Middays With Chris!


Birthday Sign:  Aquarius

Hometown:  Merced

Year started at KBRE:  2008

First Radio Job & Radio Career details:  I graduated from Recording Arts Canada in 2004 with a certification in Sound & Music Recording & Engineering.  I came back to Merced in 2005 and first started in radio with Buckley Broadcasting that year.  That was KHTN (Hot 104.7) and KUBB (Kubb Country 96.3).  In 2008, I transferred to Mapleton Communications (Radio Merced) with 92.5 The Bear, 106.3 The Hippo, 97.5 KABX, 1480 KYOS & 98.7 Radio Lobo.  I started on overnights, then weekends, then mornings, then middays… I’ve been on the air on 105.7 The Bear from 10am – 3pm for over 10 years now.  Stephens Media Group bought our stations in 2021 and has over 70+ stations nationwide.  I am currently the Operations Manager for all 6 stations here at Radio Merced.

Interests/Hobbies:  Going to Concerts & Festivals (over 500+ shows since 1997) Soccer, Snowboarding, PC Gaming, Pinball, Golfing, Frisbee Golf, Listening to records, Walking our dogs by the creek…

First job:  Cleaning rental wheelchairs, hospital beds & medical equipment at Valley Health Care Supply in Merced…

One thing listeners would be surprised to learn about you:  I worked landscaping & built fences with Fenceline construction during the day as I worked overnights & got my start in radio.

Favorite getaway spot:  Pajaro Dunes

Favorite books:  Anything by John Steinbeck

Favorite All-Time Movies:  I still have my original VHS’ of Happy Gilmore, Dumb & Dumber and  Up In Smoke… I love comedies of all eras & styles, cheesy 80’s flicks… but I also love documentaries, horror films, indie films and anything in the Criterion Collection.

Favorite Current Movies:  Hereditary, Barbarian, Turn It Around: Story Of East Bay Punk, Parasite, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Favorite current TV shows:  From, Shrinking, Mandalorian, House Of The Dragon, Survivor.

Favorite all-time TV shows:  It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Boardwalk Empire, Trailer Park Boys, The Wire, Game OF Thrones, Breaking Bad.

First Concert Ever:  311 & Sugar Ray, Greek Theater in Berkeley, Halloween 1997 

Top 5 concerts you’ve seen:

Tom Petty (Arco Arena, 1999)

David Gilmour (Gibson Amphitheatre, 2006)

Iggy & The Stooges (St. James Park, 2013)

King Crimson (Warfield, 2 Nights 2014)

All the Aftershock Festivals (2013 – 2023)

Last show you went to:  Sisters Of Mercy (Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas May 14th, 2023)

Most memorable concert experience:  Seeing Tool in 2014 from the front row at Selland Arena!