Outgames to receive daily radio and television coverage
|Written by Mark Robins|
|Friday, 22 July 2011|
Armchair athletes will have easy access to all the action of the 2011 Vancouver Outgames as both CiTR Radio 101.9 FM and Shaw TV channel four will provide daily coverage during the games.
CiTR 101.9FM Trains LGBTQ Youth to Broadcast the 2011 OutGames
As part of the CiTR Radio coverage, seven queer youth from QMUNITY's Gab Youth program - Neo Caines, Jazmine Khan, Jessi King, David Levitt, Calvin Ling, Jerek Starr, and Leroy Wan - have been hired to be trained as certified radio broadcasters during the games. The youth will also make up the initial team for the upcoming new bi-monthly radio collaboration between CiTR's QueerFM and QMUNITY called QueerFM QMUNITY.
“It’s an honour to give a voice to those with the most to say - LGBTQ youth,” said Aedan Saint, CiTR Outgames Coordinator and host of QueerFM. “The youth selected were all participants in QMUNITY's GAB program, a safe space for queer youth and allies under twenty-five, which offers weekly drop-in socials, workshops, and special events.”
Transmitting from the University of British Columbia, CiTR's LGBTQ radio show QueerFM has been providing coverage of queer news, events, and causes for eighteen years and is one of the longest running LGBTQ shows in Canada. CiTR has since expanded QueerFM with two additional shows, QueerFM Arts Xtra and QueerFM QMUNITY.
The complete CiTR Outgames broadcast schedule, which runs Sunday to Sunday, July 24 through July 31 is available online in PDF format.
Local LGBT Volunteers Re-unite to Provide Daily Coverage of Vancouver Outgames on Shaw TV
In a collaboration between Shaw TV community access (channel four in Vancouver) and Health Initiative for Men (HIM), the team covering the Outgames re-unites the first group of queer volunteers who provided television coverage of the 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver, with a new group of Volunteers.
The daily television coverage will include the athletic competitions, human rights conference, and cultural festival beginning on Tuesday, July 26th with a special one-hour broadcast of the opening day celebrations and ceremonies.
From Wednesday, July 26th to Friday, July 29th, a half-hour program of the day’s highlights at the athletic competitions, human rights conference and cultural festival will first air at 10 pm PT and will repeat several times before the next evening’s update. All stories as well as additional material will also be available almost immediately on YouTube and Facebook.
“As part of our commitment to strengthen the health and well-being of gay men we build capacity in our community through volunteer-driven activities like these,” said Wayne Robert, Executive Director of HIM. “We’re delighted to partner with Shaw TV to bring coverage of Vancouver’s Outgames produced by our very own community.”
A complete listing of the Shaw TV coverage of the 2011 Vancouver Outgames is available online at http://checkhimout.ca.