Hibernia Beach LIVE

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Hibernia Beach LIVE
Genre Talk radio
Running time 2-3 hours
Country  United States
Language(s) English
Home station KITS
Hosted by Ken McPherson
Renée Rotten
Created by Ken McPherson
Recording studio San Francisco, California
Air dates October 1989 to 2000
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. 

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