This week, Ira spoke with Alan Snel. To listen to the interview click below.
Journalist Alan Snell, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com reports the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry, is author of “Long Road Back to Las Vegas: How Las Vegas and the Golden Knights healed a journalist’s wounds.”
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snel talks his dramatic and life-changing bicycle accident in Florida; his decision to return to journalism and to Las Vegas to cope with and overcome his trauma; his timely launch of LVSportsBiz.com, which reports on the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry; his connection to Red Rock; and why he sees biking as a metaphor for life.
Snel is a veteran journalist, with decades of sports-business reporting experience. He covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, he launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com.
After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.
This week, Ira spoke with Clint Holmes. To listen to the interview click below.
Two-time Grammy® nominee Clint Holmes will be performing “Holmes for the Holiday” in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center December 21-22 and then a special New Year’s Eve performance in Sam Town’s Live at Sam’s Town.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Holmes talks about performing in the moment; honoring the song no matter the size of the audience; the influence of Larry Moss, his director and acting teacher; growing as an artist; what he learned from his parents; and the impact of Las Vegas on his career.
The son of an African-American jazz musician and a classically-trained British opera singer, Clint was raised with the best of two musical worlds. His 40-plus year career has taken him to the top of the charts, to concert halls, on TV screens, and also cemented his legacy as a veritable Las Vegas institution.
His big break came in 1972 when he released “Playground In My Mind,” a song that stayed for 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1986 to 1988, he served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on FOX’s “The Late Show.” He was also a musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight,” and as the host of his own Emmy Award-winning talk/variety show.
Since his move to Las Vegas, Clint has become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as a major star in the entertainment arena.
This week, Ira spoke with K-Von. To listen to the interview click below.
Comedian K-Von is headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas December 17-24, with showtimes at 8:30pm & 10:30pm.
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, K-Von talks about his humorous perspective from being raised in a half-Persian family (the other half is American) that brought him to Las Vegas at age 10; discovering the Persian New Year; selling medical devices by day and performing stand-up comedy by night; being bumped off stage by Chris Rock; and taking the non-Hollywood approach to developing his career.
K-Von has starred in MTV’s hit show “Disaster Date,” and his comedy has received rave reviews on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” NETFLIX, SHOWTIME, “Good Morning America,” BBC, and NPR.
He has garnered millions of views online with sketches, standup comedy clips, and a viral “TED Talk.” He also produced an award-winning documentary about Persian New Year, and is currently working on a book that details his unique upbringing and journey into comedy.
This week, Ira spoke with Jay Baer. To listen to the interview click below.
Entrepreneur Jay Baer, president of the Indiana-based consulting firm Convince & Convert and the keynote speaker at the recent Governor’s Global Tourism Summit in Reno, is author of “Talk Triggers.”
In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Baer talks about turning customers into volunteer marketers; how Penn & Teller, among others, are effective in using the techniques of word of mouth as opposed to social media; how these techniques make your marketing customer driven rather than celebrity driven; how to give your customers something they don’t expect; and why Baer loves judging barbecue!
Baer helps businesses clone their customers.He is a seventh- generation entrepreneur, has written six best-selling books, and has founded five multi-million dollar companies. He is the President of Convince & Convert, a consulting firm that works with the world’s most iconic brands like The United Nations, 3M, and Hilton gain and keep more customers.
A recent inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame, he’s also an avid tequila collector, and a certified barbecue judge.