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 but doing it in a way that engages and entertains, not enrages and inflames. I have a track record of immersing myself in the community I’m in, aggressively working with non-profits to help better the lives of others in any way possible.

That’s 12 years, and counting, in one paragraph.

Seeking a new radio station, much like looking for the next job in whatever field you’re in, can be a thrilling experience. It can also be a humbling journey of missed off-ramps. There are a myriad of ways to approach what amounts to a road trip with an uncertain destination.

When you find yourself unemployed as a radio talk show host, you want to indicate to program directors, operations managers and anyone associated with a station’s programming (and hiring) that you’re available. But doing so requires understanding how to walk a very thin line between confidence and desperation; making yourself stand out in the best possible light without any filters that give a false view of who, exactly, you are.

It is forever a test of passion, determination and patience. You’re hoping when you land, it’s the last job you’ll ever need because you’ll enjoy a long, wonderful, fulfilling relationship with the station and the community.

While you’re on this get-to-the-next-station toll road, you discover what it’s like to be in the “other” group. The one that fears a major health issue, a massive car repair or some unforeseen catastrophe will wipe you out. WARNING: Don’t cue the violins, because that’s a shared experience for too many both employed and unemployed. You don’t have to be an unemployed radio host to understand this daily jolt of reality. We’re not unique and I’m not suggesting anything of the kind.

Being out of work in radio is no different than in any other field.

Shakespeare was fascinated by the concept of time. In fact he was obsessed by it. Time – the function of it, the passage of it, the use of it – is a theme recurring endlessly in his plays and sonnets. When you’re unemployed, it is a remarkable thing to be consciously aware of time. Days go into nights, nights roll back into days and before you realize it you’re intimately aware of the function, passage and use of time. Sometimes that’s a good thing, other times not so much.

Let this not appear, however, as a piece about depression and hopelessness; quite the contrary.

While seeking a new radio home has been at times frustrating and humbling, it also has been a period of revitalization and discovery.

It’s allowed me to reconnect and recharge; to remember in the most tangible ways what drives me in this wonderful business of talk radio. It has been an affirmation, validating why I left a career on the professional stage.

No 3000-mile cross-country drive happens without running into awful weather at one point or another. Depending upon how many days you allocate to make the journey, the longer the trip the greater the possibility of experiencing stops and detours.

Whether you’re on an extended road trip or hunting for a new job, the trek for either is rarely a smooth one. But once you arrive, and you will arrive, the experience takes on value you simply cannot label with a price.

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About the Author: Christopher serves up sports on 940 ESPN in Fresno with a good deal of pop culture, films, music and the quirky side of life mixed in. Distinguished guests and contributors from across the nation and around the world regularly join the program. He tackles the most complex stories to ones slightly off the radar delivering depth and humor with a thoughtful perspective. When he was in Fargo, the city not the movie, the program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the region in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by readers of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. As a writer, Christopher's work 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.

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  1. Lance says:

    I cannot wait until you get back on the air live, in a new home, fully immersing yourself in whichever incredibly fortunate city should hire you.
    You have a loyal and energetic group of fans and friends who will listen to the new CGP anytime anywhere!!! All the best to you and your family my friend!!!


    Christopher Gabriel Reply:

    Thank you for the very kind words, Lance. Wherever is next, it will be full immersion!


  2. Andrew says:

    Damn guess leaving to Cali backfired


    Christopher Gabriel Reply:

    Sometimes it seems that way at first but then, “stuff” happens and it all works out great.


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