7 Things You Didn’t Know About Digital Media Director Chris Blum

Sep 02, 2016


1. A take-your-kid-to-work day actually led to your real-life career. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?

When I was in the sixth grade, my friend’s mom asked me if I would be interested in going to her company’s take-your-son-to-work day. The company specialized in media planning and buying. I knew from the onset that the strategy, team chemistry and dynamic were so unique and that I needed to know more about this field. I kept this passion throughout high school and decided to pursue my bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, I completed my co-op term by working for a sales company in Blue Ash because I really couldn’t find an agency that was willing to participate in the program. I started the Fall quarter of my senior year with a bit of a shock when my academic advisor told me that she made an error with my course scheduling. I did not fulfill one course that was only offered in the Spring quarter, so I was stuck for six months until I could graduate. Her advice: “Why don’t you take another co-op quarter?” Come to find out, the company from take-your-son-to-work day had just begun paid internships! I worked full time during the Winter/Spring quarters (while also taking my one-credit-hour class in the spring!) and was fortunate to graduate with a full-time employment opportunity with the company! Media continues to be a passion of mine, and its pursuit continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

2. Tell us a memorable story from when you were a kid.

Entering into the fifth grade, I got to sing the national anthem at a Reds Game in Riverfront Stadium. I’m not even much of a singer, but I was asked by the elementary-school music teacher to participate, and how do you turn that down? While it may have been one of the most nerve-racking experiences of my life, it also helped me to take risks and step outside of my comfort zone (two of my favorite personal ambitions). I got to tour the clubhouse, meet Marge Schott (and Schottzie!) and the Padres’ great Tony Gwynn! If I’m ever in the mood to embarrass myself I have video, and it’s hilarious! #Merica

National Anthem Riverfront Stadium

3. How many beers have you tried in the past 3 years? What are your top 5 recommendation?

Since joining Untappd in early 2014, I am up to 701 distinct beers. I have made it a mission of mine to explore the craft beer landscape to find new and distinct beverage options. Whenever I’m at a restaurant or a bar, I always try to find a new beer each time vs. going to an old favorite. My theory is that I made it through the college years of Natty Light and Keystone, so I can manage 12 ounces of just about anything, so let’s explore! I’ve learned a ton about how beer is made, what types I never knew I’d like and how dedicated Cincinnati is to the craft beverage scene. A few of my personal favorites: Galactica by Clown Shoes, Grapefruit Harvest IPA by Abita Brewing, Gringo by Ei8ht Ball Brewing, FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA by Christian Moerlein and Mango Mosaic Pale Ale by Breckenridge Brewery.

4. Tell us about your bad ass wedding.

My beautiful wife, Angela, and I have been together since 2004. I met her my senior year of high school through a friend of a former ex-girlfriend, and we have been inseparable ever since. Many of our friends went through multiple relationships over the years, but Angela and I prevailed. Many of them referenced us as the “un-married married couple.” Since we were already “practically married,” we decided to go the unconventional route for our wedding and throw a badass party! We rented a two-tier Celebrations River Cruises party boat and hired a Stevie Ray Vaughan cover band to rock the night away on the river. Our friends and family still tell us that it was one of the best parties they’ve ever attended! We’re looking forward to a redo for an upcoming anniversary down the line at some point.

5. What is something you get unreasonably excited about?

Football. Period. I am a die-hard, and it rules my life. I was born and raised a Bengals fan and to this day bleed black and orange. I was also adopted into the U of Michigan family from childhood friends that love the blue and maize. UC is third, and I love cheering on my Bearcats. Word to the wise: Don’t bother to call on Saturday or Sunday; I’m not answering. (Note Chris’s daughter’s portrait and Facebook banner below.)

Lucy Bengals

6. Choco Taco, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich or Drumstick.

Definitely Drumstick. With caramel. The chocolate piece stuck at the bottom of the cone is amazing!

7. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Friends know that I’m a big-time Parrothead, but honestly, the best concert I’ve ever been to was Bob Seger in 2015 in Columbus. First off, it was probably the last tour that Bob Seger will do (and he still rocked the stage like he was in his 20s), but it was also the night my wife told me she was pregnant with our daughter Lucy. One of the best nights of my life!

Bob Seger