Queer Out West was originally put to rest in November because the producer, local drag queen Beverly Buttercup – her boy name is Bradley Geddes – “spat the dummy and cancelled the program for many different reasons”, she tells us.
But after the gay press gave the demise coverage, she was inundated with feedback and pleas for the show to continue.
“So I met with some of the presenters and asked them if they’d like to continue doing the program in a different format.
“I didn’t want to return to the studio each week. After doing the program for 15 years I felt new people needed to step up.”
So Out West & Proud and Queer TV presenters Pandora Box and Kitty Puss have agreed to do the show fortnightly to take the pressure off Beverly.
Also Nikki Facchin, Jeremy Smith and Fifi Fo'Fum are back for the new program, called Queer Radio Sydney, which began last Monday, January 16.
It broadcasts from 10pm to midnight on the radio and online at 893fm.com.au.
The first and third Mondays of each month will feature Beverly, Nikki and Jeremy. The second and fourth Mondays will have Pandora, Fifi and Kitty. The fifth Mondays (May 29, July 31 and Oct 30) will be just music with a special LGBTI guest DJ in the studio.
“I look forward to hearing your feedback in regards to the new program which will mainly focus on supporting LGBTI singer-songwriters and gay-themed music with a little community info, special guest interviews and a lot of fun along the way,” Beverly said.
“We’ll also do a live chat during the program every Monday night on facebook.com/groups/queerradiosydney.”
89.3Fm 2GLF, the local non-profit community broadcaster for Liverpool and Fairfield, provides local community information, ethnic programming, specialist music and local event coverage.
It’s run and managed by local volunteers.
As well as their FM broadcast, it’s streamed on their website, 893fm.com.au, and all programs are available on demand for four weeks after broadcast.