Radio stations impact the society through programming that touches on listeners’ value system, perceptions and life style. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community across the world also constitute radio audience with specific stations primarily providing programmes themed around the community. Radio stations focusing on LGBT community are springing up across the world with some of them having outstanding audience base. Here is a list of top 10 radio stations in the world targeted to LGBT community.
CHRF (980 kHz) is a French-language commercial AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec.The station called Radio Fierté consists of programming focusing on Montréal’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. The programming reflects the LGBT community’s interests, concerns and activities.
The station is owned by Evanov Radio Group, and broadcasts an adult standards radio format, along with some multicultural programming.
- CIRR-FM, branded as 103.9 Proud FM, is a radio station in Toronto, Ontario, licensed to serve the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, launched in 2007. It is the first radio station in Canada targeted specifically to an LGBT audience, and the first commercial terrestrial LGBT radio station in the world.
Gaydio is a radio station primarily targeted at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the United Kingdom. When the station was launched full-time on Friday 18 June 2010, it immediately became the UK’s first LGBT FM radio service. It expanded into digital radio when it acquired Gaydar Radio in 2013, and has an audience base of around 850,000 listeners per month, making it one of the biggest LGBT media platforms in the UK. It is broadcast on 88.4 FM in Greater Manchester, on DAB digital radio in Greater London, parts of the Home Counties the Sussex coast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cambridge, Portsmouth and online through their website, mobile apps and the UK Radio Player.
4. JOY 94.9
Joy 94.9 is a popular queer radio station in Melbourne that does 24-hour broadcast. The station also has podcasts, live streaming and transcripts, which have contributed in expanding the audience base.
5. PROUD FM
Proud FM operates at 103.9 FM. This Toronto-based FM radio station is the first mainstream commercial radio station in Canada, and perhaps the world, aimed at gays and lesbians.
- Q Radio
Q Radio is the first radio station in India targeted primarily at the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGTB) community. It was launched in Bangalore on September 11, 2013. Q Radio which goes by the slogan “out and proud” is a channel which is managed by radiowalla.in, an online portal which runs more than 35 radio channels. This station operates round the clock to keep listeners busy.
K244FE (96.7 FM, “96-7 Pride Radio”) is an extension of the national “Pride Radio” format available on iHeartRadio and on New York City’s WKTU-HD2. K244FE “96.7 Pride Radio” is the first analog station in the United States primarily targeted to the LGBT community, and the second in North America after Toronto’s CIRR-FM. K244FE is a translator broadcasting the LGBT-oriented Top 40 format of the HD3 subcarrier of iHeartMedia’s KQQL. It is licensed to Minneapolis’ “Calhoun Beach” neighborhood. The station is owned by iHeartMedia. All the offices and studios are located in St. Louis Park and the transmitter is atop the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.
- PRIDE RADIO
Pride Radio is an LGBT lifestyle top 40 radio network launched by Clear Channel Communications and its online division, CCRD (Clear Channel Radio Digital) in 2006. The radio division became known as iHeartMedia on September 16, 2014. It is one of several music channels that are available through iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio. Pride Radio is a 24/7 streaming pop hits (with dance remixes of many pop hits) channel with a gay sensibility, which is also carried on the HD Radio channels of selected radio stations.
- RADIO FG
Radio FG is a French-language radio station which commenced broadcasting from Paris on 98.2 MHz in the FM band in 1981. It is France’s first radio station that broadcasts deep house and electro house music. Radio FG was founded in 1981 as a community radio rooted in the Parisian gay scene and in support of the gay community. In 2001 Radio FG relinquished its community radio status to become a private radio station. In September 2003 Radio FG became known as FG DJ Radio and broadened its spectrum of music to include R’n’B and Raï music. The ‘FG’ initials were said to vary in meaning from “Fréquence Gaie” (Gay Frequency) to “Futur Génération” (Future Generation) to “Filles et Garçons” (Girls and Boys).The station broadcasts throughout the Parisian suburbs and in other major cities around France.
- RADIO Q
Established on December 18, 2005, Radio Q (Q meaning queer) is an online radio station that serves Romania’s LGBT and queer community. It was established under the name 2G Radio. It is affiliated to the gay portal GayOne.ro, which was previously named 2G. This is the first LGBT radio station in Romania. The station broadcasts non-stop through its Internet streaming service, exciting listeners with programmes consisting of music of varying genres, and discussions on LGBT culture and rights in Romania.