Gay Rights Takes To Radio Airwaves
(Washington) The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization is launching a weekly radio show that will mix talk with celebrity news and feature a phone-in segment.
The show will be hosted by Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and heard on XM Satellite Radio.
“The Agenda with Joe Solmonese” will premiere on Monday, July 17, on XM LIVE (XM channel 200) from 6 – 8 pm. There will be additional encore broadcasts airing throughout the week.
“This is a unique opportunity to engage millions of Americans in a real conversation about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender today,” said Solmonese.
“Our goal has always been to engage more Americans in a dialogue about fairness and equality, and XM’s more than 6.5 million subscribers give us an incredible reach into rural as well as urban American homes and cars.”
“The Agenda” will mix current events with lifestyle topics and feature audience interaction through live listener calls.
Solmonese said that he’s working on getting guests, like Cyndi Lauper, George Takei and political leaders like Sens. Russ Feingold and Lincoln Chafee.
He also plans on bringing on religious leaders like Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and national and local community leaders “who are fighting for equality on the front lines.”
The program will be broadcast live from XM’s Washington, D.C., studios.
Solmonese will be joined each week by “The Agenda” executive producer Mary Breslauer of Boston, a former radio talk show host, former HRC board member and longtime GLBT activist.
Coinciding with the Gay Games in Chicago, the debut episode of “The Agenda” will feature live coverage of the games, as well as a look at being GLBT in the Windy City.
“Joe Solmonese is a remarkably articulate and authentic voice for our community. Joe’s new show feeds an audience that craves more voices, more entertainment and more diversity of programming. And that’s the perfect recipe for success in entertainment.” said Lisa Sherman, General Manager of Logo, the nation’s leading LGBT cable channel and entertainment source from MTV Networks.