FRESH FRUIT is the longest running Queer radio show in the country, having been on KFAI Fresh Air Radio since 1978. Fresh Fruit covers a wide variety of queer topics including youth, gender, interviews, arts, entertainment, politics and news. Hosts include: Leigh Combs, Dixie Treichel, John Townsend and Pat Nelson, and airs every Thursday night 7:30pm - 8:30pm CST on KFAI 90.3FM, Minneapolis - 106.7FM St. Paul. (www.kfai.org)
Pat Nelson is the host every fourth Thursday of any given month. Described as a "renaissance woman", Nelson was associated with the Lesbian Power Authority for many years. She was the co-host and Executive Producer of another popular show, The Womanist Power Authority, and has served as a member of the Fresh Air Board of Directors. Miss Nelson and her partner Kim Hines and their Scottish Terrier live in Minneapolis.
On September 25th, we'll discuss what it means to be an out, black, gay man in 2008. Pretty heady stuff, huh? I'm wondering if I'm up to the challenge. But for all intents and purposes, I'm considering this my first radio show.
The truth is that this will not be my first experience in front of a microphone!
Back in the day, I guest-hosted a co-worker's very popular local radio spot with an evening of Billie Holiday classics. This was quite unusual because they were used to hearing the latest 80's punk rock. But while my friend's audience was open to the brilliance of Miss Holiday's music, and accepted gems like Strange Fruit, I was literally raked over the coals. I couldn't get away from that studio fast enough that night! That experience, best left forgotten, has helped color how I feel about radio ever since. Microphones make me nervous! And every now and then, a strange tape from that show seems to materialize and I have to relive the long night of Lady Day over again. Whew! What a strange and bitter crop, indeed!
FOLLOW-UP: The discussion format changed to the freedom of expression through writing in the LBGT community, and was called The Lavender Pen. I talked about my experience writing this blog, and while I was a bit nervous, it was a blast. It was a really great experience for me to help face my fears of talk radio. Pat is fun, warm and gracious, and she really made me feel at ease.
Tomorrow you'll be able to go to the website listed above & hear the interview.