February 25, 1997 Seattle, WA -- GLOradio (http://www.gloradio.com), the first broadcasting company dedicated specifically to global programming for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community was launched today. The website and programs go live on Monday, March 3. The company was founded by John McMullen, creator of Hangin'OUT, a critically-acclaimed weekly talk show that began broadcasting to an Internet audience last September.
"This is an exciting day for us, and for the global GLBT Community," said McMullen, the 33 year old President and CEO. "We have built a great team of people whose talents range from grassroots community activism to 20 years in broadcasting. Together, we have a profound sense of pride in bringing quality news and entertainment shows to people in every country where there is Net access, every single day."
Unlike traditional broadcast outlets, GLOradio is not limited by the strength of an actual radio signal. Programs are broadcast through the Internet and can be heard by anyone who has a Web connection and a multimedia-capable computer. The RealAudio Player software, which can be downloaded free of charge (http://www.real.com), makes it possible to listen to live or archived audio content broadcast by GLOradio. Eventually, GLOradio plans to expand its distribution to traditional radio stations for even greater accessibility.
The original line-up includes news, sports, lifestyle, informational and entertainment shows. Hangin'OUT will kick-off the 1997 season in a daily, Monday through Friday, 20-minute format instead of the two-hour weekly show that it started out as in 1996. The revised format will include daily topics with guest interviews, listener feedback, and news headlines. For a more in-depth newscast, the Daily Dose will continue as a five-minute Monday through Friday report. Hangin'OUT included feature segments that are being spun off into new weekly programs. These include: Dr. Ruthless (advice on love, sex and relationships); The Culture Corner (reviews of GLBT books, music, film and other arts); Out Surfin' (reviews of GLBT sites on the Internet); The Tinseltown Queer (GLBT activism in Hollywood); and, Ideas In Travel (tips, advice and great destinations for business and leisure travelers). In addition, these new weekly features will debut on GLOradio: SoundBody (Lesbian health and wellness issues); The Paige Report (the global "society columnist" goes audio!); and, Countdown To Amsterdam (coverage of teams and athletes working towards Gay Games '98).
"Our goal is to increase the variety of programs we offer listeners three to four times each year," says Tam Keltner, Director of Operations. "By the end of 1997, GLOradio will have shows covering many of the subcultures within the GLBT Community, including programs that will be localized with languages other than English. We are also making a significant commitment to broadcast from a number of large community events around the world which many people could otherwise not attend."
Hangin'OUT has already broadcast from the AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Washington, D.C., the Gay Lesbian American Music Awards in New York City, and the Digital Queers Party Hut in San Francisco. A special edition of the program last December featured the first worldwide live broadcast of a Gay or Lesbian Chorus, when the Seattle Men's Chorus performed their 1996 Holiday Concert to a global audience. Guests on Hangin'OUT have included activist Torie Osborn, comedienne Suzanne Westenhoefer, television talkshow host Phil Donahue, singer-songwriter Holly Near, presidential liaison Richard Socarides and movie producer Craig Zadan. After sixteen broadcasts, the show has received numerous web site awards and has received a nomination for the prestigious GLAAD Media Award, to be announced on March 27 in Washington, D.C.
GLOradio has also entered a strategic alliance with PlanetOut (http://www.planetout.com), the worldwide online community for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. PlanetOut is available through America Online, The Microsoft Network and the World Wide Web.
"GLOradio has the experience and technical know-how to produce quality internet radio programming, both live and pre-produced," says PlanetOut Founder and President Tom Rielly. "We look forward to helping them build a huge audience, and to working together to bring more live events to the community."
"We've been working with PlanetOut since before Hangin'OUT debuted last September and I am very pleased that our relationship has matured as it has," McMullen said. "GLOradio will benefit tremendously from the experience that PlanetOut has gained through their first two years of operation, and we will have the opportunity to add even more top-notch audio programming to their existing content."
In addition to McMullen, Chairman, and Keltner, Director, the employee-owned GLOradio has four other Directors on the Board. They are: Chelle Mileur, an activist/philanthropist and program talent; Lucia Regan, a marketing executive and program talent; Ken Vincent, a 20-year broadcast veteran and program producer; and Mary Salome, News Producer at PlanetOut.
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