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Hibernia Beach LIVE

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Hibernia Beach LIVE
GenreTalk radio
Running time2-3 hours
Country of origin United States
Home stationKITS
Hosted byKen McPherson
Renée Rotten
Created byKen McPherson
Recording studioSan Francisco, California
Original releaseOctober 1989 –
Opening theme"Hibernia Beach", Pansy Division

Hibernia Beach LIVE was a gay-themed call-in talk radio show broadcast on San Francisco, California rock radio station KITS "Live 105" from October 1989[1] to 2000.[2][3] The program was named after "Hibernia Beach" in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood.

According to host Ken McPherson, "Hibernia Beach began because of a fight between GLAAD and the station..."[4]

While it ran, the program was billed as "the longest-running gay-hosted show on commercial radio",[5] and had an audience of over 40,000 listeners as of 1998.[4] It was broadcast weekly from 11:00 p.m. on Sundays until 2:00 a.m. on Monday mornings;[6] airtimes were later pushed back by an hour, to midnight Sunday nights.[1]

On-air hosts included Ken McPherson (jokingly referred to on air as "America's favorite homosexual"), Geraldine Barr, Renée Rotten, and Ben Carlson.[1] The show was initially formatted as a gay and lesbian public affairs program, but later changed to be inclusive of a broader audience;[7] topics included queer issues, politics, music, relationships, and sexuality.

In 1996, the rock band Pansy Division recorded "Hibernia Beach," a new 40-second opening theme song for the program.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Hibernia Beach ONLINE". Hibernia Beach LIVE. Archived from the original on 2000-03-04. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  2. ^ "LIVE105.com: Jocks". KITS Live 105. Archived from the original on 2000-03-03. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  3. ^ Sullivan, James (2000-05-14). "Live 105 -- Some 'Alternative'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  4. ^ a b Ken McPherson (1998-04-02). "GAY 105?!?". Newsgroupba.broadcast. Usenet: 3523f62e.234481@enews.newsguy.com. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  5. ^ "About the Show". Hibernia Beach LIVE. Archived from the original on 2000-03-04. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  6. ^ "The What? Page: Programs". KITS Live 105. Archived from the original on 1997-07-30. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  7. ^ Savage, Todd (1999-09-14). "Radio active - there are some 80 gay-oriented radio shows, such as LesBiGay, in the US". The Advocate. ISSN 0001-8996. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  8. ^ Pansy Division. "Pansy Division: Audio". PansyDivision.com. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  9. ^ Pansy Division. Hibernia Beach (MP3). Retrieved 2007-11-22.