JD Doyle

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JD Doyle (born September 24, 1947) is an LGBT music archivist and radio producer. He is a staff member of the weekly radio show Queer Voices and produces of the monthly radio show Queer Music Heritage. He is also producer of OutRadio and co-producer of monthly radio review Audiofile. He now lives in Houston, Texas.

"Queer Music Heritage is both a radio show and a website, and the goal of both is to preserve and share the music of our culture, because I just don't think gay & lesbian music of the past should be forgotten." [1]

Early life and career[edit]

Doyle was born and raised in Salem, Ohio.[2] He moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1978, and joined the Unitarian Universalist Gay Community.[2] As a member of the community, he was involved in many projects including hotline and speeches at college human sexuality classes.[2] Also, he worked at Our Own Community Press, a monthly all-volunteer newspaper of Unitarian Universalist Gay Community (UUGC) from 1978 to 1980, and was editor during 1979.[2] The newspaper itself was published from 1976 through 1998.[3][4] In 1981, he moved to Houston, Texas.[2] He participated in The National March on Washington For Lesbian & Gay Rights, on October 14, 1979, and reported it on Our Own Community Press.[2]

Queer music collection[edit]

Doyle has been an avid record collector since the early 1970s. He collected music from mostly the 1950s and 1960s from many genres.[2][5] In early 1990s, he changed focus and sold his huge collection.[2][5] However, he kept the gay artists and began specializing in queer music in the mid-1990s.[2][5] Queer music, according to him, is the music of GLBT artists, with a special emphasis on lyrics that deal with queer topics, and the lives as GLBT people.[5] For GLBT artists, queer content is not a prerequisite, and conversely music by straight artists with queer content qualifies.[5] Its genres include disco, blues, hip hop, country, punk, etc., and a number of shows on special areas including Gay Musicals, songs about Gay Marriage, AIDS, Bear Music, Drag Queen, Gay Christian Music, a number of shows on Transgender artists, etc.[5] He likely has the largest private collection in the world; he has more than 6000 items that include albums, CDs, singles, MP3 files.[5]

Radio show[edit]

Starting radio broadcast[edit]

Doyle's friend Jimmy Carper was, and still is, producer of KPFT's GLBT radio program After Hours and after Doyle made several requests that more queer music be played, Carper invited him to come on the show and do a couple segments. Jack Valinski, the producer of Queer Voices (then, Lesbian & Gay Voices), offered him a regular segment on that show, which he was glad to accept.[6]

Queer Voices[edit]

Doyle co-hosted Queer Voices from 2000 to 2008, and continues to make guest appearances. Queer Voices, a weekly two-hour-long radio program on Pacifica radio's Houston affiliate KPFT, is dedicated to broadcasting news, concerns and events as related to Houston's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) community.[7] The goal of Queer Voices is to provide up to date information on the community's concerns that is currently not available from other local media outlets.[7] There are usually four or five hosts and four or five guests per show.[5] The show is heard on Pacifica's KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston, Texas on Mondays, 9 to 11 pm, Central Time.[7] Queer Voices includes the segments Queer Music Heritage and This Way Out.[2]

Queer Music Heritage[edit]

Queer Music Heritage, also called QMH, is a monthly one-hour-long radio show that introduces queer music. The first one hour is presented on 4th Monday of Queer Voices. QMH was founded by Doyle in January 2000, and its goal is to preserve and share the music of queer culture.[5] The first six episodes were 30-minutes-long, but it lengthened to be 1-hour-long afterwards.[2] QMH includes interviews with musicians and songs of a certain theme for each episode. While the first hour of the show airs on Queer Voices, the monthly shows are normally more than one hour (and have been as long as eight hours, depending on the amount of material). The June 2004 show "Queer Music before the Stonewall" won a Special Merit Award in the category of Local Music/Entertainment Program at the National Federation of Community Broadcasting conference.[2] QMH celebrated its 10th anniversary recently in January 2010.[6]


"Audiofile" was a monthly radio queer music review carried by This Way Out, an international gay and lesbian radio magazine, on over 200 stations around the world.[8] Each "Audiofile" segment was approximately seven minutes long, and showcased three recent CDs by GLBT artists. This Way Out is a weekly 30-minute show and included "Audiofile" monthly during the last week of the month.[8] This Way Out was delivered by Queer Voices.[5] It was founded by Chris Wilson, Pam Marshall, and the engineer Christopher David Trentham in January 1997. JD Doyle became a co-producer of "Audiofile" when Pam Marshall left the team in the beginning of 2001. The segment was discontinued in December 2010, to allow the co-producers to pursue other projects. All segments of the 14-year show are archived at http://queermusicheritage.us/af.html[2]


Doyle began a new monthly internet music show, OutRadio in January 2010.[2] While the purpose of QMH was to focus more on the history of the music of GLBT artists, that did not allow enough time to give exposure to new music, so OutRadio allows for that, and like QMH can be composed of nearly any music genre, with a running time not fixed, but shows are usually three hours in length.[2]


Doyle's work[edit]

Year Work
2005 "Play It Loud! Top Queer Rock'n'Roll" was one of the articles in the hardbound book "Our Lives and Times: Celebrating 10 Years of Houston's GLBT Community," published by OutSmart Magazine.
2006 "Queer Music Radio: Entertainment, Education, and Activism" in the Journal of Popular Music Studies (Boston University)
2011 “Queer Music History 101.” This is a special project of Queer Music Heritage, developed by JD Doyle, as a lesson plan for use by University courses in LGBT Studies.
It is a two-hour audio course spanning 1926 through 1985, explaining this music history, with sound clips, graphics of the artists, and links to study resources.
The lesson can be taken in several ways, including a flipbook format, and it completely free for use, both by classes and individuals. It is found at http://www.qmh101.com
2012 Started blog, logically called "Queer Music Heritage - The Blog," to compliment both the QMH and OutRadio shows, and reach a wider audience, found at http://queermusicheritage-theblog.blogspot.com/

Also set up Facebook fan page, at https://www.facebook.com/QMH101

Doyle in media[edit]

Year Content
2003 reviewed in “CyberSocket”
reviewed in “Gay & Lesbian Online,” a book published by The Advocate
2005 “OutSmart Magazine” Houston news about Doyle’s entering the GLBT/Queer Hall of Fame
2006 interview with Palm Springs newsmagazine "Pulp"
interview with eGay.com : “JD Doyle - Queer America's Own Music Historian”
2007 interview with Dixie Treichel, the host of Fresh Fruit located at Minneapolis, the longest running Queer radio show in the country
2008 interview with “SX,” Australian magazine
“Outsmart” article about JD Doyle's 100th show
quoted in Time Magazine [9]

one of his photos taken at the 1979 March on Washington appears on the cover of a book by Amin Ghaziani, called "The Dividends of Disent: How Conflict and Culture Work in Lesbian and Gay Marches on Washington."

2010 Outsmart article about QMH 10th anniversary and Doyle’s new show, OutRadio [6]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Year Award
2002 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Support
2004 GLBT/Queer Hall of Fame, organized by the Stonewall Society
2005 June 2004 QMH show "Queer Music before Stonewall" won a Special Merit Award in the category of Local Music/Entertainment Program at the National Federation of Community Broadcasting conference
2010 Lifetime Achievement in Music Award 2009 from Pride In The Arts, sponsored by the Stonewall Society
2012 Awarded the Allan Bérubé Prize, which recognizes outstanding work in public or community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history. Given by the Committee on LGBT History, San Francisco. More information can be found at http://clgbthistory.org/prizes/allan-berube-prize/
2014 Elected by the Houston community as the 2014 Male Grand Marshall.[10]


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