Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, February 01, 1986, Page 8, Image 8

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    the Mayor of Queersville. Trends in the gay
and lesbian community. Dr. Goof. A com­
munity affairs calendar. The First Annual
Radio Lip-Synch Contest Letters. Gays of
Our Lives.
Most of the show’s elements will consist of
preproduced comedy skits emanating from
volunteers from the community.
“G ays o f O ur H ues is guaranteed to of­
fend everyone," Howie says, "my only fear is
that people are going to be committed for
only a few episodes and that we’re going to
have a lot of car crashes to kill off the
characters. Then all of a sudden we ll have a
whole busload to do in.”
Since Q ueersuille will depend on volun­
teers, Howie and Michelle are soliciting help
from the whole community. They have been
prepping for their task under the able direc­
tion, technical and otherwise, of Linda Shirley,
LC . Ernest and Garcia Phelps, all veteran
KBOO volunteers.
Both Michelle and Howie represent a new
generation in the lesbian and gay commun­
ity; both are in their 20s (Michelle is 22; Howie
is 27), and neither feel oppressed.
“We think we will be able to affect a change
among gay people in the way they view a
once-derogatory term,” they say.
Q ueersuille will have three previews:
Thursday, January 3 0 ,1 0 a.m. on RadioZine;
a repeat on Friday, January 31,10 p.m. on
Woman Soul; and a second show on Friday,
February 14,10 p.m. on Woman Soul. Check
KBO O ’s new program guide for Q ueers-
uille s permanent slot beginning in March.
Q ueersuille, a half-hour gay and lesbian
radio series to premier in early March, has
created controversy already. (See Ju st Let­
ters for a sample.) The creators of Q ueer s-
uille, Howie Bierbaum and Michelle Bums,
have met with success before airing even one
segment since the aim of their endeavors is
to b e controversial. Each week the show will
begin with a disclaimer, "The following pro­
gram contains material which may be offen­
sive to some people. Listener discretion is
advised, especially if you suffer from
homophobia, puritanism or tastefulness."
Using a long-running radio show called
F ruit P u n ch , broadcast from KPFA in
Berkeley, CA, as their inspiration, Michelle
and Howie say " Q ueersuille is going to be
right up front We re going to laugh at our­
selves as gay people, and we re going to
laugh at the outsiders’ view of gay people.
We re not going to just be taking pot-shots at
the community. This will be a response to gay
people taking themselves too seriously."
Gay radio in Portland has never had pro­
gram m ing such as the Q ueersuille duo are
devising. Gay radio has been mostly talk
shows featuring listener participation and
this team say they are preparing an alterna­
tive to the mainstream.
“Sometimes I feel queer in the queer com ­
munity,” Howie says. “There are many other
people who feel like that and we want to
create another option, another voice. Main­
stream voices are heard all the time, so we re
going to present an alternative.”
So what can we expect to hear on Q ueers­
uille? Redefined erotica. A write-in contest for
p h o to s by K ann Sandw ick
Howie Bierbaum an d M ichelle Bums, co- hosts of Queersville.
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