Ep. 60 – Michael Green

It’s time for your Nevada history lesson! And few know more about  the Silver State’s colorful history than Dr. Michael Green, Associate Professor of history at UNLV.

Jonathan, Lisa and Gary dive into the early days of Las Vegas, how the men who worked on Hoover Dam enjoyed their paydays on Block 16, and the first casino to be controlled by the Mob. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery


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Ep. 59 – David Lopez, AGS

The CEO of AGS (aka American Gaming Systems), David Lopez, shares his journey from Troy, NY to Las Vegas – from sweeping floors at MGM Grand to running one of the nation’s top makers of slot machines, card shufflers, table game displays and online casino games.

Along the way, you might even learn the secret of “Monkey Pirate.” And this one is rated “E.” 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery


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Ep. 57 – Shane Hnidy, Golden Knights Analyst

A veteran of 11 years playing in the NHL, Shane Hnidy (pronounced NY-dee) has been with the Vegas Golden Knights as a TV analyst since Day One. 

Shane makes his first visit to Oscar’s (but promises it won’t be his last) to talk about his vagabond career, how he made the transition from the ice to the broadcast booth at home in Manitoba, and why he jumped at the chance to move to Las Vegas. 

NOTE #1: This was recorded before the newest mask mandate in Las Vegas, and before the Golden Knights traded away Marc-Andre Fleury. 

NOTE #2: The podcast is taking a summer vacation. We’ll be back in September. It’s a good time to catch up on past episodes!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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Ep. 56 – J Dapper, Developer & Visionary

Jonathan and Gary spend time with J Dapper, a Las Vegas native who’s developed retail, office and residential spaces all over the valley. 

But his current passion has just begun: a three-year project to restore the Huntridge Theater and develop other nearby properties. The goal is to renew a historic, but neglected, part of downtown. 

J also presents Jonathan with a gift: a family document linked to one of the most infamous names in Las Vegas history. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Gary Vickery


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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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