Christopher Gabriel

As a sports talk host who also wears the hats of freelance writer, voice over talent and classically trained actor, Christopher’s wit, intellect, energy and storytelling entertain and engage listeners daily.

In 2005, after acting on the professional stage in the U.S. and U.K. for more than 20 years working alongside artists like James Earl Jones, Julie Harris and John Barton from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Christopher sought out talk radio as a new creative outlet. He got his start on The Pat Kessler Show in Minneapolis screening calls, providing coffee and making Bananas Foster for Pat as incentives to get on the air. It worked. Eventually.

Christopher’s work as a writer has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Network publications, USA Volleyball, Team USA (the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee) and he was a weekly columnist for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He’s moderated a town hall meeting with United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp, been heard in over 1000 voice overs and has emceed more than 100 events working with wonderful organizations like Ronald McDonald House Charities, Make-A-Wish, the American Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. Christopher is proudest of his work with the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo, North Dakota. They awarded him their Helping to Heal the Hurt of Personal Violence Award in January of 2015.

Whether offering insights and commentary on sports, pop culture, movies, music or the quirky side of life, engaging well-known public figures or batting topics around with listeners, Christopher tackles complex issues to stories slightly off the radar while delivering depth and humor with a thoughtful perspective.

The Christopher Gabriel Program

Christopher’s program is many things, but it most definitely is not cookie-cutter.

The Christopher Gabriel Program began in Fargo, North Dakota on 970 WDAY in 2009. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the CGP was nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. In 2013 the High Plains Reader named Christopher Best Local Celebrity and he was nominated for the award again in 2014.

Christopher then moved the program to the Central Valley of California in 2015, continuing his quest to host in Extreme Weather Cities, settling in at PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400 in Fresno.

Then in August of 2017, Christopher jumped at the opportunity to take over afternoon drive (weekdays 3-6 pm, Fridays 7-9 am) on the 50,000-watt sports leader in Fresno, 940 ESPN Radio.

Over the years his program has shown it won’t exclude anyone. No sooner will Christopher be speaking to nationally known figures like Bob Woodward, Mitch Albom, Bob Costas, Peter Baker, John Dickerson, Robert Costa, Andrew Young, Mark Geragos, Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Chris Dufresne or Andrew Zimmern, he’ll have “Listener Correspondents” report from Grant Park in Chicago for Lollapalooza, offer a review of a new ride from Disneyland, or break down the art of cutting hair from a barber shop in Jamestown, North Dakota. The CGP’s extensive sports coverage through the years has included daily live reports from the Olympics in Vancouver (2010), London (2012) and Sochi (2014). The program has also traveled around the country broadcasting from NCAA tournaments and championship games in football, hockey and basketball in addition to covering the Fresno State Bulldogs, North Dakota State Bison, North Dakota Fighting Hawks, Minnesota Golden Gophers and the pro franchises in the Bay Area and the Twin Cities.

Christopher’s extensive list of guests include Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winners, professional and college coaches and athletes, Olympic medalists, New York Times bestselling authors, U.N Ambassadors and journalists/broadcasters from The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe, Arizona Republic, Fresno BeeSports Illustrated, ESPN, USA Today and POLITICO.

Christopher is grateful to have a group of frequent contributors who are at the top of their respective fields lend their insights and analysis when their schedules allow. They include USA Today sportswriter Christine Brennan, attorney Mark Geragos, VarietyYahoo! Movies, The Daily Beast and Esquire film critic Nick Schager, KOA Newsradio anchor Marty Lenz, CBS Sports HQ anchor Tommy Tran and Chicago-based syndicated media/technology writer Brad Spirrison.

Barrett Sports Media recently published a feature on Christopher: A Conversation with Christopher Gabriel by Tyler McComas