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JD Sharp

JD is a sharp-tongued Republican from the Midwest who prefers DeSantis to Trump. He Was known as “the voice of reason” on ‘The Vegas Take’ radio show. JD is a debate specialist and proven sports bettor with a deep voice and a deeper love for America. JD is unapologetically conservative and makes that clear in his writing. He can be followed on Twitter @imjdsharp.

Chuks Paul Udor

I am a crypto and casino content writer looking to help anyone interested in cryptocurrencies, blockchain, DeFi, and casino technology demystify each and every technical jargon.

Alexandra Marshall

Alexandra Marshall (@ellymelly on Twitter) is an Australian political opinion commentator for The Spectator Australia, Rebel News Australia, The Good Sauce, Penthouse Australia, Caldron Pool, and is a Sky News Australia contributor. She is also an AI database designer for the retail industry and a Young Ambassador with the ACM.

Crypt0Writ3r

Crypt0Writ3r is a technical writer whose main background is in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an executive providing business development and department infrastructure for medical writing departments. He has been part of the cryptocurrency scene for the past couple of years and is enamored by its decentralized nature and the ability to build a parallel economy through various entrepreneurial endeavors. His clientele and colleagues allow him to keep his finger on the pulse of the ever-changing cryptocurrency market.

Doug Basham

Doug Basham spent most of his life as an entertainer. After earning his degree in classical piano, Doug began his show business career as a singer/musician. Before too long, he made the switch from musician to magician and toured extensively as a magic-comedian. In that capacity, he was the opening act for some of the dates in Ricky Nelson’s ‘Garden Party Comeback Tour,’ and later opened for zany comedian and actor Jim Carrey. In the late 1990s, Basham was voted ‘Variety Entertainer of the Year’ in the ‘Excellence in the Arts Awards.’ A lifelong movie buff, Basham’s first radio show was a movie review show on AM 720 KDWN – which led to him becoming a political talk show host. For the past 20+ years, Doug Basham has been the only liberal, a progressive talk radio host in Las Vegas.

Erika Dagri

Erika Dagri is a Las Vegas native and freelance writer with nearly four years of experience in the industry. An enthusiast for all things music, theater, and travel, she specializes in reporting on the arts & entertainment scene. Erika also has a background in corporate copywriting and thus generates related news, business, and political-based content. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s degree in English and professional writing with honors.

John Bruchhagen

John Bruchhagen is a teacher, businessman, and media personality in Las Vegas, Nevada. He owns Infinity – The Math Institute and is the host of The Johnny Bru Show. Moving to Las Vegas in 2005 from Long Island, John ventured into the world of business and media, gaining valuable experience as owner and manager of a variety of business endeavors. He has also worked in media since 2001 with News12 Long Island, The Poker Talk Radio Network, contributing to Fox5 Vegas, the ABC, CBS, and NBC local affiliates, and as the Educational Correspondent for The Vegas Take.

Matt Smith

Matt is currently an Active Duty Air Force Officer who is serving as the Sustainment and Services Flight Commander for the 55th Force Support Squadron, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He oversees 4 sections that include the DoD’s largest Fitness Center, Offutt’s 147- room Lodging operation, Food Operations, and Postal Services. His role supports more than 50 associate units, including U.S. Strategic Command, the 557th Weather Wing, and more than 57,000 active-duty members, civilians, family members, and retirees.

Matt completed his undergraduate education at Loyola University- Chicago in 2011 and completed his graduate-level work in 2021. In 2012, he joined the Army National Guard and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. In 2014, he earned his commission through Officer Candidate School. Soon after, Matt completed Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Jackson, S.C. and was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Graduate Award where he was the Top Graduate in his class voted by his peers. In 2018, Matt transferred to the Air Force. Since then he has served in a variety of positions, including roles at the Squadron and Wing levels. He served as the Section Commander for the 55th Security Forces Squadron where he was responsible for providing operational support to the second-largest Security Forces Squadron in the Air Combat Command. Additionally, Matt is a trained Mortuary Officer and served as the Primary Mortuary Officer at Offutt AFB. Prior to his current assignment, he was a Project Manager and the Director of Sales for an industry-leading construction firm in Colorado Springs, Colo. In July of 2022, Matt will become a full-time staff member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he will be an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies.

Furthermore, Matt has deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He also supported Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL/Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, where he served as the Wing Section Commander and Chief of Protocol for the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid, Qatar. Matt is married to his wife Jessica and they have 4 girls together. Three of them are triplets and were born on the 4th of July.

Max Vegas

It is hard to describe a person using a city, but if there is one man you could use that analogy with, it would be Max Vegas.

At age 19 Max began his career in the Las Vegas Nightlife industry working for Body English nightclub inside the Hard Rock Hotel. As an underage promoter, Max worked outside the actual club (due to obvious age restrictions).

At age 21 he was offered a job by the Nine Group (N9ne) which owned and operated all four clubs (Moon, Rain, Playboy club & Ghostbar) inside the Palms Hotel and Casino.

Anyone who knows Vegas will tell you from 2008-2013 that The Palms was the place to be In Vegas, and the entire time Max was the Promotion Lead. In fact, it’s how he earned the name “Max Vegas”.

After leaving the Nine Group as the Promotion Lead he was offered a job as a nightlife marketing director by www.LasVegasGuestList.com & www.Freevegasclubpasses.com, both of which were owned and operated by Chris Hornak, a Las Vegas Nightlife Legend.

While working for Hornak Max learned much more than just how to bring people into a Nightclub. He learned the ins and outs of the nightclub scene in Las Vegas. Every venue, every GM, every other promoter, and grew a plethora of Las Vegas Nightlife contacts.

Today Max is the Chief Operating Officer and lead Host of VegasClubList.com

Shubh Patni

Student at Northeastern studying CS + ECON. Head of PR at NEU Blockchain. Self-taught Python & JS programmer, and Blogger. Written 70+ tech pieces. 5x top writer on Medium.com.

Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan is the founder of Talking Puck TV, the first online streaming NHL talk show and the companion Talking Puck Podcast. A former ESPN Radio host and NHL play-by-play voice, Callahan has worked in professional sports for over 20 years, covering the NFL, NBA, SEC, and NHL as well as minor league baseball.

Talking Puck TV airs Sundays at 6 pm PT on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Twitter: @CallahanOnAir

Allison Gaines

Allison Gaines is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently works as a writer, editor. In 2018, she married and has two stepdaughters, two puppies, and a supportive family. Currently, Allison is pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology and writes about race, women, and politics. In 2020, Allison founded the civil rights organization Justice Can’t-Wait and became the proud co-founder of Writers and Editors of Color. She’s the Editor in Chief of Cultured Magazine and enjoys building a sense of community with other writers, scholars, and activists. 

Andrew Bradley

AJ, as he is better known, is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business and has used his expertise in operations and management to become a successful entrepreneur. AJ also has 10 years of experience as a sports bettor and analyst and carries a strong knowledge of the sports industry and betting market. He specializes in betting in the NFL and college football, but also closely analyzes college basketball and the NBA.

Joey Gilbert

Joey Gilbert is a lawyer, politician, former Air Force reservist, and prizefighter. He enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve in 2001 and graduated from Air Force basic training in Lackland, Texas. He served a six-year commitment on individual ready reserve, was never deployed, and was honorably discharged in 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, while competing as a professional fighter, Joey was invited to participate in 3 USO tours. He visited our troops serving at Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), and in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom.) As a collegiate boxer, Joey was a 3-time National Champion (NCBA 1997, 1998, and 1999), 4-time Regional Champion, and 4-time All American. After returning from basic training/technical school for the Nevada Air National Guard, he fought and became the Nevada State Golden-Gloves Super-Middleweight Champion in May 2000. He had his first professional fight that summer before entering law school.
In 2004, Joey was cast in NBC’s The Contender, working alongside Sylvester Stallone, Sugar Ray Leonard, and other talented boxers. Joey’s love of prizefighting ultimately led him to become ranked #3 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and #7 in the world by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Joey was formerly both WBO-NABO and WBC-USNBC Middleweight Champion—2006 & 2007. He’s currently running for the Governor of Nevada as a Republican.

Drew Holden

Drew Holden is a public affairs consultant and freelance commentary writer. and media critic His work has appeared in The New York Times, FOX News, The Washington Post, Washington Free Beacon, and beyond. He is a frequent guest on conservative TV and podcast programs.

Drew is a former staffer in the House of Representatives, where he handled a portfolio of legislative topics including healthcare, economics, trade, patents, and other domestic issues. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Drew worked for the internal consulting unit of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund.