Gaydio’s Station Director Toby Whitehouse has made the annual Independent on Sunday Pink List, at number 29.
The list features Britain’s most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
This year saw over 1,300 nominations from the public run past a panel of judges to create a final list of 101 people, which is topped by transgender rights activist Paris Lees.
Toby Whitehouse co-founded Gaydio with Ian Wallace in 2006, where it was conceived as a pop-up station for Manchester Pride. After a series of pilot broadcasts, Gaydio launched a full time FM service for Manchester in 2010. In January 2013, Gaydio acquired the DAB licences for London and the Sussex Coast previously operated by GaydarRadio.
Toby told RadioToday; “I’m absolutely thrilled to have placed on the Pink List. Its a great credit to the whole team at Gaydio. I’m really pleased that the importance of having a dedicated radio station for LGB&T people in the UK has been acknowledged by The Independent on Sunday ”.
The Independent states “The judges decided that a Pink List contender can no longer simply be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and famous. They need to make a difference”.
Toby has previously been featured by Attitude Magazine in their Role Models issue and by the Radio Academy in their “30 Under 30”. Prior to launching Gaydio, he worked at BBC Radio Manchester and currently presents mid-mornings on Gaydio alongside running the output of the station. He is on the committee for the Radio Academy North West branch.