John McMullen (broadcaster)

John McMullen is a radio host, producer, and broadcaster. He has worked for Internet radio broadcasters, founded the GayBC Radio Network, [cite web|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9902E1D71230F933A15752C0A96F958260|title=Thesaurus Takes Action to Remove Gay Slurs |publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2008-07-24|last=|first=] [cite web|url=http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/1999/01/17423|title=Look It Up, But Not On the Web|publisher=wired.com|accessdate=2008-07-24|last=|first=] a service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, and operated Sirius Satellite Radio's LGBT radio offering, Sirius OutQ.

McMullen produced content for RealNetworks, later hosting a radio talk show with co-host Chelle Milleur called Hangin' Out. The show, consisting both of dialogue between the hosts and of interviews with newsmakers, covered topics of interest to the gay community in areas such as politics, world events, sports, fashion, and the arts. Issues like the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) were routinely covered, as were events important to the community, such as the annual Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards. It debuted September 29, 1996. [http://www.qrd.org/qrd/orgs/GLAAD/general.information/glaadlines/1996/09.24.96 GLAADlines] 09-24-1996. GLAAD.]

Later, McMullen started GLOradio,cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/US/9707/19/cunanan.internet/index.html|title=Gay Internet sites join hunt for Cunanan| date=1997-07-19 |publisher=CNN |accessdate=2008-07-24|last=|first=] which became the GayBC Radio Network, an Internet radio broadcaster. This provided an international audience with 24-hour live and prerecorded programming, including news, talk, music, and entertainment programming via streaming audio. [http://www.qrd.org/qrd/orgs/GLAAD/general.information/glaadlines/1997/03.03.97 GLAADlines] 03-03-1997. GLAAD.] He assembled a collection of on-air talent that included Milleur, Michelangelo Signorile, Grethe Cammermeyer, Mike Webb, Jeff Calley, Romaine Patterson, Anthony Veneziano, Jeremy Hovies, Charlie Dyer, and McMullen himself. Following the collapse of GayBC's advertising-supported business model, McMullen started another similar service called Gay Radio Network, which met a similar fate. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2001_Nov_6/ai_79967152 Battling radio silence: GayBC founder John McMullen anchored amrathon coverage on September 11. Now he's fighting for his web radio station's survival in the resulting harsh economic times] article in "The Advocate". 2001-11-06. Retrieved 2008-07-24.]

Fledgling satellite radio broadcaster Sirius Satellite Radio hired McMullen to direct and oversee operations for Sirius OutQ, the company's radio channel focused on the LGBT community. McMullen and many of the others from GayBC Radio and Gay Radio Network formed the initial core of Sirius OutQ's programming. From 2003 through 2006, while still with Sirius, he served as a national media endorsement spokesperson for Subaru of America. He left OutQ after becoming frustrated by Sirius's approach to programming on OutQ.

He now serves as Director of News, Talk & Sports Programming for and hosts a general-interest talk show on KNews Radio's AM radio stations in Coachella (KNWZ 970), Palm Springs (KNWQ 1140), and Yucca Valley, California (KNWH 1250), as well as on-line.cite web |url=http://www.knewsradio.com/contact |title=Contact Us |publisher=KNews Radio |accessdate=2008-07-28] Two associates from GayBC, Charlie Dyer and Michael Wengert, also work for the station.

Recognition

*In 2003, "OUT magazine" named McMullen one of their Out 100 for his role in launching Sirius OutQ [http://johnmcmullen.com/about.html About John McMullen] , JohnMcmullen.com.] [http://out.com/out100/alumni_2003.asp 2003 alumni] of the OUT magazine Out 100.]
*Recipient of the GLAAD Media Award
*Recipient of the New York Festival's Bronze Medal for news.

Media appearances

McMullen has apperared or been featured on:
*ABC "World News Tonight"
*CNBC's "Bullseye"
*CNN
*CBS News on Logo
*"The Wall Street Journal"
*"The New York Times"
*"Newsweek"
*"Time"
*"The Advocate"
*The Associated Press

References

Cited references

General references

* [http://www.gaybc.com GayBC Radio Network]
* [http://www.SiriusOutQ.com Sirius OutQ]
* [http://www.JohnMcMullen.com JohnMcMullen.com]


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