Chris Stigall

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Chris Stigall
Born January 5, 1977 (1977-01-05) (age 40)
Richmond, Missouri, U.S.
Education Northwest Missouri State University
Occupation Talk Show Host, columnist, television correspondent
Website Official website

Chris Stigall is a talk radio personality. He hosts the WPHT Morning Show in the Philadelphia market. Previously, he hosted The KCMO (AM) Morning Show in the Kansas City market from 2006 till 2010.

Stigall also fills in for nationally syndicated hosts Michael Savage, Rusty Humphries, Lou Dobbs, Fred Thompson, Jerry Doyle and Steve Malzberg. He has also been a contributor to Andrew Breitbart's website BigHollywood, Philly Magazine, American Spectator and the Platte County Landmark.

A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, in college, Stigall studied comedy writing and television production as an intern with “Late Show with David Letterman” in New York. Professionally, Stigall has also served as a representative and press assistant to U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) as well as working in Kansas City radio since 1999.

In 2009 Stigall was selected as the master of ceremonies at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.[1]

On November 18, 2010, WPHT in Philadelphia announced that Stigall will be anchoring its morning show focused on "local and national policy, the economy, the biggest news stories and issues that affect all Philadelphians, coupled with interviews of the day’s news and decision makers."[2]

Sharyl Attkisson Revelation[edit]

On May 25, 2013 Stigall conducted an interview with Sharyl Attkisson and inquired about if she suspected her computer of being hacked as a part of the 2013 Department of Justice investigations of reporters. Sharyl responded that her personal and work computers had been compromised and were under investigation.[3] She responded, "I think there could be some relationship between these types of things and what happened to me," adding that "something suspicious had been happening since."[4] Stigall then had a media clash with Erik Wemple from The Washington Post. Prior to the release of Attkisson's book, Wemple had criticized her for "ladling out hints and half-assertions about the violations of her computers, as she was apparently holding back details that could assist the public in determining just who was responsible for them." [5] Her 2014 book, Stonewalled, chronicled her on-air exchange with Stigall and revealed that it was an unexpected encounter for her that became a national news story.

Charitable Work[edit]

Raised in the United Methodist Church, Chris serves his church regularly as a Sunday school teacher, worship liturgist, and performer/master of ceremonies for church holidays and special events. In 2013, Chris emceed a sold out event featuring columnist, commentator, and author Mitch Albom. Proceeds for the evening were donated to a community outreach effort in Downingtown, Pennsylvania dubbed “The Well.”[6] Both on air and off, Chris has volunteered time and energy to numerous charitable endeavors close to his heart. He has been especially active in charities that endeavor to assist women and children struggling to transition out of poverty, joblessness, or illness. Two favorites include Hilltop Transitional Housing in Kansas City, Missouri and Bridge of Hope in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Through his work at CBS Radio in Philadelphia, Chris has partnered to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia and Delaware.[7] Serving as a committee member of their annual golf tournament, Chris helped raise record setting money for RMH-Delaware.[8] Through long-term partnership with the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Piazza Auto Group, Chris and his audience have found homes for over 100 shelter animals through his weekly on-air commitment known as “The Piazza Pet of the Week.”[9]

Philadelphia’s USO chapter known as Liberty USO has partnered with Chris and the Philadelphia Phillies to surprise deserving military service members annually with a trip to Phillies Fantasy Camp in Clearwater, Florida.[10] Chris also serves as a member of Neumann University’s Advisory Board for Communication Media Arts.[11]

Controversy[edit]

In 2009 while filling in for Lou Dobbs on his nationally syndicated radio show, Stigall received national attention for his comments about President Barack Obama's address to school children. The New York Times quoted Stigall and helped create more controversy for the talk show host.[12]

In March 2011, Stigall became heavily involved in the Delaware County priest trial. Stigall thought The Philadelphia Inquirer was heavily biased in its coverage and one priest and his lawyer declared their innocence on Stigall's morning talk show.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hendricks, Mike (November 19, 2009). "Ulterior motives lurk behind the tree-lighting ceremony". Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ "WPHT To Launch New Lineup With Chris Stigall Hosting Morning Drive". CBS Philly. November 30, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ Byers, Dylan (May 21, 2013), "Sharyl Attkisson's Computers Compromised", Politico 
  4. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (21 May 2013). "CBS' Sharyl Attkisson: My Computers Were Compromised, 'Could Be Some Relationship' To DOJ Scandals". The Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ Wemple, Erik (October 29, 2014), "Philadelphia Radio Host Hammers Erik Wemple Blog to Smithereens Over Sharyl Attkisson", The Washington Post 
  6. ^ http://ads.dailylocal.com/downingtown-pa/religious-organizations/religious-organizations/hopewell-united-methodist/2013-05-31-3139-mitch-albom-comes-to-hopewe
  7. ^ "PCBS 3/CW Philly Phone Bank for Ronald McDonald House Charities Sets a Record With Nearly $1 Million Raised for Local", Reuters, March 20, 2012 
  8. ^ Dobo, Nichole (11 September 2011). "Peter Kostis to visit Delaware for charity golf tournament". Delaware Online. 
  9. ^ "Piazza Pet of the Week", CBS Philadelphia 
  10. ^ "Wounded Warrior Joins the Phantasy Camp". January 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ Heron, Phil (March 25, 2015). "A great night for the media at Neumann". Delaware County Times. 
  12. ^ McKinley, Jr., James C.; Dillon, Sam (3 September 2009). "Some Parents Oppose Obama School Speech". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Mucha, Peter (March 15, 2011). "Priest declares innocence, lawyer rips judge on radio show". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

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