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New gay radio – from OxfordStreet to everywhere

Melbourne’s lucky enough to have Joy 94.9FM – but Sydney was severely lacking in good gay radio.

Now with new digital technology, anyone with enough talent and enthusiasm can put together their own radio station, so it was only a matter of time before a bright spark next door got into it and created some quality campness for the airwaves.

Coming to you live from Oxford Street, OX Live launched last month, featuring a blend of brand new music, gay anthems, and some hosts to bring you up-to-date info and a few laughs.

“Why did you start OX Live?” Same Same asked when we caught up with the station’s founder Brooklyn Ross. “Because of Kylie Minogue,” he smiles. “Seriously!”

“I still can’t understand why one of our most successful and fabulous pop exports is ignored by commercial radio in this country,” the disc jockey elaborates. “There is so much music the gay community in Sydney loves that never makes it onto radio – so why not take the matter into our own hands?”

The highest-rotation tracks you’ll hear on the new digital station are from pop artists like Lady Gaga, David Guetta and Katy Perry. Brooklyn says that other artists traditionally loved by gay music fans but increasingly ignored on FM radio like Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears will also feature heavily.

The gap in the market for such a station was obvious, he says. “I’m just shocked Sydney doesn’t have a full-time gay radio station already,” he laughs. “Other groups have given it a red hot go in the past, but none have been able to stay on the air.

“What kind of gay capital doesn’t blast the airwaves with its own gay music?”

The station launched during the busy Mardi Gras season and after a cautious start, Brooklyn’s ambitious for the future. “Right now we’re on the hunt for future radio superstars! We’re looking for local gay people with big opinions, a love of music and a sense of humour who’d like to get involved.

“In the next few months we’ll be launching a number of new shows, and need to find Sydney’s hidden radio talent to play DJ.”

So if you have a microphone at home – even just on your iPhone – Brooklyn wants to hear from you.

Music is also such a huge part of OX Live – so he’s also calling our for any local bands, DJs or remixers to send in their stuff.

Brookyn says he’s tried to make it very easy for people to hear his station over the net and even on mobile. “The station is broadcast 24/7 via smart phones to reach listeners wherever they are – through their car speakers, home stereo, or headphones.

“The online aspect frees us from traditional broadcast limitations – including expensive license and broadcast costs and over-the-top regulation.

“As a music-focused station, the very latest audio technology is used to ensure a crystal-clear, CD-quality experience – our audience would not accept anything less. We use the same audio compression technology used by DAB+ digital radio.”

Listen for yourself. Find OX Live here and let us know what you think.

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dracon388

dracon388 said on the 10th Apr, 2012

Brooklyn Ross is amazing <3

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 10th Apr, 2012

great idea but android pls

Travis de Jonk

Travis de Jonk said on the 10th Apr, 2012

they should try and hook up some of their programming with JOY 94.9 - you know, cross pollinate.

disco3000

disco3000 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Gonna check it out on my DAB when I get home tonight.