ESPN College GameDay in Fargo… and The Headgear Pick (video)

Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, South Bend, Ann Arbor… these are some of the cities that come to mind when you think of the near-iconic Saturday morning college football preview show on ESPN, College GameDay. On September 21, 2013, the “circus” (as host Chris Fowler called it on my radio program) came to Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, […]

Oregon Ducks Track Standout Laura Roesler (audio)

During the recent Downtown Street Fair in Fargo, Oregon Ducks track standout and Fargo South graduate, Laura Roesler stopped by my broadcast location to say hello. I’ve known Laura since her senior year of high school when she first came into my studio for an interview. On this warm but pleasant July day, she looked […]

CGP Listener Correspondent Stephanie Ternes at Lollapalooza 2013 (audio)

One of the things I like to do on my radio program is a thing called Listener Correspondents. While the CGP has a wonderful roster of talented contributors, both weekly and monthly, as well as guests we invite back or a consistent basis – people like economist Jeffrey Sachs, entertainment journalist Jeanne Wolf, sportswriter Christine […]

Counterterrorism Expert Dr. Jarret Brachman (audio)

Recently I was following several stories that centered upon al Qaeda. In each case, I saw references to someone named Dr. Jarret Brachman. I made a few phone calls about this Dr. Brachman, asking some questions about him to acquaintances who are dialed into the areas of Homeland Security and counterterrorism. Turns out, to borrow from former […]

How to Carry On: Lisa Fenn and Dartanyon Crockett (audio)

In 2009 ESPN aired a feature of what seemed would be the story of a couple of young men, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton, attending high school on the wrong side of town in Cleveland. Both were talented wrestlers with unique, and seemingly insurmountable, obstacles in their way. A story of individulas attaining a level of excellence in […]

Clint Hill: Before, During and After November 22, 1963 (audio)

Clint Hill is a native of Larimore, ND, born in 1932.  17 days after his birth he was dropped off at the North Dakota Children’s Home. Growing up in Washburn, ND, he later attended and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.  Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Army and was selected for Army Intelligence School.  After graduating, […]

Mollie: Turtle Lover or Turtle Hunter? (audio)

Mollie: Turtle Lover or Turtle Hunter? (audio)

On the program today I asked listeners if they ever had encountered an odd situation with an animal or “sea creature” when they were visiting the lake (Note: In the Upper Midwest, don’t ask which lake… the question is met with immediate resistance, followed only by “….the lake.”). The question stemmed from an Associated Press story of a […]

CGP Listener Correspondent Lance McDaniel at Vikings training camp (audio)

CGP Listener Correspondent Lance McDaniel at Vikings training camp (audio)

As part of our Listener Correspondent program, where we have listeners file on-air reports for us from sporting/music events, film openings, a new roller coaster at an amusement park, and so on, August wouldn’t be complete without a report from Vikings Training Camp Guy, Lance McDaniel. Lance is a diehard Vikings fan and my best […]

Paul Maupin: WW II Aircraft Historian on the B-29 (audio)

Paul Maupin: WW II Aircraft Historian on the B-29 (audio)

My father was a bombardier on a B-29 in the Korean War. To this day it’s both fascinating and haunting to see pictures of him and his fellow crew members in action. The former, because my dad like so many others was 20 years old. Trying to wrap my arms around that remains mind-boggling to […]

Christopher Lower: Social Media Expert with Heart (audio)

Christopher Lower: Social Media Expert with Heart (audio)

Borrowing from the culinary world, Sterling Cross Communications co-founder Christopher Lower is a fusion of many things. Former big-time football player, social media expert, foodie, husband and father, sports fan, pelican expert and a card-carrying member of the LVAD club (left ventricular assist device). I’ve not been able to confirm pelican expert. Put another way, there are […]

Kate Inglis: Author, Photographer

Kate Inglis: Author, Photographer

Several years ago I came across a great website named The Shutter Sisters. It was (and remains) a site dedicated to photography and photo essays produced solely by women. The roster of photographers was as considerable as their backgrounds were diverse. I started going through the list of contributors and one of them really jumped […]

Poitin on New Music Thursday (audio)

The Christopher Gabriel Program has been doing New Music Thursday since the first week the program aired 0n AM 970 WDAY in Fargo, ND back in June of 2009. All of the artists brought onto the program have been exceptional, displaying their own unique style and brand of music. In fact, they’ve been more than exceptional. From […]

Going Up North, to The Cabin, at The Lake (audio)

Going Up North, to The Cabin, at The Lake (audio)

When I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota more than a decade ago, there were cultural things I needed to learn about the region that would, allegedly, help me to assimilate. Specifically, things like knowing popular food items, participating in outdoor activities, and… learning MV, or Minnesota Vernacular. When I moved to Fargo, North Dakota, it was much the […]

Lost in Living: A Compelling Documentary (audio)

Lost in Living: A Compelling Documentary (audio)

Several months ago I received word from Emily Beck, Executive Director of the Fargo Theatre, that a fascinating documentary would be given a one-night showing here. The film, “Lost in Living,” was the story of four women – all of them mothers, and all of them extraordinarily talented professionals – and how they found balance […]

Chicago and the Blackhawks on the Same Page

Chicago and the Blackhawks on the Same Page

When I was growing up in Chicago, the love-affair between the city and its teams was palpable. The Bears had Butkus and Sayers, the Cubs were Banks, Williams and Santo, and the White Sox offered Aparicio, Wilhelm and Melton. The Bulls, they were just getting started with Chet Walker, Bob Love, Jerry Sloan and Norm Van […]

The 1000th CG Program (audio)

The 1000th CG Program (audio)

On May 14, 2009 I began five days of on-air auditions at heritage radio station 970 WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. On May 20, I was offered the job. WDAY was the first station in North Dakota and one of the first 35 stations in the nation hitting the air on May 22, 1922. The […]