Speaker spotlight: Dr Matthew Linfoot

Queer in your ear: LGBT Radio in the Archives

ML - DSC03209“LGBT voices were arguably the last communities to find specific airtime on UK mainstream radio. Despite some notable queer community radio output, it took many a battle with nervous radio bosses before specific gay and lesbian radio programmes were heard on BBC networks and local radio from 1993 onwards.

LGBT radio in the 1990s broadcast during the watershed years of lesbian and gay political, social and cultural transgression – providing a valuable connection to disparate listeners, where perhaps newspapers, magazines and other media proved inaccessible. Yet in the pre-digital world, radio output was ephemeral, rarely captured for re-listening, and consequently sound archives are often incomplete.

The paper assesses a few examples of the impact of these programmes, and highlights the need to preserve this valuable asset, and to make LGBT radio archives more readily available to researchers and listeners alike.”

Dr Matthew Linfoot

Dr Matthew Linfoot is Principal Lecturer in Radio at the University of Westminster. Previously, he worked at the BBC in a variety of roles, including presenter & producer of the weekly programmes Gay and Lesbian London and The Lavender Lounge on BBC GLR94.9 (1993-2000), as well as producing a series of oral history programmes about London, The Century Speaks. He won a SONY Gold Award for producing & co-writing You’ve Got To Hide Away, with Tom Robinson, which explored hidden gay sexuality in popular music. Research interests include BBC Local Radio and LGBTQ radio.

Matthew’s Twitter: @linfootm

BA (Hons) Radio and Digital Production

BA (Hons) Radio and Digital Production is one of the leading radio courses in the UK. Graduates from the course work for a wide range of employers, from the BBC to commercial stations and independent companies. It is accredited by Skillset and the student radio station, Smoke Radio, won Gold Award for Student Station of the Year 2015. Smoke is also the official media partner for National Student Pride.

Twitter: @westminsteradio

Matthew will be speaking on day 2 of the conference


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