Ep. 55 – Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Time to give the other Mayor Goodman some love – current Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman! She shares insights on being married to Oscar for nearly 60 years, as well as her early work in Las Vegas as a publicist and founder of the valley’s first prep school.

The Mayor also shares two examples of her experience with the high-profile and “in the weeds” aspects of public service: her duties as the “voice” of the region after the October 1 tragedy, and her long-term ongoing efforts to convince California to widen Interstate 15 between Barstow and the Nevada state line. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 54 – A Huge Announcement

It’s going to be a legend within a legend: The Sand Dollar Downtown will open later this year inside Plaza!

Rockin’ for more than 40 years just west of The Strip, the Sand Dollar has been a favorite of those in the hospitality industry. Its intimate, old-school vibe is combined with an elevated but unpretentious bar program you don’t usually find in live music venues.

The Sand Dollar Downtown (which JJ’s already nicknamed “The Downtown Dollar”) will resurrect the energy of rock’s golden era, and provide a comfortable, modern experience. It will be just off the casino floor, and have its own entrance on Main St.

Joining Jonathan and Lisa are Sand Dollar co-owners Anthony Jamison and Nathan Grates, along with Plaza Food & Beverage Director Ryan Rowland.

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 53 – Mark Shunock, Entertainer, MC and Philanthropist

Quickly after he arrived to play Lenny in “Rock of Ages,” Mark Shunock fell in love with Las Vegas. And it took him only about three months to put together a charity that is prospering to this day: Mondays Dark.

Mark and wife Sheryl Daro call upon their performing friends every other Monday to put on a show, the proceeds benefiting a different Las Vegas charity every time. Since it began, Mondays Dark has raised more than $1.5 million.

While “Rock of Ages” is gone, Mark is best known as the in-game MC for the Vegas Golden Knights. He’s the guy up at the siren keeping up the energy between periods. And he’s now branched into boxing, as a ring announcer for Top Rank Boxing cards.

And, oh yeah: he was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in “The Lion King” on Broadway! Quite a bit, he says, for a kid from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 52 – Jason McCormick, Station Casinos Sportsbook

Jonathan, Lisa and Gary get a thorough education in sports betting with a three-decade veteran of the business, Station Casinos Vice President of Race and Sports Jason McCormick.

Jason shares his lifelong fascination with sports betting, how it brought him to Las Vegas and how – unlike most in the business – he’s been able to stay with one company for so long.

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 51 – Corey Harrison, Pawn Star

It’s a wild time with Las Vegas native and third generation pawnbroker Corey Harrison. He takes us behind the counter of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, the home of one of the highest rated TV shows of the past decade.

Corey talks about how he thought the show would never be the phenomenon it is. And he shares how he suddenly discovered how wrong he was, and how famous he’d suddenly become in a place he couldn’t escape: a cruise ship!

Advisory: This episode is rated ‘E’ for explicit. Yeah. Corey swears just a bit.

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 50 – Sean Christie, Nightclub King

House of Blues. Blush. Bare Pool Lounge. Daydream. Surrender. Encore Beach Club. Andrea’s. On the Record. Those are just a few of the clubs and venues that Sean Christie has founded or managed during his more than 20 years in Las Vegas.

He joins us to talk about all that, and what’s new: Carversteak, a spectacular steakhouse scheduled to open in December at Resorts World.

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 49 – Oscar’s Path To Mob Lawyer

We’re back with highlights from another Oscar Dinner Series event. This time, Oscar told stories about his first client – a pro bono murder case that involved a lie detector and a prosecutor who wasn’t living up to his deal.

Then Oscar talks about the cases that cemented – rightly or wrongly – his reputation as a “miracle worker” among those in the Las Vegas sports betting community.

Oscar, Jonathan and Lisa also talk about what’s coming at the next dinner.

Hosts: Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel

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Ep. 48 – Foodie Tours!

Lip Smaking Foodie Tours is your ticket to sample some of the best restaurants in downtown Las Vegas, The Strip, the Arts District and more.

Owner Donald Contursi and tour guide Tom Svoboda talk to Lisa and Gary about how the business started, how it’s recovered from Covid and what’s next!

Hosts: Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery, Jonathan Jossel

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Ep. 46 – Jason Feinberg, Fox5 Morning Anchor

In a town with a reputation as a transient media market, Jason Feinberg is an exception. He’s been here for 15 years. He anchors the morning news at Fox5, and often covers the biggest events, parties and openings here in Las Vegas. 

Jason shares his career path, which included stops in Palm Springs, West Texas, Seattle and Los Angeles. 

And Jason tries again to get the fact that a Brit with nearly zero knowledge of American football won his fantasy football tournament last season! (Hint: the Brit’s initials are J.J.)

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery

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Ep. 45 – Too Much Oscar? Never!!

He’s back with more tales of old Las Vegas. Oscar Goodman, our Steakhouse namesake, former mayor and legendary lawyer talks with Jonathan about the last Oscar’s Dinner Series.

At the dinner, Oscar tells the story of how he and Carolyn came to Las Vegas and recalls a couple of his early cases  — including the one that cemented his reputation as Las Vegas’s premier ‘mob lawyer’ (his words!). 

Host: Jonathan Jossel (with a cameo appearance by producer Rich Johnson)

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