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On The Corner Of Main Street

On the Corner of Main Street provides an inside scoop on downtown Las Vegas. From gaming and special events to new projects and the growing art scene, hear straight from the amazing people who are making downtown Las Vegas a unique and fast-growing destination. Recorded at the Plaza Hotel & Casino – on the corner of Main Street – Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel will be joined by special guests, including gaming industry leaders, entertainers, local officials and downtown partners, who will share their own exclusive and often entertaining perspective on where Vegas got its start and where it’s going now.

Hosted by Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery.

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Ep. 40 – The Return of Vital Vegas!

Thirty episodes after his first appearance, Scott Roeben is back! The man behind the Vital Vegas blog shares some of his strong opinions about the region’s post-Covid resurgence. Scott and Jonathan also take a deep dive into the history of Plaza’s fractious relationship with the Fremont Street Experience – especially regarding construction of “Slotzilla,” the […]

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Ep. 39 – Fred Mossler, Downtown Visionary

Tony Hsieh wouldn’t join a startup company called Shoesite unless Fred Mossler came along. Fred Mossler said he wouldn’t sign on until Tony Hsieh did. Despite barely knowing each other, both said yes, and both turned Shoesite into Zappos — and helped turn downtown Las Vegas into what it is today. Fred was also a […]

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Ep. 38 – Larry Ruvo, Las Vegas Treasure

Running the region’s largest distributor of wine and spirits inevitably makes Larry Ruvo a player in Las Vegas. But Larry never rested on his wealth. After his father died from Alzheimer’s Disease (which had been mis-diagnosed), Larry decided to do something about it. That “something” is the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a world-class […]

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Ep. 37 – Louie Anderson, Comic Legend

He’s an Emmy winner, a veteran of more than 40 years making people laugh, and the former resident comic at the Plaza. He is comic legend Louie Anderson! Louie talks about how much he loved playing Plaza’s showroom and how he coped with the past year. And he drops a few hints about his future […]

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Ep. 36 – Anthony Curtis, The Vegas Advisor

What’s it like to make your living playing cards? Anthony Curtis did it for nearly two decades. Along the way, he became a publisher of gaming-centric books and a collector of great deals and value in Las Vegas. He shares stories of both counting cards and diving into discounts in this packed episode. Hosts: Jonathan […]

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Ep. 35 – Paul Devitt, Fremont East Pioneer

In the early 2000s, nobody was going to East Fremont St. But veteran New York hospitality executive Paul Devitt saw something there and decided to become the area’s nightlife pioneer. Devitt opened Beauty Bar, a Vegas version of his successful New York bar and music venue. Other bars followed, inspired by Beauty Bar’s success. While […]

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Ep. 34 – John Curtas, Food Critic

Lawyer, by day, foodie by night. And morning. And afternoon. And pretty much every waking hour. John Curtas has been blogging about the Las Vegas food scene before most people knew there WAS a food scene! John shares his thoughts about how downtown has improved, details his most memorable Vegas meal ever, and is not […]

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Ep. 33 – Oliver Lovat, Vegas Expert

Why does one casino property flourish while the one next door flounder? That’s one of the many subjects that Oliver Lovat has tackled in more than two decades of research into the business of Las Vegas and its unique real estate market. Along the way he’s also become a Vegas historian and expert in how […]

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Ep. 32 – Steve Cyr, Vegas Superhost

For more than 30 years, Steve Cyr has defined and re-defined the job of Las Vegas casino host. He’s still at it, taking high rollers and ‘whales’ on gaming adventures around the world. He shares how his plan to finish his degree at UNLV then manage the family motel in Salina, Kansas was suddenly derailed […]

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Ep. 31 – Frankie Scinta, The Showman

Jonathan and Gary spend a fast-paced 40 minutes with Vegas icon Frankie Scinta (pronounced SHIN-tuh), who’s been performing since childhood. For nearly 20 years, Frankie’s been headlining rooms from the Rio to the Sahara… to The Plaza. Frankie shares great stories from those wild times, gets serious about losing his brother and dealing with the […]

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Ep. 30 – Jason Strauss, Tao Group

It may be a party every night in Las Vegas, but making those parties happen is hard work for Jason Strauss, one of the Managing Partners of Tao Group Hospitality. Jason shares his journey from organizing a party for fellow high school seniors in New York to running one of the most successful hospitality companies […]

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Ep. 29 – Michael Parks

Wanna buy a casino? Do you have one to sell? If so, Michael Parks is your guy. He’s put together some of the biggest casino deals in Las Vegas, Reno and beyond. Michael takes a deep dive into the complex, intriguing world of gaming properties — including the sale of The Las Vegas Club.  Also, […]

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Ep. 28 – Patrick McNeil, Faile

Is it a wolf? Is it a dog? You’ll find the answer to that question, and more about one of the huge murals on the North Tower of The Plaza from the artist, himself. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary dial up New York City and talk to Patrick McNeil, half of the art collective known as […]

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Ep. 27 – Ross Mollison, Spiegelworld

The “Empresario Extraordinaire” of Las Vegas, Ross Mollison, joins Jonathan, Lisa and Gary. Actually, Ross is the founder of Spiegelworld, the company that brings us “Absinthe,” “Opium” and “Atomic Saloon,” three of the biggest shows on The Strip. Checking in from New York, Ross updates the status of the shows during the Covid closures. He […]

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Ep. 26 – Brett Lashbrook, Las Vegas Lights F.C.

The man who brought professional soccer to Las Vegas joins Jonathan and Lisa to talk about the journey. Brett Lashbrook, owner and GM of Las Vegas Lights F.C., explains how bringing the world’s most popular sport to the world’s entertainment capital was a “no brainer.” He also discusses the various proposals for upgrading the Lights’ […]

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Ep. 25 – Sheriff Joseph Lombardo

Clark County Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo shares tales of growing up in Las Vegas, graduating from UNLV, joining the force and rising through the ranks until he was elected Sheriff in 2014. He spent much of his early career patrolling the streets of downtown, so he’s a first-hand witness to the dramatic changes in the […]

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Ep. 24 – Mary Myers & Memories of The Las Vegas Club

Plaza slots manager Mary Myers joints Jonathan, Lisa and Gary to talk about her job — and her past jobs at The Las Vegas Club, the old joint across Main St. from the Plaza. The Las Vegas Club closed three years ago to make room for Circa, which just opened. Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, […]

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Ep. 23 – Mike Nolan, The El Cortez

The El Cortez has anchored the east end of Fremont Street since 1941. Current CEO and partner Mike Nolan joins Jonathan and Lisa to talk about its legendary (and occasionally infamous) history. Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 22 – Rob McCoy, The Neon Museum

Neon Museum CEO Rob McCoy shares stories about the organization dedicated to preserving the beautiful, iconic, striking neon signs that have defined Las Vegas for decades. McCoy explains how the museum came to be, how it continues to grow – and how other neon museums have sprung up with several other cities. Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, […]

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Ep. 21 – Doug Stanhope

Live from his home in Bisbee, Arizona, The Plaza’s favorite standup comedian, Doug Stanhope, joins Jonathan, Lisa and Gary. Doug played a sold-out Plaza showroom on New Year’s Eve, and we’re all ready to have him back as soon as possible. Gary finally gets an answer about why so many bibles went missing during Doug’s […]

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Ep. 20 – Myron Martin

Jonathan and Lisa talk to Myron Martin, the man who brought a world-class performing arts center to Las Vegas. Myron recounts how he came to Las Vegas to work for Liberace, how he inadvertently insulted the fledgling arts community – and how that comment put him square in the middle of the two-decade effort to […]

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Ep. 19 – Dr. David Schwartz

Jonathan and Gary take a deep dive into Las Vegas history with Dr. David Schwartz of UNLV, who’s focused most of his academic career on the history and psychology of gaming. Dave shares stories from his new book “At the Sands,” including those weeks in the winter of 1960 when The Rat Pack performed by […]

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Ep. 18 – James Trees, Esther’s Kitchen

Just a short ride from The Plaza is Esther’s Kitchen, in the heart of the Arts District. Among the funky bars and eclectic shops, owner/chef James Trees brings 20 years of fine dining experience to the table for his take on seasonal Italian cuisine. The Las Vegas native, who worked in some of the best […]

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Ep. 17 – Brian Christopher, YouTube Slots

Brian Christopher is the host/founder/genius behind BC Slots, the YouTube channel that has millions of people watching Brian… play slot machines. In his visit with Jonathan, Lisa and Gary, Brian says he’s as surprised as anyone that he’s able to make a nice living producing videos of him at slot machines all over the country: sometimes […]

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Ep. 16 – Ryan Growney, Our Neighbor to the South (Point)

Jonathan and Lisa confess their love for all things South Point, the huge hotel, casino, bowling, movie, rodeo, restaurant, sportsbook, and showroom complex at the very south end of Las Vegas Blvd. South Point General Manager Ryan Growney, Las Vegas born and bred, shares his journey – which includes Georgetown University (and the late, great […]

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Ep. 15 – Kelly Fairchild, Las Vegas Walking Tours

Jonathan, Gary and Lisa get the lowdown on Fremont St. from the man who knows all: Kelly Fairchild, owner of Las Vegas Walking Tours. Every day, Kelly begins his tour at the Plaza, then takes people on a two-hour guided walk tour that concludes at The Container Park at 7th & Fremont. In this episode, […]

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Ep. 14 – Flavor Flav!

Jonathan and Lisa welcome music legend, Las Vegas resident and good friend of the Plaza, Flavor Flav! He talks about new projects, coping with Covid-19, and where he got his stage name. He also takes a call from a friend and samples Plaza’s famous Pop-Up Pizza – both New York and Detroit style. And yes, […]

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Ep. 13 – Jonathan Ullman, The Mob Museum

The gang hears great gangster stories from Jonathan Ullman, President & CEO of The Mob Museum – aka The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The museum professional says he knew nothing about the mob before coming to Las Vegas a decade ago. Since then, he’s lead the team that’s made the Mob […]

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Ep. 12 – Esme Gonzalez, Queen of the Casino

Plaza’s Director of Casino Marketing, Esme Gonzalez, joins the gang to share stories from her career — from being a bad**s overnight front desk manager to running the ‘Plaza Rewards’ program and the property’s casino hosts. Along the way: some very memorable promotions – for very different reasons!  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, […]

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Ep. 11 – Derek Stevens and big changes downtown!

Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, shares how a successful Detroit auto parts manufacturer turned his love for Las Vegas into owning two casinos. Derek and Jonathan Jossel also discuss what’s happening right across Main Street: Circa, the most ambitious project that downtown has ever seen. Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel […]

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Ep. 10 – Vital Vegas, lover of all things Las Vegas

Scott Roeben, the man behind one of the top Las Vegas blogs, Vital Vegas, is our guest for an extensive conversation about the joys of Downtown, the history of the blog (and Scott), and his hopes for the entire area when it comes to recovering from the shutdown.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary […]

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Ep. 9 – We’re Back!! (Almost)

The Plaza is ready to re-open on Thursday, June 4th. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary share all the details about what to expect when you visit.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery  Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 8 – Ryan Doherty

We go “on location” to Fremont East, and talk to longtime Las Vegas businessman Ryan Doherty. He’s the owner of Corner Bar Management, which operates several bars in downtown Las Vegas.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery    Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 7 – Joe Asher

We welcome the CEO of William Hill US, Joe Asher. William Hill is the largest sports book operator in the country, and is our sports book partner at Plaza.  Joe and Jonathan Jossel talk about the history of Plaza sports books, and Hill’s efforts to become a presence in states that have legalized sports betting.  […]

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Ep. 6 – Shut It Down!

What’s it take to close a building that never closes? Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel takes a deeper dive into the final hours before we shut our doors on March 17th. Lisa Melmed shares the challenge of helping check every single room at closing. And Jonathan answers more email and social media questions, as he, Lisa […]

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Ep. 5 – We’re Back… Sort Of

Jonathan, Lisa and Gary have connected from their homes for this episode. They share how they’re coping these days, and what’s happening at the Plaza during the closure. Jonathan also talks about the 2011 shutdown in which the property underwent a major upgrade. And he tells tales about two floods that hit the Plaza.  Hosted […]

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Ep. 4 – Oscar B. Goodman.

Oscar B. Goodman needs no introduction. He is responsible for making downtown Las Vegas what it is today. More importantly he was the Mayor of Las Vegas and a former lawyer for organized crime. On this episode of the podcast, Oscar shares stories of moving to Las Vegas, representing individuals who were reputedly involved with […]

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Ep. 3 – Well done… Weldon.

Weldon Russell. The godfather of Bingo. Vietnam Veteran. Weldon came to Vegas when he was 14 years old. He has worked along side Steve Wynn, Jackie Gaughan and Jonathan Jossel. Weldon helped introduce Keno to Australia, where he lived for 15 years. His knowledge about the game is unrivaled. Hosted by Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, […]

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Ep. 2 – A young guy making downtown better.

Downtown Las Vegas, 2005. Sam Cherry, developer and head of the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission, sets his sights on building a high rise building in Downtown Las Vegas. Sam shares his story of building Soho Lofts. He also shares his story of the first time meeting Former Mayor Oscar Goodman. It’s a good one.

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Ep. 1 – It’s changing, trust me.

Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel describes his journey moving to Las Vegas, NV in 2005, becoming the C.E.O. of the Plaza Hotel and Casino and meeting two important figures shaping downtown Las Vegas.

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