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Canberra radio station comes out of closet

By smoothcat 5 September 2008 28

Its sooooo nice to see Canberra’s gay radio station – 2CA – finally coming out of the closet. Reminds me of my own coming out as an awkward pimply-faced lad of 14 – I’ll never forget the look on mum’s face when I brought my boyfriend home for the first time!!!

It started a few months ago when I noticed 2CA playing all my favourite music. Then they sacked the straight DJs – both the girl and then the bloke who were on in the afternoons (good riddance). And they put a photo of a DJ with a limp wrist on their web site as a signal to us. And now they’re promoting my favourite musical Priscilla. And the other night my life partner heard the song Glad to be Gay from Tom Robinson’s classic Cabaret 79 album.

Good on you, 2CA. It takes lots of guts to come out but its just so lovely to have you with us as a dearly loved part of Canberra’s gay community.

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The Public Watchdog 10:22 pm 14 Sep 08

Do you know, how I know 2CA are gay?

Because they like Coldplay.

caf 10:36 am 08 Sep 08

BerraBoy68: Duratone in Philip.

BerraBoy68 7:41 am 08 Sep 08

JB – Research? sure. When you get paid to, or have a personal interest in the outcome, absolutely.

As for Canberra Radio stations it can be nice to listen too but as I’m not in the industry I don’t care that much ‘who’s on top’. Personally, I still like coming home, throwing the old LP’s on the record player and listening to my choice of music (sadly, very 70’s and 80’s).

Actually, noting the audience here, does anybody know if/where I can get replacement needles for the record player?

simbo 4:26 am 08 Sep 08

I’d suggest niche-marketing on a gay basis would still be lowering ratings below 6.7 percent (although, of course, there are advantages commercially to niche marketing as vendors have a tighter knowledge of their demographic, which may have a greater disposable income…)

Having said that – the only gay-only radio station I know in Australia is Joy FM in Melbourne, which starts with a much bigger population base than Canberra, and, as far as I know, doesn’t run on a commercial basis (it’s under a community radio license, IIRC)…

johnboy 12:25 am 08 Sep 08

As the lowest rating commercial station in the ACT at 6.7 it would seem primed for niche broadcasting.

Hope you do a bit more research on your billion dollar negotiations.

BerraBoy68 4:41 pm 07 Sep 08

JB – Thanks, with several successful ‘hundred million dollar’ negotiations (and even one successful billion+ dollar) negotiation for my employer under my belt (I loved working in Defence)I think I’ve got my business acumen sorted out;) I’m not an expert on ‘radio ratings of the ACT’ and I was of the understanding that 2CA had fairly good market share already and was doing well – obviously not!

It’s not something I’m interested in but I understand that a couple of ‘gay only’ holiday resorts in Australia have done quite well.

SimpleShane77 3:33 pm 07 Sep 08

2CA Rocks!

I don’t care if they’re dj’s are gay or otherwise.

I thing I like about them is that they play music for adults.

I’m so over the heavy rock and hip hop shit on 106 and 104 plus the dj’s who only talk about themselves. that lisa girl on 106 is the worst.

2CA is cool again and i’m hearing the station more and more all over the place.

I’d say the person who started this post is more likely to be someone from another station who doesn’t like it that 2CA is sounding all right.

simbo 3:01 pm 07 Sep 08

Remind me when Backstreet Boys and Savage garden played GOOD stuff, miz??

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