The 4th annual New Media Expo was in town for their convention this past weekend. It's for digital media creators, podcasters and content developers for improving internet presence. With this group in town, Palms owner George Maloof thought it right to offer to host Podcast A Palooza in 'The Lounge' at the main entrance of his Palms Casino Resort. It featured 3 of the better known Las Vegas online shows that have attracted a global audience. He also took some time out of his schedule to discuss Las Vegas and his recently opened Palms Place, both for residences and as a condo hotel and spa. The new tower is just to the west of the original casino and hotel and the Fantasy Tower, connecting to the podium level with a SkyTube.
Palms place had been sold out 4 year prior and began closings just this past March. George said he's been pleased with the amount of units that have closed, even though it's happening in possibly the most difficult market situation in history. He's also no stranger to operating in hard times, having the unfortunate situation to open his casino resort in the wake of 9-11. He's very positive about Las Vegas rebounding, and cites the growth of his property as an example of the city's redundancy. Even after that rough start, he added the Fantasy Tower with Playboy Club, a recording studio and the Pearl Concert, venue and now Palms Place all in the past 7 years. He also says he isn't done developing the 36 acre property.
The podcasts began with Tim and Michele Dressen's Five Hundy by Midnight, labeled as the 'Original Las Vegas Podcast'. This husband and wife team that was married in Las Vegas began their online broadcasts in January of 2005. It seemed like a natural next step for the couple that became hooked on the 'Vegas Experience' in the 90's...and with Las Vegas' 40 million visitors they aren't alone.
Next up was The Strip Podcast, hosted by international freelance journalist Steve Friess and his partner, KVBC - TV3 Las Vegas Executive Producer Miles Smith. Known for their ability to secure celebrity interviews even spur of the moment, this was no exception. Fellow Las Vegan and famous wild prop comic, the pumped-up Scott Thompson joined them to discuss everything from his appearances on Leno and Comedy Central to his recent contract extension at Luxor. In case you don't recognise his name... you might have heard of him as that crazy man, Carrot Top.
Last up was The Vegas Gang, a team made up from the online site Rate Vegas' Hunter Hillegas, Las Vegas Sun and In Business Las Vegas Executive Editor Jeff Simpson, Director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Research Dr. David Schwartz, Managing Editor of Anthony Curtis' Las Vegas Advisor David McKee, and website VegasTripping's 'Chuckmonster'. George Maloof joined them for their podcast for a very casual and open discussion of all things Las Vegas and the Palms.
'My photographer' was invited to take some pictures of the event, and you can check out a few of them in this slideshow. Click play, or to view Full Screen press the HD button in the player's bottom toolbar, and click it again to close when done. You can also watch this and my other Las Vegas slideshows here.
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