KEZN Flips To LGBTQ Talk/Dance Channel Q; As Out Now Quickly Rebrands
Former Classic Hits “Sunny 103.1” KEZN Palm Desert has flipped to “Channel Q” with new KQPS call letters pending. The move comes with a slightly tweaked programming lineup for the brand and an additional affiliate with 101.5 KALV-HD2 Phoenix to join the other five stations that launched in early October.
The lineup changes included “Dumb Gay Politics + Everything Else” hosted by Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard moving from Thursdays 12-2pm to Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm, “Sidebar with John Duran” hosted by John Duran moving from Fridays 12-2pm to 10am-12pm and the removal of “The B. Scott Show” and “Life w/ Ryan” hosted by Ryan Black from the Monday and Tuesday 12-2pm slots respectively.
Former “Live 105” KITS San Francisco and supposed “97.3 The Machine” KEGY San Diego morning hosts Kevin Klein and Ally Johnson will host “No Things Considered with Kevin Klein & Ally Johnson” weekdays from 12-2pm. Klein and Johnson never made it to the air in San Diego earlier this year following a social media post saying to “Jump” behind a picture of the Coronado Bridge. Klein has quietly been serving as a co-host on KROQ Los Angeles to afternoon host Ted Stryker.
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.