Luminaries Talk Past, Present, Future of Downtown Las Vegas on KNPR

On a recent episode of KNPR’s “State of Nevada,” three downtown leaders discussed the history and future of Fremont Street Experience and beyond. Listen now.

The guests were former City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, casino owner Derek Stevens and Fremont Street Experience President Patrick Hughes.

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You never know what you’re in for with this crew.

“State of Nevada” on KNPR is hosted by Joe Schoenmann, and the show was broadcast live from inside the Golden Gate, a casino owned by Derek Stevens.

Stevens also owns the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, The D Las Vegas and is bringing another casino resort to Fremont Street in 2020, Circa Resort & Casino.

Derek Stevens
Derek Stevens is helping transform downtown Las Vegas.

Also interviewed was Las Vegas legend Oscar Goodman, “consort” (his word, not ours!) of the current Mayor of the City of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman.

Oscar Goodman has been a vocal advocate for downtown Las Vegas for decades, and has been able to see many of the projects he initiated come to fruition, most notably the Mob Museum.

Oscar Goodman
To say Oscar Goodman speaks his mind is the understatement of the century. You’ll see.

Fremont Street Experience President Patrick Hughes gave an update about the upcoming upgrade to the Viva Vision canopy.

Hughes is overseeing the $32 million upgrade that will make the largest video screen in the world seven times brighter than it currently is, so the canopy can operate 24 hours a day (it’s currently limited to nighttime hours).

The upgrade will bring with it a much better resolution, new light shows and other digital content and interactive elements that will push the limits of technology and imagination.

Patrick Hughes
If you interview Patrick Hughes, you know it’s going to be a party.

The Viva Vision canopy upgrade is a partnership between Fremont Street Experience, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

It’s expected the upgraded canopy will debut at the end of 2019, on New Year’s Eve. Anticipate hoopla on a grand scale.

The KNPR interview gives rare insight from three of the people who have made downtown Las Vegas such popular destination, and who will shepherd its evolution.

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Everything’s more fun when you do it inside a casino. Even public radio!

These interview subjects pull no punches (we’re looking at you, Oscar), so take a listen and enjoy an hour with three of the most influential, colorful individuals ever to make an appearance on “State of Nevada.”

And thanks to KNPR for helping spread the word about what’s going on at Fremont Street Experience and beyond.

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