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"You work at Clear Channel? Really?".

Ryan Jay and Caroline Hand--hosts of the radio show Pride With Ryan and Caroline on the gay-themed Pride Radio network--say they hear that question constantly. When the best friends, who met while working as producers at VH1, were first approached by Clear Channel more than a year and a half ago, "we thought it was a joke," Hand says. "You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about Clear Channel's [conservative] reputation," Jay adds. The company--which owns and operates some 700 radio stations--earned that standing in part by employing on-air personalities like Sean Hannity and Laura Schlessinger. In spring 2004, Clear Channel's political action committee favored Republican candidates over Democrats nationally nearly 4 to 1; this fact, along with the persistent rumor that the company's radio stations ban antiwar artists like the Dixie Chicks and Madonna, only contributed to the Murdoch-ian rap.

But Jay and Hand see another side to the corporate giant. "Clear Channel has been 100% supportive," Jay says.

The San Antonio-based company has similarly surprised Jared Cohen, a Clear Channel development exec. When interviewing with his future boss two years ago, Cohen was asked what he would do if given free rein. He said, "I'd create a 24-7 gay radio and online network."

Once hired, he got the green light to move ahead with his idea as part of the company's niche market strategy. Pride Radio--which features music, news, and celeb gossip--launched in April 2006 and is now in 14 U.S. markets.

So did the almighty gay dollar trump the conservative culture of Clear Channel? Cohen can't--and probably shouldn't--say. But he'll admit his pleasant surprise at turning on a Clear Channel station and hearing "out of the closet and onto the airwaves."

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Title Annotation:Forward
Author:Ochalla, Bryan
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Nov 20, 2007
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