Christopher Gabriel... The Christopher Gabriel Program can be heard weekdays on WDAY Radio 6 – 9 am CT. The program has been nominated for Best Radio Show in the Red River Valley in 2012, 2013 and 2014. News, sports, politics, film, music, books, food and the quirky side of life… if you’re talking about it, and even if you’re not, he’s talking about it. Christopher brings an endless network of people-in-the-know on the program from Fargo to around the world. There's also his "Listener Correspondents" who will report live from Grant Park in Chicago for Lollapalooza, break down the art of cutting hair from a barber shop in Jamestown (ND) or critique a new ride at Disneyland. Christopher’s brand of talk radio offers depth, humor and all sides of an issue with a thoughtful perspective. Christopher is a proud native of Chicago, has an amazing wife, two incredible daughters and continues to remind folks the key to a Chicago-style hot dog is celery salt.
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Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times. Mr. Baker returned today to discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's interrogations of terrorism suspects about 10 years ago. In particular, we focused on the reaction to the report, whether or not the report should have been released and what happens going forward... for President Obama, Congress and the American people.
Tony Nasello is co-owner of Sarello's Restaurant in Moorhead (MN). Back in February of this year, he was invited to compete on Guy Fieri's "Guy's Grocery Games" on the Food Network. Tony stopped by today to share his experience, from the first phone call he received to the final dish he created on the broadcast.
Laura Parson, a doctoral student at UND, is planning to undertake quite a recreational run in 2015... how does approximately 3030 miles in 68 days sound to you? Laura will attempt to break the female record for a cross-country run. More importantly, however, is her goal to raise awareness on sexual violence and prevention. Laura joined me on the program to break down all of it for us.
My first week on the air at WDAY back in June 2009, Fargo Park District Executive Director Roger Gress joined me in studio. It was shortly after battling the awful flood only weeks earlier, I invited him on to discuss the A to Z on how the city was saved, the immediate aftermath and ultimately moving forward. At the center of the entire interview was Mayor Dennis Walaker. Now more than five years later we learned early last evening, December 2nd, Mayor Walaker had died.
Kirsten Baesler, the North Dakota State Superintendent of Schools, recently announced bipartisan legislation (with ND First Lady Betsy Dalrymple) that would require ND high school students to pass a civics test as a requirement for graduation. Ms. Baesler joined the program today to discuss the bill and the nationwide civics initiative.
With the seven to eight feet of snow Buffalo, New York received, we connected with WBEN Newsradio 930 am's Brian Mazurowski to fill us in on what they dealt with, the aftermath and moving forward.
Phil Mackey, talk show host for 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities, returned to the program to discuss the suspension without pay for Adrian Peterson, arbitrator Shyam Das ruling in favor of the NFL keeping Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list and looking at both the short and longterm future for Peterson.
Fargo Public Schools planning to make a significant change to middle school schedules beginning next fall flipping band, choir, orchestra and academic intervention from mornings to after the school day is completed in the afternoon. This has led to a good deal of debate. Today, both proponents and opponents weighed in including Fargo School Board member Linda Boyd voicing her support for the plan.
City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn stopped by the program to discuss the entirety of performance reviews for city employees. In particular, the gap between the reviews former Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes received versus what many of his officers said about his style of leadership and discipline. Additionally, what City Hall did or did not know for the past eight years and how the evaluation process is improved moving forward.
USA Today award-winning sportswriter Christine Brennan returned to the program today discussing the ouster of PGA of America president Ted Bishop, double-standards in how domestic violence discipline is applied to male and female athletes and the impending chaos when the first four-team College Football Playoff bracket is announced on December 7, 2014.