"I am just writing to let you know how important This Way Out has been in my life... when I had no one else to give me courage & tell me stories about my past, it was This Way Out that did." -- B.T., Minneapolis, Minnesota
"I heard tonight's This Way Out for the first time ever. I'm not gay, but have gay friends; I'll tell them about this program. Keep up the good work." --K.L., State College, Pennsylvania
"I'm a 44 y.o. married male just confronting my homosexuality. I can't tell you what a moral boost your program is for me. I look forward to it every week. It's better than Church!" -- Neal, Los Angeles, California
"This Way Out", the multi-award-winning internationally-distributed LGBT radio show, began its twelfth year of weekly broadcasts in April on the Internet and on over 100 community radio stations across the globe. Click here for listings.
"We're very excited by the additional distribution our program will receive through the licensing agreement we've just concluded with World Radio Network," said "This Way Out" Coordinating Producer Greg Gordon. "Our program is now being delivered to listeners across Europe through direct-to-home satellite, and by cable systems in several major European cities, including Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Vienna and London," he noted. Local AM and FM stations also rebroadcast WRN1 in major metropolitan areas, and in some cases nationwide. "This Way Out" joins an elite group of programs being carried by World Radio Network, which also distributes programming from NPR, PRI, RTE in Ireland, and other major radio broadcasters worldwide.
Each weekly half-hour edition of "This Way Out", presented in a "radio magazine" format, includes "NewsWrap", a summary of some of the major news events in or affecting the lesbian/gay community, compiled from a variety of online sources, print publications and broadcasts around the world. Conversations with authors and performers, news feature stories, media critiques, humor, poetry, readings from gay/lesbian literature, historical reviews, and other production features round out each program, all punctuated with a wide variety of music (especially CD's by openly-lesbigay performers, who rarely receive commercial radio airplay; "AudioFile", a regular monthly segment, also previews the latest in queer music, often including conversations with the performers about their new releases).
"This Way Out" is based in Los Angeles, California and hosted by Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle, who've worked together for many years producing lesbigay news and public affairs programming. Cindy Friedman, another experienced broadcast journalist, writes and co-anchors "NewsWrap" each week, and multi-talented playwright/performer Leo Garcia recently joined the team as "NewsWrap"'s co-anchor. Radio journalists from around the world regularly contribute news and feature stories.
The program is made available free of charge each week to over 400 noncommercial public radio stations throughout the U.S. on the Public Radio Satellite System, and is also distributed on audiocassette to stations within and outside the U.S., and to individual subscribers. In addition, "This Way Out" is becoming increasingly valuable as a sound archive, preserving the voices of and issues of concern to the LGBT community for students, historians and researchers.
"This Way Out" has been honored with multiple awards from the National Federation Of Community Broadcasters, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents, Families and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), and the Gay and Lesbian Press Association.
Additional information about "This Way Out", including a complete list of affiliated stations and audiocassette subscription information, is available by writing to P.O. Box 38327, Los Angeles, CA 90038-0327 U.S.A.; via email to TWOradio@aol.com; or online at http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/media/radio/thiswayout.
Photo features, left to right, TWO's Leo Garcia, Greg Gordon, Lucia Chappelle, and Cindy Friedman.