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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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Canberra radio station comes out of closet
bubzie 9:06 am 06 Sep 08

*blinks*

..wow.

i’m guessing someone’s very bored, and lonely on a friday night to think of this…

Whatsup 9:03 am 06 Sep 08

BerraBoy68 said :

After all, why would a business (and that’s what it is) that could have broad community appeal target a minority market?

Maybe its because the Gay Community have a higher disposable income than the general population. If you can establish yourself in this market than it can attract good advertising income.

simbo 8:55 am 06 Sep 08

I dunno, it’d kinda help if the “humorously intended” posts were, um, actually funny?

(full disclosure here – I present Q-Radio on 2XX FM on a rotating cycle every couple of weeks – what makes it a gay program, for mine, is the discussion bits – community announcements, news, opinions – more than the musical playlist, which varies all over the map from Nirvana to the Andi and George Band to Aimee Mann to They Might be Giants to The Mountain Goats depending on how I’m feeling on a particular day)

johnboy 8:39 am 06 Sep 08

free market in a free society the question is more about want than need.

I doubt the gay community is in agreement about the need for a gay radio station and I suspect they’d like it to be FM if they did.

Having said that I think you might be missing the humourous intent of this post.

DJ 8:18 am 06 Sep 08

Does the gay community need a radio station? Pathetic. So, has the struggle to be accepted by the mainstream community (which is fairly wide stream) come to turning a radio station gay? What makes them gay? A DJ? Pet Shop Boys or Bros on repeat?

I was sick of FM rubbish and went back to the golden oldies on 2CA and 2CC and now this “it’s tough to come out” bollocks. It’s a business not a person. Who cares? If the DJs were dwarf throwing tattooed endomorphs with wigs would that make the news or catch your “feel good and identify with a minority field day” or justify the music they play?

I-filed 8:17 am 06 Sep 08

Only problem with your theory is that the 2ca ads are still aimed at pensioners … when I hear an ad aimed at the luvvies, I’ll believe you … I listen to 2ca occasionally, when the whining RN presenters start talking about their own kids or irrelevant detail about their own lives or, like the morning presenter, interrupt the interviewees constantly with little details about themselves!

johnboy 8:02 am 06 Sep 08

BerraBoy68 said :

If this is true it’d be a coincidence only, I think. After all, why would a business (and that’s what it is) that could have broad community appeal target a minority market?

Nothing against homosexuals but it just wouldn’t make good business sense (unless of course their listening audience is already so small that catering for a specific minority will actually boost their numbers).

Why would any business seek out a niche? Back to business school for you.

A business with a smaller market share than any given target niche might well choose to give up on the mainstream.

Why would RiotACT give up on the global internet market to concentrate on just the ACT? Same reason it would make sense for a struggling radio station to target a sub-culture.

rosie_bubz 7:51 am 06 Sep 08

hmmm i have never listened to this station so my comments may not be acurate but have they actually stated ‘were gay’

BerraBoy68 7:38 am 06 Sep 08

If this is true it’d be a coincidence only, I think. After all, why would a business (and that’s what it is) that could have broad community appeal target a minority market?

Nothing against homosexuals but it just wouldn’t make good business sense (unless of course their listening audience is already so small that catering for a specific minority will actually boost their numbers).

utah 3:23 am 06 Sep 08

I don’t think they’ve come out and stated they’re gay. It’s more like they’re flirting with the concept – bi-curious, if you will.

miz 11:08 pm 05 Sep 08

What’s TRB? Is it like LRB?

ant 11:00 pm 05 Sep 08

I was in a shop that plays 2CA this week and it sounded the same to me. Awful songs. There’s no way they’d be playing ANYTHING by TRB, let alone Glad to be Gah.

miz 10:54 pm 05 Sep 08

Best playlist in town! I’m a convert.

Holden Caulfield 10:41 pm 05 Sep 08

Do you mean gay or ghey?

Morgan 10:20 pm 05 Sep 08

I think I speak for everyone here when I say thank you for clearing that up for us.

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