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Gaywaves, an LGBT+ community news and information radio program, is the “longest continuously aired LGBTQ public affairs radio program in Ohio (and probably beyond).” Gaywaves first aired on WRUW 91.1 FM in 1975 as Radio Free Lambda. In 1984, the program was renamed Gaywaves. Gaywaves radio program is primarily centered on providing LGBT+ local, national, and international “news and information, with a secondary emphasis on lesbian/gay entertainment, editorials, and commentaries.” Gaywaves airs weekly broadcasts on WRUW FM 91.1 Thursday afternoons beginning at 2pm.

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  • “Brian DeWitt Interview, 2008.” Cleveland Voices.
  • Cari, Drew. “Out and Audible.” Gay People’s Chronicle. September 9, 1988. Page 2, 6.
  • “Cleveland Gay Radio Expands.” High Gear. November 1975.
  • DuAne, John. “Gay Call-In Show on WHK; Gay Waves Moved to 11:30 AM.” Gay People’s Chronicle. February 19, 1993. Page 21.
  • “Gay Radio.” Gay People’s Chronicle. March 1988.
  • “Gay Waves Radio Program.” Case Western Reserve University.
  • “Gaywaves.” WRUW FM 91.1.
  • Graves, John. “Gay Radio Program Celebrates Two Decades on the Air.” Gay People’s Chronicle. February 10, 1995. Page 23.
  • Graves, John. “Support Gay, Alternative Radio.” Gay People’s Chronicle. April 17, 1998. Page 20.
  • Resnick, Eric. “Gaywaves.” Podbean.
  • Schneck, Ken. LGBTQ Cleveland. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2018. Page 16-17.
11220 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

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