Hiram College

“Shock Jock” Chris Akin is not the kind of guy you would expect to expose his weaker, more human side. For almost 20 years, Akin has been one of the Cleveland area’s fiercest radio personalities as well as a ferocious rock critic. Building a reputation as a no-nonsense heavy-hitter hosting “The Metal Show” on 100.7 WMMS and 92.3 WXRK, as well as with Scene Magazine and Music’s Bottom Line, musicians feared his words while fans loved his rage. That rage though eventually cost him his marriage and found him a wrecked human being.

In a year that encompassed a divorce, the death of his father and a period of simply reinventing himself, Chris Akin had to throw the blustery bravado away and teach himself how to be a good person from the ground up. “Little Victories: A Tale of Divorce, Debauchery and Finding Happiness” profiles that year, complete with all the successes and failures along the way to a personal overhaul that no one believed could ever take place. In addition to writing books, Chris Akin owns an information technology company, is the co-host of “THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW” and is the co-owner of the Pennsylvania Coin Operated Gaming Hall of Fame and Museum located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.