Radio host Elvis Duran gets engaged to boyfriend Alan Carr

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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New York City’s Z100 radio host Elvis Duran got engaged to his longtime boyfriend of almost eight years Alan Carr on Friday the 13th.

Carr, a zookeeper hailing from Staten Island, popped the question with the words “Elvis, Will You Marry Me?” written on an open umbrella, a Friday the 13th superstition.

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Little River Band with Rock Symphony and Special Guest Firefall

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Rock legends, Little River Band with Rock Symphony returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guest Firefall on Sat, Apr 8! Originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian acts, Little River Band claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s with their good songwriting, powerful vocals and guitar harmonies. Some of their chart-topping hits include It’s A Long Way There, Help Is On Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady and Cool Change.

Firefall is a group of exceptional musicians and singers, with a repertoire of radio recognizable chart topping songs few bands can match. For more than 30 years, they have saturated the national radio waves with hits such as You Are The Woman, Just Remember I Love You, Strange Way and Livin’ Ain’t Livin’. Firefall is as vital and valid as ever, standing out as one of the few remaining torchbearers for harmony-laden rock; a welcome blast from the past focused firmly on the future.

Radio Heads: The Will & Grace stylings of Miguel & Holly have made them Tampa Bay’s number one morning show

By : Jeremy Williams
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What makes someone remarkable can vary. It can be a grand standing up for what’s right, or it can be something much more subtle and simple, just being who you are. Miguel Fuller and Holly O’Connor are the morning show hosts for Hot 101.5’s “Miguel and Holly Show.”

The radio duo came to Tampa Bay in 2015 by way of Panama City Beach and have since climbed out of the airwaves and snuggled up to us, becoming the Bay area’s very own Will & Grace.

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Garrison Keillor

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One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, writer and humorist, Garrison Keillor comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday, December 12 at 7 pm. Offering insight and stories from his journey as one of America’s greatest storytellers, Keillor captivates audiences with his unique blend of comedy, charisma and wisdom.

Best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week, Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, The Writers Almanac, and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places. A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny and Homegrown Democrat. In 2006, Keillor played himself alongside a cast that included Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline, in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman.

Issue 23.22: On the Radio

By : Jake Stevens
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The LGBTQ community finds its voice and its musical escape on the air in Tampa Bay and Orlando, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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The LGBTQ community finds its voice and its musical escape on the air in Tampa Bay and Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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“Because you can’t see tits on the radio, I’ll give you five fingers for a one man show,” the Scissor Sisters belted out more than a decade ago. Well, some things have changed. For one, the industry that has typically been haunted by dusty faces that were, as they say, “made for radio,” have evolved into a different beast, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, the medium has been revitalized by the presence of satellite and internet stations. On the other, there are clouds from both sides now, wherein mainstream industry force presses up against a personality-driven culture, one perfectly suited for the huskiness of a DJ’s voice. More importantly, niche radio stations and mainstream ones alike have opened the door for LGBTQ culture to dance and be heard.

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11.3.16 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“Someone found a letter you wrote me, on the radio. And they told the world just how you felt. It must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat. They never said your name but I knew just who they meant.”

Those were the words that flew from Donna Summer’s gorgeous mouth in 1979, back when I was five, a latchkey derivative, a mess and a superhero all rolled into one. Those words resonate with me still today, and any time Blue Star – one of our cover stars – plays them to me (she does), I cry into the wood paneling, I wish for a lit up dance floor, I break a heel, but I never fall down.

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High Fidelity: The red suitcases

By : Miguel Fuller
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MiguelFuller_MugSomething weird happens when you look at yourself in the mirror and realize you are a 30-something.

First, the fact that I’m having thoughts about age, life, death, legacy and retirement are crazy to me. Last I remember I was visiting college campuses trying to figure out where I wanted to have my young mind molded. Secondly, you really start to feel your life decisions weigh on you. No longer can you make excuses for a crazy night out – you have responsibilities. Someone is depending on you. Thirdly, you start to realize that you aren’t the young one in the group anymore. Friends are coming to you for serious life advice, not just boy or girl drama.

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Republican N.C. governor says he won’t back religious exemption bills

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory said March 30 he isn’t backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who don’t want to perform gay marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses.

Appearing on WFAE radio in Charlotte the Republican governor criticized, in its current form, a Senate bill that allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to refuse to carry out marriage duties based on a “sincerely held religious objection.” Under the bill, the official wouldn’t be allowed to perform any marriage, not just same-sex marriages.

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Preaching to the Converted: From Kundis to Kelly

By : Ken Kundis
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KenKundisHeadshot_808353452In the movie Dangerous Liaisons, the John Malkovich character tells the story of a man who had an affair with an inappropriate woman. When the man would be questioned about it, he would simply reply “It’s beyond my control.” He said this so often, in fact, that he began to be comically and derisively linked to the phrase. It turned the man into a caricature.

I have a similarly odd imprimatur. Specifically, that of a Kelly-holic. The “Kelly” being the original American Idol, one Kelly Brianne Clarkson of Burleson, Texas.

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Alan Grayson headed back to Congress

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Former Congressman and outspoken liberal Alan Grayson is headed back to Congress from central Florida.

With 70 percent of District 9 precincts reporting, Grayson had 62 percent of the vote, defeating his Republican challenger, conservative radio host Todd Long.

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