Toledo’s App Station features LGBT channel ‘Rainbow’Written by Jay Hathaway | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local radio application Toledo’s App Station will soon feature several new shows geared toward Toledo’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community.
“Rainbow” is one of the new streaming channels available in the station’s lineup. Launching on the channel will be shows like “Gayline” and “The Phaylen Show.”
“Gayline” — subtitled “The News, but with Glitter” — will be promoted during Toledo Pride weekend and will premiere the following week. The show is hosted by Jaime Hesselbart and Preston Stevenson, who will highlight happenings within the LGBT community, news from around the world and general community information.
“The overall theme is essentially helping the community,” Hesselbart said. “We want to have shows that can appeal to all of the community, and even those [who] are simply allies. We have a little funny, a little serious, some interesting gossip and a help line, which is just the beginning.”
“I originally got involved with the show because I felt the Toledo LGBT community was lacking something, mainly awareness on LGBT issues,” Stevenson wrote in an email to Toledo Free Press Star. “The radio is a great platform to reach an integral culture in today’s society. I feel each of us [brings] a unique quality to the show such as humor, attentiveness and passion. These qualities are necessary for the station to thrive and to bring the LGBT community to the spotlight.”
The schedule for “Gayline” is yet to be determined, but should be announced soon.
“The Phaylen Show” is hosted by Phaylen Fairchild, a Northwest Ohio native and internationally known drag queen. Fairchild will discuss her life, experiences and interests, and will air new episodes on Fridays at 7 p.m.
“I’m an intensely creative queen,” Fairchild wrote in an email to Toledo Free Press Star. “When I was invited to be a part of Rainbow just a couple of months after returning from New York, I saw an amazing opportunity to contribute and collaborate with some amazing people in an equally amazing industry.”
The app station is a free download for smartphones and can also be streamed online at www.toledosappstation.com. The app was launched by local radio personality Andrew Zepeda, who used it to bring back his “Andrew Z in the Morning” show after it was dropped by Cumulus Media last December. The station currently features 12 channels.
“Andrew has always been a great friend and ally to the gay community,” Hesselbart said. “I think he truly believes in what this channel could do to help the community, and how it could help the App Station, and the flip side as well. Andrew Z’s name and his station could advance our channel to be bigger and better than we ever imagined.”
Hesselbart, who also serves as the program director for “Rainbow,” said plans are in the works for additional shows coming soon, such as “The Gays of Our Lives,” which will be modeled after ABC’s “The View,” and will feature discussions about current events and celebrity gossip.
“We are also going to be putting out a casting call for more radio personalities to add more shows to the channel, so this is taking off quickly,” Hesselbart said.
Hesselbart added that she hopes to make “Rainbow” the “go-to place” for everyone in the Toledo LGBT community.
“I wanted to help unite the community, let them have a voice,” she said. “I loved the idea of providing something positive and helpful, as well as entertaining. I believe all of the hosts and the shows will bring something magical to the channel, and to the App Station, and to be a part of something that amazing is an opportunity I could not resist.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with “Rainbow” can email the station at HitUsUp@toledosappstation.com or to Hesselbart at