The Christopher Gabriel Program
Christopher’s program is many things, but it most definitely is not cookie-cutter.
The Christopher Gabriel Program began on 970 WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota 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 Talk Radio Cities, spending one year at PowerTalk 96.7 and AM 1400 in Fresno.
The program excludes no one. No sooner will Christopher be speaking to nationally known figures like Bob Woodward, Andrew Young, Mark Geragos, Charles Krauthammer, Mitch Albom, John Dickerson, Bob Costas, Jeffrey Sachs 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 has broadcast Olympic coverage live from Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014. The program has also traveled around the country covering NCAA tournaments and championship games in football and hockey.
Christopher’s extensive list of guests include Pulitzer Prize winning journalists/authors Peter Arnett and Sheryl WuDunn; New York Times best-selling authors Kurt Andersen, Colonel Oliver North, Todd Burbo, Christina Baker Kline, Mignon Fogarty and Gretchen Rubin; New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker; JFK Secret Service agent Clint Hill; Aaron David Miller, Vice President at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars; Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Dr. Peniel Joseph; Tom Johnston and Otis Williams, founding members of The Doobie Brothers and The Temptations, respectively; Rep. Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; U.S. Senators Al Franken, Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven; Alton Brown, host on The Food Network; Mike Brown, astronomer and “Pluto killer”; ESPN College GameDay hosts Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard and scores of correspondents and writers from The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Sports Illustrated, POLITICO, the Council on Foreign Relations and many more.
Wonderful musical artists, from local to internationally known, have performed in the CGP studio over the years including Grammy winners Turtle Island Quartet and Willie Waldman, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, Wycliffe Gordon, Andra Suchy, Sony Holland and Charlie Parr.
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, McClatchy DC syndicated national political correspondent David Lightman, Yahoo! Movies, The Daily Beast, Variety and Esquire film critic Nick Schager, Chicago-based syndicated media/technology writer Brad Spirrison, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance senior associate editor Sandra Block and Hollywood multimedia journalist Jeanne Wolf.
As a multimedia artist who wears the hats of radio talk show host, voice over talent, writer and classically trained actor, Christopher’s wit, intellect, energy and storytelling ability entertain and engage listeners daily.
After acting on the professional stage for many years in the U.S. and U.K. working alongside wonderful 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 as an intern 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 been been published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Sun-Times Network publications, Reuters, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 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 on the news of the day, politics, sports, pop culture, movies, music or the quirky side of life, engaging nationally and internationally known public figures, or performing his satire The Farmland Almanac with Harrison Beillor (inspired by Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac), Christopher tackles the most complex issues to stories slightly off the radar while delivering depth and humor with a thoughtful perspective.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) award-winning writer Gail Rosenblum wrote this feature on Christopher: Classically trained actor steps into new role: Radio Host