Entercom expands “Channel Q,” the LGBTQ+ Talk Radio Network, to six new markets – New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Portland, OR and Hartford – using HD Radio multicast channels. With the new outlets, the network expands to 14 markets across the country, including four of the top five, and can also be heard on the Radio.com streaming platform. “Channel Q” launched in October 2018 as “Out Now” originating from the company’s CHR KAMP Los Angeles (97.1). The network offers the latest LGBTQ+ news and information, pop culture and new music.
“We’re extremely proud and excited by the tremendous growth of ‘Channel Q,’” Entercom Southern California senior VP/market manager Jeff Federman said in a release. “Its success is a testament to the desire to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.”
The expansion adds immediate affiliates in New York City, Chicago and Boston, with a further roll out in the spring. The new outlets for “Channel Q” are WNYL-HD3 New York (92.3), WBBM-HD2 Chicago (96.3), WODS-HD2 Boston (103.3), WPOW-HD3 Miami (96.5), KRSK-HD2 (105.1) Portland, OR and WZMX-HD2 Hartford (93.7). Miami will launch in March and Hartford and Portland are scheduled for a Spring debut.
“‘Channel Q’ began as a passion project for our team in Los Angeles and we are thrilled to see the great reception it has received from coast to coast,” Federman continued. “We look forward to informing and engaging with new listeners in these new cities we are now a part of.”
With the additions of New York and Chicago, “Channel Q” can now be heard in four of the five top markets with a roster that includes KAMP-HD2 Los Angeles (97.1), KLLC-HD2 San Francisco (97.3), KNDD-HD2 Seattle (107.7), the Seattle, WA-licensed translator K277AE at 103.3, KMXB-HD2 Las Vegas (94.1), KKHH-HD2 Houston (95.7), KALV-HD2 Phoenix (101.5) and KKDO-HD2 Sacramento (94.7). The sole Class A signal for the “Channel Q” network is KQPS Palm Springs (103.1), which debuted the format in November 2018.