Miscellaneous Personalities

Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade.
Above photo taken by Roger Cheng of U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Roger’s CNET news colleague Ian Sherr, conducting the interview, which Roger posted in a tweet. Gig is in the foreground.
Ian Sherr (far right) Executive Editor for the west coast at CNET News, formerly wrote for The Wall Street Journal and told Gig that he also used to work on Capital Hill in Washington, DC and also said he was either a government contractor or an arms contractor.
Also pictured to the left is U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), photo taken after Ian interviewed Congressman Issa on CNET at the broadcast table behind them.
Paula Francis, Retired KLAS-TV 8 award winning news anchor, Democrat Campaign Rally with U.S. V.P Joe Biden and U.S. Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Culinary Union Local 226 Hall, 1630 S Commerce St, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102, October 13, 2016
Edited conversation between Gig and Paula
Gig: Are you the news reporter that retired?
(Gig re-tweeted and posted her television stations best wishes in her retirement on his two business social media websites on April 1, 2016,
That’s why I have time to go to events like these.
Gig: Good luck in your retirement.
Paula Francis: Thank you
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Gig and others at the United States Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party between Tim Kain (D) and Mike Pence (R), William U. Pearson Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032, October 4, 2016
Penn Jillette and Gig Schmidt, CES 2016, Sands Expo, January 6, 2016
Penn Jillette http://pennandteller.com/ (Penn Fraser Jillette) (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.
Gig is not sure how he knew that Penn was a musician playing jazz onstage before his Penn and Teller show started, but Penn confirmed it for Gig.  Maybe Gig heard it from someone, or it was a local rumor, or Gig probably just figured it out from seeing his show. Gig saw the show in 2002 or 2003 and again November 14, 2007.
Excerpt from the conversation between Gig and Penn

Gig:  Penn, I have seen your show a few times (actually twice), before the show there are some musicians on stage playing jazz. Is that you?

Penn:  That’s me.

Gig:  So that is you in disguise?

Penn:  I’m (just) wearing a hat. (Penn implied that he was not in disguise)

However, Penn may have been in disguise when Gig saw the show in 2002 or 2003 and 2007.  He remembered seeing Penn with his hair down, which he never shows, and was also in sunglasses.

Gig also did not think Penn knew who Gig was, but Penn said it would be his honor to take a picture with Gig.
Chuck Todd and Gig Schmidt, Rand Paul Rally, April 11, 2015Chuck Todd and Gig Schmidt, Rand Paul Rally, April 11, 2015
Chuck Todd, host of the television show Meet The Press, a weekly American television news/interview program that is broadcast on NBC. It is the longest running program in American television history which debuted November 6, 1947. Photos taken after Chuck interviewed Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) which was after a Rand Paul for President campaign speech. The interview aired the next day on Meet The Press, April 12, 2015.
Sun City Desert Vista Community Center, Summerlin, Nevada, April 11, 2015
Gig Schmidt and Jon Ralston, Rand Paul Rally, April 11, 2015
Jon Ralston, Veteran Nevada political analyst, reporter and commentator and host of many Nevada television shows.
Sun City Desert Vista Community Center, Summerlin, Nevada, April 11, 2015


Radio DJ Dennis Huff 92.3 and Gig Schmidt Oct 18, 2014

Dennis Huff, Radio DJ 92.3 FM KOMP Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18, 2014

When Gig met Dennis he did not tell him that he too had been on the radio, but did talk about his brother. Gig always talks about his brother when speaking with people in the radio industry.


Brian Tong CNET Senior Editor and Host CBS Interactive and Gig Schmidt, January 8, 2013

Brian Tong, senior editor at CNET and host on CBS Interactive
Gig Schmidt and Arriana Huffington, January, 8, 2013

Arianna Huffington, an author and syndicated columnist, President and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post, in 2009 named as number 12 in Forbes’ first ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media, in 2003 ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the California recall election that Arnold Schwarzenegger http://www.schwarzenegger.com/ won.

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 https://www.cesweb.org/, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8, 2013


Gig Schmidt and Chuck Zito, CES 2012, LV Convention Center, Jan 12, 2012

Charles “Chuck” Zito, Jr., an actor, voice actor, radio personality, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard for people like Dennis Rodman http://www.dennisrodman.com/ and Charlie Sheen, stuntman, former boxing trainer and former president of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels http://affa.hells-angels.com/.

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 https://www.cesweb.org/, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 12, 2012


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, from the TV show Jersey Shore, also a Best Selling Author with A Shore Thing and a second book Confessions of a Guidette out now.  Nicole also has a line of products,

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 https://www.cesweb.org/, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 10, 2012


Gig Schmidt and DJ MJ 107.9 FM, Boost Mobile, May 27, 2011

M.J., Radio DJ, far left, UFC 130 event sponsored by 107.9 FM KVGS Las Vegas Radio and Boost Mobile, picture taken by the radio station and acquired from the radio station’s website.

Wireless ToyzBoost Mobile, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 27, 2011


Gig Schmidt and John Katsilometes aka Johnny Kats, Vegas Journalist, Writer, Editor, etc, Downtown, Sept 29, 2010

John Katsilometes a.k.a. Johnny Kats, Las Vegas journalist, writer, editor, radio host, appears regularly on Fox 5 TV’s More show, etc. 2013 Nevada Press Association journalist of the year, 3-time Best of the West award-winner

Downtown Las Vegas, 7th & Fremont street, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 29, 2010


Gig SchmidtPaul Murad, Chinese Creative Cultural Exchange, Brett Wesley Gallery, Aug 14, 2010 (1)

Paul Murad, Former 2010 Nevada Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate (Lost in Primaries), Millionaire Bachelor on the first season of the reality TV show The Millionaire Matchmaker (2008).

Chinese Creative Cultural Exchange, Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 14, 2010


Gig Schmidt and Keith Keiser Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, MGM, July 1, 2010

Keith Keiser, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC),

UFC 116 Lesnar vs Carwin press conference, MGM, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 1, 2010


Gig Schmidt and Maria Kanellis, Mandalay Bay, May 28, 2010

Maria Kanellis, former WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) http://www.wwe.com/ Diva, TV show The Celebrity Apprentice http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364782/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 2010 cast member, actress, model – which includes April 2008 Playboy Magazine cover, currently pursuing a career as a singer songwriter and fashion designer.

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2010


Maria Kanellis and Gig Schmidt, Mandalay Bay, May 28, 2010

Maria Kanellis, again after they both changed clothes.

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 28, 2010


Gig Schmidt and Charis Boyle Playboy Miss February 2003 and one of the owners of Silver Star, Fashion Show Mall, May 27, 2010

Charis Boyle, one of the owners of Silver Star Accessories & Clothing, and Playboy’s Miss February 2003.

The Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 27, 2010


Gig Schmidt with Fox 5 More TV Show Anchor Arran Andersen at Ne-Yo's Boys and Girls Club of America Billboard Unveiling May 20, 2010

Arran Andersen, Fox 5 Las Vegas TV anchor, More show, Ne-Yo’s http://www.neyothegentleman.com/ Boys & Girls Clubs billboard unveiling.

Las Vegas Sign, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 20, 2010


Radio DJ John Moug 98.5FM KLUC Las Vegas and Gig Schmidt, AT&T After Meeting Ray Leonard April 30, 2010

John Moug, Radio DJ, 98.5 FM KLUC Las Vegas.

AT&T Store, North Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30, 2010


Gig Schmidt and Fox 5 TV Anchors Monica Jackson and Jason Feinberg Feb 19, 2010

Monica Jackson & Jason Feinberg, Fox 5 Las Vegas TV anchors, On August 20, 2011 Monica was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame for at least 20 years in the industry with at least 5 of them in Nevada and Jason is an Emmy award winning journalist with more than 18 years experience in television news with a stint on E! News in Los Angeles,

Fox 5 Studios, Henderson, Nevada, February 19, 2010


Jenna Jameson and Gig Schmidt, Punishment, Hooters, Feb 5, 2010 O

Jenna Jameson (Jenna Marie Massoli), an entrepreneur and pornographic actress who has been called the world’s most famous adult entertainment performer and “The Queen of Porn” winning more than 20 adult video awards and is a Hall of Fame member of the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN).

When Gig met Jenna she said to Gig that he looked familiar. Gig did not know if she thought they filmed in an adult movie together or were past friends. But Gig preferred that she not have said it in front of Tito Ortiz who was her boyfriend at the time, father of their children, and former Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight champion. Gig did know Jenna’s publicist and close friend, but Jenna was not aware of this information at the time of their meeting.

There are additional details about Gig’s meeting with Jenna that he says he may disclose if he ever writes a book about his life and experiences.

Punishment Clothing Store, Hooters Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 5, 2010


Gig Schmidt and Al Snow 6 1 235 45 Former WWE Wrestler, UFC Expo, Mandalay Bay July 10 2009

Al Snow, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) http://www.wwe.com/ wrestler, 6’1″ 235lbs 45yo.

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10, 2009


 Gig Schmidt and Radio DJ Pomai Mix 94.1 FM Las Vegas, Aug 10, 2008 got tix to Stomp

Pomai, Radio DJ, Mix 94.1 FM

Las Vegas, Nevada, August 10, 2008


Gig Schmidt and Radio DJ JB 98.5 July 4 2008 FM picking up tix to Spamalot

JB, Radio DJ, 98.5 FM KLUC

Las Vegas, Nevada, July 4 2008


Gig Schmidt and Radio DJ Spence 98.5 FM KLUC Las Vegas May 24, 2008 got tix to closed circuit ufc event for that night

Spence, Radio DJ, 98.5 FM KLUC

Las Vegas, Nevada, May 24, 2008

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