Gaydio set for comeback
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community radio station Gaydio is back on-air in August, whilst continuing to wait for news on their full-time licence application, submitted to Ofcom last November.
Their application is delayed due to a shortage of available frequencies in Manchester, but that is not detering the group from operating another trail broadcast in the city.
Gaydio will commence at 7am on Monday August 11th for another 28 days of programming, dedicated to Manchester's gay village. The station is looking for extra volunteers to help out on this, their 4th RSL.
Toby Whitehouse, programme controller for Gaydio told RadioToday.co.uk: “Last year we had a line up of great sounding presenters and some of the most exciting moments happened when we took them out of the studio and into the community. Broadcasting live from backstage with the artists at Manchester Pride helped bring the festival to life for those not there as did our joint coverage of the Pride Parade and HIV Candlelit Vigil with BBC Radio Manchester.
"We also broadcast from outside Manchester for the first time with the final of the Mr Gay UK contest live from Blackpool. Our ever-popular dance show Canal Street Sessions had live broadcasts from many venues including Federation, Cruz, Spirit and Poptastic as well a 3-hour exclusive dance mixes from popular LGBT DJs. I can’t wait for a bigger and better summer 2008!”.
The station has recently applied for a full time community radio licence from Ofcom, “which has taken a huge amount of time and commitment from our volunteers” explains project manager, Ian Wallace.
“The application is still pending, and we hope that Ofcom will be able to find a suitable frequency and offer us a full time radio licence. If so, will we be the only FM radio station for LGBT people in this country, but more importantly it’ll also give us the opportunity to get many more people involved and continue delivering high quality, LGBT focused community radio”.