Chris T. was born in Amityville (insert your own “Horror” joke here) on the south shore of Long Island and grew up two towns east, in Lindenhurst. He took up guitar at 14 and a year later was living out his Jimmy Page fantasies in his first band. At 19 he formed The Nihilistics, a seminal NY punk rock outfit, eventually playing at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, Great Gildersleeves, Mudd Club, Peppermint Lounge, Club 57, etc. He moved to New Jersey in the mid 80’s and was soon on the air at legendary freeform station WFMU, co-hosting The Nightmare Lounge. In 1989 he created the long-running talk show Aerial View and the same year he began his run as MC of Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade. He’s been at SiriusXM since 2003, first on the Blues Channel, then in Outlaw Country. Since March 2006 he’s been co-host of Freewheelin’ on the Road Dog, SiriusXM channel 106. He's married and lives in Weehawken, NJ with his wife.
Some of his favorite things: Radio, Rock & Roll, flea markets, garage sales, old guitars, boardwalks, amusement parks, museums, movies, road trips, underdogs, sideshows, outcasts, convertibles, parks, bowling alleys and music stores.
Some of his favorite entertainment: Sun Records, Chess Records, Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, George Orwell, Charles Bukowski, Jim Thompson, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Mitchum, Robert DeNiro, Ann Margaret, W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Lee Marvin, Bugs Bunny, John Waters, Lenny Bruce, FDR, Lincoln, MAD magazine, Howlin' Wolf, Tom Waits, Tom Jones, Ennio Morricone, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Tom Jones… and the list goes on and on.