Talking With Howard Anderson – January 30, 2014

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This week, Ira features a repeat of a talk with Howard Anderson. To listen to the interview click below.

Highway Radio founder (and former Howard Hughes aide) Howard Anderson, who passed away on January 21st, was a guest on my show on August 25, 2011. I thought it relevant that we present that interview again.

Anderson grew up loving the radio, and knew from a young age he wanted to own a radio station. He attended the University of Utah, where he majored in Radio Speech. After beginning his career at KDYL-TV in Salt Lake City, he moved to WFAA TV in Dallas, and then ABC Films in Chicago and later, New York. Twentieth Century Fox Television came calling, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, followed by the Hughes Television Network, and ultimately the Summa Corporation.

Anderson made his childhood dream come true in 1980, when he created KHWY FM, and became the “Big Broadcast Baron of Barstow.”

Talking With Cathy Scott – January 23, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Cathy Scott. To listen to the interview click below.

Cathy Scott is a veteran crime writer and award-winning investigative journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Post, San Diego Union-Tribune, George magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Sun and Reuters.

Best known for her penning “The Killing of Tupac Shakur” and “The Murder of Biggie Smalls,” Scott taught journalism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for five years until she traveled to the Gulf region with a magazine in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That trip resulted in the book, “Pawprints of Katrina.” Her latest books are “The Millionaire’s Wife” and “Murder in Beverly Hills.” Her recent TV appearances include Investigation Discovery, VH1 and A&E.

Scott, who also blogs for Psychology Today, is based in Las Vegas and has a second home in the mountains of San Diego County.

Talking With Seth Gold – January 16, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Seth Gold. To listen to the interview click below.

Seth Gold, who along with his father, Les and his sister, Ashley, runs the largest pawn shop in Detroit, American Jewelry and Loan. The family and the store are featured every week on “Hardcore Pawn” the top show on Tru TV.

Gold is a fourth generation pawnbroker who was recently named the 2013 National Pawnbrokers Association Pawnbroker of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting.
He was selected because of his commitment to supporting the pawn industry, community outreach, bolstering the association’s charitable giving campaigns and fostering strong relationships with his community and local leaders.

“Seth Gold and the team at American Jewelry & Loan have forged new paths for the pawn industry with the media on a national level as well as within his own local community,” said Kevin Prochaska, president of the National Pawnbrokers Association. “Our industry has benefitted immensely from Seth’s dedication and hard work.”

He learned the business from the inside-out and backed his knowledge with a degree from the University of Michigan and designations in diamond grading and colored gemstones from the Gemological Institute of America. He joined the business after his graduation from the University of Michigan.

On Twitter: @SethHCP

Talking With Eric E. Dahl – January 9, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Eric E. Dahl . To listen to the interview click below.

Eric E. Dahl is author of “B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her,” a journey through B.B. King’s guitars and music gear from his youth through today.

Dahl’s fascination with guitar and the blues started at age 5. Both of his parents had exceptional taste in music and his father worked his way through college as a bass player. Dahl played music with many local bands through his formative years and after graduating high school moved to Nashville to pursue a degree in music at Belmont College. After one semester, he decided radio and television might be a more stable source of income, so he returned to the Midwest and achieved a BA in Mass Communications and a Music Minor in Jazz/Classical Guitar from Southeast Missouri State University.

His career in television has led him from working at a local FOX affiliate in Cape Girardeau, MO to pursuing promotions in Las Vegas NV and finally back to Nashville, all with the same company and spanning almost 30 years.

Dahl has been a performing musician and guitar collector for more than 40 years. He is a contributing editor for the Blue Book Publications and has written articles appear in numerous publications. He is also an Instrument Value Appraiser for music stores and pawnshops in Nashville and Las Vegas.

Talking With Steven Wright – January 2, 2014

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This week, Ira spoke with Steven Wright . To listen to the interview click below.

Academy Award®-winner and Grammy® Award nominee Steven Wright will be performing at The Orleans Showroom January 3-4 at 8 p.m.

After launching his comedy career at the age of 23 as a regular performer at Ding Ho’s Comedy Club and Chinese Restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., Wright got his big break and was booked on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Following his performance, Wright was invited to return to “The Tonight Show” the following week for a rare back-to-back appearance.

He later appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with David Letterman” and starred in two HBO specials — “A Steven Wright Special” and “Wicker Chairs and Gravity.”

In 1985, Wright received a Grammy® nomination for his debut album, “I Have a Pony.” Twenty-two years later, he won a second Grammy® nomination for its sequel, “I Still Have a Pony.” Following his second nomination, he was the first inductee into the Boston Comedy Hall of Fame.

In 1989, Wright received an Academy Award® for Best Short Film for his satiric film, “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings,” which he co-starred in and wrote. He also appeared in several other small and big screen films, including “So I Married an Axe Murder,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Half-Baked,” “The Swan Princess.”

In 2011, Wright voiced the character Danny on an episode of the animated series, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and guest starred on the hit series “Louie.”

Talking With Hugh Anderson – December 26, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Hugh Anderson . To listen to the interview click below.

Hugh Anderson is managing director of Hightower Las Vegas, a team of investment professionals, who talks to Ira about the Southern Nevada economy, the investment climate in Las Vegas, and what the future may hold.

A native of Long Island, New York, Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. . He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts and MBA from Hofstra University in New York.

Talking With Steve Herman – December 19, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Steve Herman. To listen to the interview click below.

A veteran journalist in Asia, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America bureau chief and correspondent based in Bangkok. Prior to taking his post in Thailand, Steve was stationed in Seoul. Steve served more than three years as VOA’s South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi, India. Steve’s Twitter (@W7VOA) coverage from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster sites was widely cited by numerous media outlets globally.

His articles, columns, opinion pieces and reviews have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Far Eastern Economic Review, Harvard Summer Review, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japan Quarterly, Japan Times, Popular Communications, Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute), Radio World, Shukan Bunshun, Shukan Gendai, South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal. He has been interviewed on ABC World News Weekend, Arirang TV, BBC, BradCast (KPFK Los Angeles), Buckmaster Show (KVOI Tucson), CNN, Jeff Santos Show (WWZN Boston), John Batchelor Show (WABC New York), NewsX (India), Radio New Zealand and tbs eFM (Seoul).

Steve was elected for five consecutive years (1998-2002) to serve as Chairman of The Foreign Press in Japan (FPIJ) after completing a one-year term as President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). He also served as President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club.

Find Steve on Twitter at (@W7VOA and on Google Plus at +Steve Herman

Talking With Dick Dale – December 11, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Dick Dale . To listen to the interview click below.

Dick Dale, who will be performing at Hard Rock Live on the Las Vegas Strip December 13th at 8 p.m., invented surf music in the 1950′s. He was given the title, “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed from sun up to sundown.

He met Leo Fender, the guitar and amplifier Guru, and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, as he watched Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards. Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head, then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

Dale, being completely self-taught, plays left handed upside down, which was a result of holding the guitar left-handed. The strings became upside-down. Chords are designed for right handed players making it very difficult for a left handed player unless he were to change the strings for a left handed guitar, something that Dale never did.

Dale is also a master at the acoustic, electronic, bass and Spanish guitars, as well as the ukulele, banjo, drums, piano, organ, electronic keyboard, harpsichord, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, harmonica, xylophone and accordion.

Go to Dick Dale’s website for more on his remarkable career and association with Leo Fender.

Talking With Rex Rowley – December 5, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Rex Rowley . To listen to the interview click below.

Rex J. Rowley, author of author of “Everyday Las Vegas, local life in a tourist town,” is a geographer, teacher, mapmaker, map nerd, writer, husband, and father. He grew up in both Southern Utah and Southern Nevada, and still considers Las Vegas his hometown. After spending two years as a young adult in the Kansai region of Japan, Rowley became a Midwestern transplant by marriage and employment.

He received a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both in geography, from the University of Kansas. Rowley taught for nearly three years at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas, and one year at Illinois State University, in Normal. After teaching for three years in Wisconsin, he returned to Central Illinois and is currently an assistant professor of geography at Illinois State University.

Talking With Arnold Knightly – November 28, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Arnold Knightly . To listen to the interview click below.

Arnold Knightly is the new editor of Las Vegas City Life. Prior to joining the newspaper, Knightly was the editor of the Boulder City Review. He was a casino business reporter for 3 1/2 years at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a reporter at the Las Vegas Business Press for 17 months.

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