We’re back with highlights from another talk by former Las Vegas Mayor, famous attorney and steakhouse namesake Oscar Goodman. Oscar reads from a logbook of Metro Police officers who were following him in the 1970s, and has some ‘kind’ words for a local politician seated at his table.
But the centerpiece of this story involves Tony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro and a ‘friend’ he brought into Oscar’s law office one day. You will be fascinated!
UFC is the world’s largest promoter of mixed martial arts, and is based in Las Vegas. Its iconic ring announcer, Bruce Buffer, is the star of this episode. Bruce shares the story of finding his passion in his mid 30s – after finding his long-lost half-brother — who also happens to be the world’s most famous boxing ring announcer, Michael Buffer.
Bruce Buffer talks about helping Michael capitalize on his fame, and then finding the perfect gig for himself with UFC.
Vital Vegas blogger Scott Roeben is back as the podcast’s first-ever THREE-TIME guest! And there is plenty to discuss. For one, Scott is not a fan of the statue of Oscar Goodman with Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, and he lets Jonathan know why.
Jonathan smooths it over by taking Scott’s advice on a new combo item for the bar (you’ll have to listen to find out what it is).
Jonathan also teases Scott about a new expansion project that’s not been announced.
And it all starts with Scott talking about a sudden video poker jackpot – two of them – just before we recorded. Much to producer Rich Johnson’s dismay.
He’s back! Former William Hill USA president Joe Asher, now president of sports gaming at IGT, joins Jonathan and Lisa at Oscar’s. Joe explains his new job, how the William Hill – Caesars deal worked out, and how he relaxed between jobs.
He also offers some ‘advice’ for pro athletes celebrating championships (hint: don’t be an idiot).
Jonathan and Lisa welcome a very special guest: Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak. They discuss how the Milwaukee native got to Las Vegas in the 1970s, and stayed – establishing a successful marketing business that lasted more than 30 years.
He traces his transition to public service and how his first term has been defined by the Covid pandemic. And the governor discusses his efforts to diversify the state’s economy so it’s not as dependent on the hospitality industry.
Second-generation Las Vegas legend Brian Greenspun swings by Oscar’s to tell fantastic stories about his legendary father, the early mob days of The Strip, helping found the state of Israel and desegregating the casino resorts.
Brian also discusses his legacy, including development of neighborhoods and the casino in Green Valley Ranch.
It was a night to remember when Las Vegas royalty showed up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Oscar’s Steakhouse. Not only did the former mayor tell a great story about ‘The Trial of the Century,’ he was the subject of a roast that included a rare appearance by legendary comic magician The Amazing Jonathan.
And we learned about big improvements coming to the restaurant. We have the highlights. But beware: this episode is definitely rated “E” for explicit.
Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s biggest and best events, from the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon to Electric Daisy Carnival to the National Finals Rodeo.
The Organization that finds those events and convinces their organizers to come here is LVE – Las Vegas Events. For 20 years, Pat Christenson has been LVE’s president. He shares some stories about the progress in those years – especially how NFR came to Vegas and won’t ever leave.
The Plaza has become a player in the Vegas rodeo scene thanks to Linnea Mitchell Nelson, who convinced Jonathan to build the Core Arena.
The arena has hosted a variety of events, but its main reason for being is rodeo. Linnea tells us how that happened, and how the modest bit of dirt next to the hotel complex has anchored the Plaza’s growing presence during National Finals Rodeo and all year.
In past episodes we’ve presented bits and pieces of past Oscar Dinners, in which the former mayor tells tales from his days at the nation’s top mob lawyer. But this time we’re giving you The Full Oscar – an entire story from start to finish, as recorded at Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza. Enjoy!