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A KXCI Pride Celebration Commemorating Stonewall Day

June 17, 2021

On Monday, June 28 KXCI commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with special programming from 7am until 6pm with KXCI DJ’s Elva De La Torre, Mark Rosenbaum, Shann Oliver and DJ El Toro. KXCI will celebrate the achievements and goals of the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement with great music throughout the day from LGBTQIA+ artists and allies. Members of the community will speak about important LGBTQ issues, organizations, and the LGBTQIA+ experience. Featured interviews include Marshall Shore, project manager for the Arizona LGBT+ History Project, and Susan Stryker, an award-winning scholar, filmmaker and faculty member of UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies. We will also feature excerpts from KXCI’s spring collaboration with The UA Institute for LGBT Studies with presentations by KXCI DJ’s Dr. Tyina Steptoe, Shann Oliver and Rachel Hoblitt highlighting LGBTQ+ artists, musicians, and musical eras (see below for the full video presentations). The engaging presentations provide historical and contemporary descriptions and analysis of the various ways LGBTQ+ performers have succeeded in the music industry despite the many challenges faced by the community of artists and performers.

LGBTQ+ Musicians of the 1950s: this second event in the series from the spring of 2021 was presented by UA’s Dr. Tyina Steptoe, host of KXCI’s Soul Stories, and recorded virtually on Zoom. The second presentation in our collaborative series. KXCI is excited to partner with the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies on four presentations highlighting LGBTQ+ artists, musicians, and musical eras.

LGBTQ+ and the Music of Hollywood’s Golden Age with Shann Oliver. About the presentation: This presentation will cover LGBTQ+ and the music of Hollywood’s Golden Age. During the 1940s/50s there was much privacy & shame for LGBTQ+ performers. This presentation will tell the stories of these singers, lyricists, and composers from this era. About the presenter: Shann Oliver, Host of Moonlight Saving Time which airs Fridays 12am to 3am. Moonlight Saving Time (MoonST) spins a whimsical night of vintage pop, kinky swing, and show tunes galore. This isn’t your average retro show – MoonST sprinkles in offbeat covers, rare Jazz Age gems, and current Broadway hits.

Sylvester: LGBTQ+ & 1970s Disco with Rachel Hoblitt. Topic: Sylvester. During the 1970s Disco era, LGBTQ+ musician Sylvester was able to succeed in the club scene and crossover into mainstream music paving the way for other LGBTQ+ performers. Presenter Rachel Hoblitt is a KXCI producer, Professor of Ethnomusicology at Pima Community College, and a Host of Jazz Sundae, which airs Sundays 12-3pm.


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