New Delhi, July 24, 2017: India’s first LGBTQ radio show Radio ISHQ 104.8 is hosted by Harish Iyer, an LGBTQ activist and this show will not only disclose people’s narrative about their struggle stories of coming out of the closet but will also bring to light the experiences and anecdotes of individuals who have chosen a different road in life.
Gaydio being the first of its kind radio show in India hails for all inclusive love. It will serve as a platform to highlight the different voices which were silenced by the society till now, will come out in the open. It will spread the message that this is the time for people to reveal their true selves to the nation.
According to ANI report, the show is on air from July 19 and regarding this Harish Iyer said, “my intent is to keep it as inclusive and personal as possible. Radio is a very personal medium. The fact that it is a sound only medium makes it a more universal and a widely accessible medium. I am sure initiatives like these would give the listener a better understanding of gender and sexuality. This show would focus on the lives of LGBTQ people and understand that we are all the same and that #LoveIsLove without tags.”
Earlier there was a radio station by the name Q Radio which operated from Bangalore, dedicated solely to LGBT community. It was an online platform, which also had a mobile app, launched in 2013, but since 2015 there has been no active news on its existence.
Further, Shivangini Jajoria, National Head – Operations said, ” As a station, we always want to provide exceptional content to our listeners, with Gaydio we want to reinstitute the fact that Love is not conditional to sexuality. We as a station finally want to hear the unheard voices of the nation.” The new radio show will air every Sunday at 12 noon.
Here are few famous LGBTQ radio channels worldwide. In 2015, USA came up with the first online radio channel for LGBTQ- 96.7 Pride Radio in Minneapolis. Australia has its very own Only Gay and Lesbian community radio station, 94.9 Joy in Melbourne. There is a radio station in The UK by a similar name, 88.4 Gaydio. It is one of the biggest LGBT media platforms in the UK, garnering around 850,000 listeners per month.
– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram, Twitter @DKritika08
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