Announces inaugural SIRIUS OutQ Awards
NEW YORK -- April 14, 2004 – SIRIUS OutQ, the nation’s first 24-hour radio channel providing Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender news, talk and entertainment from coast-to-coast, celebrates its first year of broadcasting on Wednesday, April 14 by announcing several new ventures as well as a host of special guests who’ll be part of its April 14th programs.
SIRIUS OutQ and The Advocate newsmagazine are pleased to announce an exclusive joint news operation combining the best of print GLBT journalism with the immediacy and impact of radio news. Beginning May 1, The Advocate will offer on its website streaming audio news reports updated by SIRIUS OutQ’s news department. In addition, SIRIUS will regularly feature guests from The Advocate staff discussing current affairs and stories breaking in the magazine. Listeners may hear The Advocate / SIRIUS OutQ News at the top of every hour on SIRIUS OutQ, channel 149, or online at www.siriusoutq.com. The Advocate / SIRIUS OutQ News is available on demand at www.advocate.com.
SIRIUS OutQ also announces that it has added veteran NPR and ABC news journalist and anchor Michael Wengert to News Director Tim Curran’s team. Wengert's 40 years of broadcast news experience also includes news reporting, foreign bureau management, production and/or anchoring for the BBC, CBC, CNN and GAYBC Radio Network. SIRIUS OutQ News features a network of more than 50 news correspondents from around the world.
Also today, SIRIUS OutQ announces that award-winning actor, screenwriter, playwright and producer Harvey Fierstein will become the "voice" of its station identification. Fierstein has been an enthusiastic supporter of SIRIUS OutQ and an on-air guest since its inception, and his distinctive voice provides SIRIUS OutQ with a recognized, signature vocal identification.
To recognize and honor GLBT persons for their achievements in community service, politics, media, sports and entertainment, SIRIUS OutQ announces that it will produce the inaugural SIRIUS OutQ Awards. The selection process and criteria will be announced in May, and the first awards, to be broadcast live on SIRIUS OutQ, will be presented in October. According to SIRIUS OutQ Program Director John McMullen, "The SIRIUS OutQ Awards will fill an important need to recognize the achievements of GLBT persons who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and courage in making the world better, safer and more equal for GLBT people."
Special anniversary guests on April 14 on SIRIUS OutQ are: