HOUSTON LGBT HISTORY .ORG
A growing resource of mostly Houston LGBT history, with considerable statewide information
described as a "listener-sponsored community radio station,"
KPFT (90.1 FM) has been much more to the gay & lesbian community
in Houston. Since the station began in 1970, it provided the only radio
outlet for LGBT expression and information in the city. Gay community
icon Ray Hill was one of the founders, and hosted the first regular
gay & lesbian show, Wilde 'N Stein, from July 1975 to 1980, at which
time he became KPFT's manager. One of the Wilde 'N Stein regulars was
Mike Miesch (1980 to 1987), whose dedication kept him hosting the show
(despite declining health due to AIDS) until one week before his death.
When the AIDS epidemic was being sensationalized by the main stream
media, programming at KPFT was a source for reliable and accurate information,
especially for those who did not have access to printed materials that
were being circulated.
The above overview is from the Gay Radio page of The Banner Project
The Rest of the KPFT Radio Story
is no gay radio story in Houston other than the KPFT story,
The recap below is from the 1980 Pride Guide
and below, brief mention in the James Sears book "Rebels, Rubyfruit and Rhinestones," 2001
above, from 1980 Pride Guide
Greer Price above on right....who is on the left?
letter to After Hours Producer Buddy Johnston from
Judy Voulgaris later changed her name to Judy Reeves
Above, from Caucus Newsletter
below, from The Wand, one Breakthrough producer resigns