"You work at Clear Channel? Really?".
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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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Date:||Nov 20, 2007|
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