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.
Our Greatest Hits, Part One
With four years of podcasts (119 Episodes!), we thought it would be good to look back and share some of our best moments. But there are so many, it will take us three episodes to do it. This one centers on gaming - except for how Jonathan almost didn't make it to Las Vegas thanks to Dyson vacuum cleaners. Also: great stories from Wynn Las Vegas president Marilyn Spiegel, casino superhost Steve Cyr, veteran gambler Billy Walters, Plaza bingo guru Weldon Russell, gambling consultant & author Anthony Curtis and former Golden Nugget owner Tim Poster.
Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Gary Vickery
Las Vegas' Historic Westside
Every big city had its ghetto, and Las Vegas was no exception. But the people of the Historic Westside made the most of what they had. Filmmaker Emmett Gates has spearheaded a new film about that place and those times, called "Across the Tracks: A Las Vegas Westside Story." He shares the story about making the film, the memories shared by longtime residents, and the hopes for the future.
Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Gary Vickery
Vegas Pauly C
Pauly C is Paul Contino, a former telcom executive who also calls himself a degenerate gambler. He's also the inventor of Casino Comp Wallet, an app that aggregates and curates your various loyalty programs and comps you've earned. And Pauly C is also an Internet star, posting short Vegas-centric videos under the name "Vegas Pauly C." His dozens of posts have accumulated more than a million views. Pauly C shares the ups and downs of his Vegas journey, and offers some tips on maximizing your comps.
The Downtown Grand's Andrew Economon
Downtown Grand GM Andrew Economon has, in his words, worked "both sides of the street" in Las Vegas - for Caesars and for MGM. He's made other stops along The Strip and off The Strip, He now runs the hotel that used to be "Lady Luck." After a long closure, it came back ten years ago as The Downtown Grand. Andrew and Jonathan discuss the challenges and rewards of operating downtown, and the latest efforts to, in Andrew's words, "Make Downtown Great Again." He even has hats with that motto!
Christiaan Van Buuren, Plaza Table Games Director
Jonathan and Gary continue the "tradition" of welcoming new manager by putting them on the podcast. Christiaan Van Buuren is the new Director of Table Games, and a South African like Jonathan. Christiaan shares his journey from the casino world of South Africa to Las Vegas, a detour to South Korea, then back to Vegas. Also in this episode: Jonathan and Gary review the big events of 2023 at the Plaza, and preview/hint at new things to come.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst
Las Vegas' first female mayor, Jan Jones Blackhurst, served from 1994 to 1999 - immediately preceding Oscar Goodman. Jones Blackhurst had already made a name for herself as a TV spokeswoman for her family's grocery store chain, Thrifimart, and her former husband's car dealership. She tells how she ran for mayor on a bet, which she obviously won. The city mushroomed in size during her terms, and she's credited with making the city more livable. She shares stories about establishing the Fremont Street Experience, running for governor and her career with Caesars since leaving office.
This is an excellent podcast. Jonathan and the team pull out fantastic stories and great lessons from the guests. I’ve already listened to a dozen Rosina’s have another dozen qued up. Keep it up Plaza folks!!
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this podcast. I went to Vegas the last weekend of March 2023/First days of April 2023 for my mom’s wedding. I stayed at the incredible time machine that is El Cortez, and knew little to nothing about downtown Las Vegas. I have been to LV numerous times as a kid and teen, but hadn’t been as an adult. It has always held a special place in my heart, having lived in the area as a child, and now I can’t wait to visit yearly, if not permanently.
The history of Vegas is so rich and deep, and I feel like On the Corner of Main Street encapsulates all of it with such a vast array of guests. The fact that Jonathan is a host along with Lisa is satisfying and oddly comforting, that a CEO is so laid back and willing to be committing to a podcast about so many things beyond his own hotel. As well as having guests on that are so diverse with so many different perspectives. It would be cool to hear Zak Bagans on the podcast, being a Las Vegas native, who is in a whole different category of the history of the town. That would be a fun episode.
I didn’t discover this podcast until I got home from vacation. So I binged from the beginning, and I can’t wait to go back. I was so bummed I was unaware of EVERYTHING that is DTLV. It’s vastly underrated in my opinion. I’ll be staying at the Plaza next time, no question! Please never stop doing this podcast.
On The Corner of Main
My favorite podcast! Already have reservations at Oscar’s in May for my birthday!