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 list of people who have worked here is lengthy and impressive.
On June 8, The Christopher Gabriel Program began. My hope from Day One was to do a program that was entertaining; a place where we could laugh a lot, making fun of ourselves and the quirky side of life. At the same time, we’d discuss major stories including the news of the day, sports, and pop culture. More than anything though, this would not be a radio program that fed off anger. There was enough of that out there already. I left theatre to continue being a storyteller, as it were, where people could offer civil discourse on both sides of an issue, not matter what it was, coming at it hard but respectfully.
My sincere thanks to WDAY for believing in a program like mine. And in particular, for individuals like Mitch Albom, Andrew Zimmern, Pat Kessler and Marty Lenz – incredibly talented artists, some giants in their respective fields, for supporting me every step of the way.
It’s not a coincidence that on CGP 1000, all of them were guests.
Heavy is the Head
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About the Author: Christopher Gabriel is the host of The Christopher Gabriel Program. His program serves up a unique blend of the news of the day, sports, pop culture and humor with distinguished guests and contributors from across the nation and around the world. When he was in Fargo, North Dakota from June, 2009 to January, 2015, the program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by readers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As a writer, Christopher's work has been been published online by the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, Sun-Times Network publications, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee.