Thursday saw changes to a Palm Springs radio station, as Sunny 103 changed formats to Channel Q.
The station, previously known as EZ 103 and the choice of your dentist office for background music, began airing the new format, which it describes as a “LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network” that will provide the latest in “LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music.” A lineup of hosts and shows can be found in the press release below.
Many of the hosts will take part in a live broadcast in Palm Springs on Thursday from 1 to 6 pm.
Here’s the press release (via Radio Insight):
Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, announced today the launch of “Channel Q,” formerly known as “Out Now,” on 103.1 (KQPS-FM) in Palm Springs, CA. The station, formerly Sunny 103.1 (KEZN-FM) also shared new call letters. “Channel Q,” the premiere LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network, provides the latest in LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music.
“We are thrilled to add Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley to the ‘Channel Q’ network,” said Jeff Federman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Los Angeles. “This time last year the station was merely an idea. We are pleased to announce that we are now on a Class A signal and have a comprehensive network up and down the West Coast including an additional HD2 signal in Phoenix, Live 101.5 (KALV-FM). We’re passionate about giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies and are particularly proud to showcase diversity on ‘Channel Q.’”
The station is also available on RADIO.COM, the exclusive digital home for all Entercom content across the company’s robust portfolio of 235 radio stations, the RADIO.COM app and sister stations in five markets including Live 101.5 HD2 (KALV-FM) in Phoenix, Mix 94.1 HD2 (KMXB-FM) in Las Vegas, 97.1 AMP Radio HD2 (KAMP-FM) in Los Angeles, ALT 94-7 HD2 (KKDO-FM) in Sacramento and Alice @ 97.3 HD2 (KLLC-FM) in San Francisco.
The station also announced a new weekday line-up:
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:
“The Morning Beat” hosted by Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:
“Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else” hosted by Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard (Monday-Thursday)
“Sidebar with John Duran” hosted by John Duran (Friday)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.:
“No Things Considered with Kevin Klein & Ally Johnson”
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:
“Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hits, Chill and House Music)
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:
“Let’s Go There” hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
“LoveLine” hosted by Dr. Chris Donaghue and Carrie Keagan (Monday-Thursday)
9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.:
“Our House” (spinning the latest in Pop Hit Mixes, Chill and House)
“Channel Q” kicks off on November 1 during Palm Springs Pride Festival weekend with a day-long live broadcast from Arenas Avenue in Palm Springs, CA from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT. The kick-off event will feature a variety of music along with the below on-air show talent line-up:
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Jai Rodriguez and Mikalah Gordon
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Dr. Chris Donaghue and Carrie Keagan
Listeners can tune in to “Channel Q” nationwide on the RADIO.COM app and website. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.