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Christopher Gabriel

Christopher Gabriel, joined WDAY Radio in June 2009 and can be heard weekdays 11 am – 2pm Central time.

In 2012 and 2013, Christopher’s program was nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. In 2012 the High Plains Reader named him Best Local Celebrity and he was nominated for the award in 2013.

His program excludes no one. No sooner will he be speaking to nationally known figures like Bob Woodward, Charles Krauthammer, Mitch Albom, Bob Costas, Jeffrey Sachs or Andrew Zimmern, he’ll have listeners report live from Grant Park in Chicago for Lollapalooza 2012 and 2013, offer a review of a new ride live from Disneyland, or break down the art of cutting hair live from a barber shop in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Sports are always a major part of the program and the CGP has led the Upper Midwest with its extensive Olympic coverage live from Vancouver in 2010, London in 2012 and Sochi in 2014.

As a multimedia artist who wears the hats of radio talk show host, voiceover talent, writer, humorist and classically trained actor, his wit, energy and storytelling ability entertain Fargoans daily. He does the same for the good folks across the Red River in Moorhead, Minnesota. However, he’s yet to settle on Moorheadlians, Moorheaders or Moorheadagonians for an all-encompassing name.

After acting on the professional stage for many years in both the U.S. and U.K, Gabriel sought out talk radio as a new creative outlet. He got his start as perhaps the oldest intern in the history of the broadcast industry. Working on The Pat Kessler Show in Minneapolis, he answered phones, screened calls and provided coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice and his classic Bananas Foster as incentives to get on the air. It wasn’t until Pat was reciting lines from the famous Crispin Crispian speech from Henry V, jumping in to finish the soliloquy, that he truly knew he’d found his new home.

Whether offering insights on the news of the day, engaging nationally and internationally known public figures, or performing his audio satire The Farmland Almanac with Harrison Beillor (inspired by Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac), Gabriel’s brand of talk radio offers depth and humor while remaining anger-free.

A native of Chicago, Christopher is delighted to call Fargo, North Dakota home with the three loves of his life: His beautiful wife and two amazing daughters.

The Christopher Gabriel Program serves up a unique blend of the news of the day, pop culture, sports and humor with diverse guests and distinguished contributors from across the nation.

Recent and past guests include Pulitzer Prize winning authors/journalists Charles Krauthammer and Sheryl WuDunn; New York Times best-selling authors Jeffrey Sachs, Mitch Albom, Bob Woodward, Colonel Oliver North, Mignon Fogarty, Kurt Andersen, Gretchen Rubin and Todd Burbo; U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Mayor of Atlanta and longtime colleague and friend to Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrew Young; JFK Secret Service agent Clint Hill; Oscar nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington; broadcaster Bob Costas; Chicago Tribune columnist Stacy St. Clair; former lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Raphael Ahren, diplomatic correspondent for The Times of Israel; TIME 100 recipients, scientist Dr. Jill Tarter (2004) and astronomer Dr. Mike Brown (2006); former Time Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief David Aikman; Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist Jim Klobuchar; Otis Williams, original member of The Temptations; ESPN hosts Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard; ESPN sports business reporter Kristi Dosh; journalist Roxana Saberi; counter-terrorism expert Dr. Jarret Brachman; Emmy Award winning comedienne Paula Poundstone; comedian Jeffrey Ross; actors John C. Reilly, James Denton and Matt Walsh; host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern; Grammy winners Kostas and Henry Rollins; Dr. Audrey Klein, Director of the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden and Scott Hesseltine, Director of Clinical Support and Operations at Hazelden; Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Kestenholtz; Dr. Julie Anderson, primatologist on the National Geographic Channel; Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN); Senators Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Al Franken (MN), Byron Dorgan (ND) and George McGovern (SD); Carl Babb, Nuclear Energy Institute; Temple University psychologist Dr. Frank Farley; ABC News Radio’s Aaron Katersky, Alex Stone and Vic Ratner; Carolyn Knorr, parenting editor for Common Sense Media; Qasim Rashid, national spokesperson for Muslims for Peace; the founder of BoingBoing Mark Frauenfelder; Invisible Children filmmaker and co-founder Jason Russell; President of the National Center for Public Policy Research Amy Ridenour; U.S. luge Olympic medalists Gordy Sheer (1998, silver) and Erin Hamlin (2014, bronze); U.S. curling Olympic medalist Pete Fenson (2006, bronze); University of Oregon track All-American, Pac-12 and NCAA champion Laura Roesler; Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter; Tyler Barnes, vice-president of communications for the Milwaukee Brewers; Indiana University basketball captain (1967) Erv Inniger; North Dakota State University athletics director Gene Taylor; University of North Dakota president Robert Kelley, athletics director Brian Faison, men’s hockey head coach Dave Hakstol; Dr. Dan Ross, commissioner of the Ohio School Athletic Association; University of Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton; Sam Houston State head football coach Willie Fritz and athletics director Bobby Williams; Concordia College president Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur; Moorhead State University Minnesota president Edna Szymanski and athletics director Doug Peters; North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm and many more.

Wonderful musical artists, from local to internationally known, have performed weekly in the CGP studio over the past five years including Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee Nestor Torres, Wycliffe Gordon, Andra Suchy, Sony Holland, Charlie Parr, Rosie Sauvageau, the Jackie Myers Band, Longreef, Haley E & the Rydells, the Johnson Family Band, Michael Pink, Little Winter and Darrin Wentz.

The program’s regular contributors and frequent guests include USA Today sportswriter Christine Brennan, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Senior Associate Editor Sandra Block, nationally syndicated media writer and Chicago Tribune columnist Brad Spirrison, entertainment journalist Jeanne Wolf, author and Food Network host Amy Thielen, and syndicated green living writer and columnist Wendy Gabriel.