I also was hired at KLAV, my second time with the station, by Harvey Allen about 1978. I stayed with the station for about two years before I moved to Los Angeles in April of 1980. My name there was Tommy Wilson. Johnny Magness was there. He invited me to one of his movie shoots on a film called Electric Horseman. He was a SAG member and he did a part in that show. I eventually worked as an extra in that movie and I became a working movie extra which caused me to move to Los Angeles. That all worked out very well and it started with Las Vegas radio. Also at KLAV (which then was in a building near Maryland Parkway and Sahara if I remember correctly) at that time was Sig Sacowitz. He was a real person often mentioned in Jackie Vernon's routine. I ran the board for Sig and he invited me to his TV show a few times. Tom Cross once invited me to Ralph Pearl's TV show when Ralph was interviewing Robert Goulet. Robert was so very funny and Ralph was trying to be so serious. May they both rest in peace. U stayed with KLAV when it became Disco123. I learned to mix the beats of Disco music and I actually enjoyed a lot of the Disco music. There was a deejay there named Dave Jennings. Christopher Haze was there. You are right about casinos and hotels wanting a radio station on their property. KVEG was in the Landmark Hotel and KLAV for awhile was at The Castaways, KDWN was downtown at Union Plaza, KLAS/KLAV was at the El Rancho Vegas and KRAM was at The Tropicana. There also was some deejay in the 1960s who tried to set a world record of spending time on an elevator and I think he even broadcast from inside the elevator of The Mint Hotel downtown.
Yes KLAV was in a building near Maryland Pkwy. and Sahara. It was just South of Sahara on the East side of Maryland...near Sunrise Hospital. It was on the top floor and the control room had a great view of Las Vegas at night.
I worked there a couple of years after the Disco 1-2-3 era, The station was known as the "Super Hit Station". Christopher Haze was still there. In fact he's the one who hired me. But by that time he had a new name because GM Morgan Skinner felt that "Haze" sounded too drug oriented and he wanted KLAV to be a family station.
That building is still there. It seems to have a lot of empty office space. Every now and then I pass it and it brings back such nice memories. I have been tempted to park and take the elevator up to the top for old times sake.