Mitch Albom on The Timekeeper, Characters and Narratives (audio)

Mitch Albom is one of those rare people in the 21st Century who you truly can say is a renaissance man. Sportswriter, author, screenwriter, songwriter, radio talk show host, pianist… the man does it all. But more than what he does as a professional, it’s the endless array of things he does to help people […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

LISTEN: Going Coast to Coast with the Talented and Versatile Bob Costas

LISTEN: Going Coast to Coast with the Talented and Versatile Bob Costas

One of my favorite broadcasters, sports or otherwise, is Bob Costas. Few people are as skilled and versatile as Costas. Either as a play-by-play announcer or studio host he’s covered football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, boxing, thoroughbred racing and, of course, his remarkable work through the years as NBC’s primetime host for Summer and Winter […]

The Next Job Road Trip

The Next Job Road Trip

Welcome to today… Hi, I’m Christopher Gabriel, a talk show host seeking a new radio station to call home. I’m not reinventing talk radio but I’m not remotely cookie-cutter. My work is about discourse, not discord. It’s about traversing news, politics, sports, pop culture, entertainment and those quirky things all of us can relate to […]

LISTEN: Terrorism Expert Dr. Anthony Lemieux, Film Critic Nick Schager on 830 WCCO

LISTEN: Terrorism Expert Dr. Anthony Lemieux, Film Critic Nick Schager on 830 WCCO

Whenever I have the opportunity to speak with noted terrorism expert and researcher Dr. Anthony Lemieux (Director of Global Studies Institute at Georgia State University) and film critic Nick Schager (Variety, The Daily Beast, Yahoo Movies), I jump at it. Both are at the top of their respective fields and it’s always a great treat […]

Around the Rim Pre-Draft Roundtable for NBA's HOOP magazine

Around the Rim Pre-Draft Roundtable for NBA’s HOOP magazine

I’ve been a long-time reader of the NBA’s HOOP magazine, going back to my high school days in Philadelphia when the Sixers won games as often as Halley’s Comet made an appearance. Just about everywhere I’ve lived, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Fresno and Fargo, North Dakota, my love of the NBA […]

A Story About My Dad

A Story About My Dad

We had moved from Chicago to Peoria. I was a basketball player and being this was Illinois, the game was huge at all levels; from elementary school up to the Chicago Bulls, who came into being in 1966, everyone played basketball. Our elementary school basketball team was good. Exceptionally good. We were the odds-on favorite […]

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