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21:37 | 25th March 2017

News: UK

Fri 18 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Air travel is so important to everyone’s life and to have such a well known organisation as Manchester Airport onboard at such an early stage of Gaydio is really fantastic

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The UK’s first solely gay radio, Gaydio, is being launched today and Manchester airport has been revealed to be a foundation partner for the radio station and also in this year’s city pride event, which is a first for the North Western airport.

According to Pink Paper, Andrew Cornish, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “We have a history of engaging with diverse communities across the region and internationally so today’s announcement of our involvement with Pride and also with Gaydio has been a long time coming. Diversity is what makes this city a fantastic place and is what encourages visitors to the region.

“We are a key contributor to local employment and a major sponsor of the arts and we actively support economic and cultural diversity in Manchester and the North West.

Pride is such a well known event and attracts people from across the World so as the UK’s third largest airport we are very excited to be a part of this event, as well as engaging with LGBT listeners closer to home via this new, and set to become well known, radio station.”

The idea, which began back in 2006 by Ian Wallace and Toby Whitehouse, has already had a great response from the four pilot broadcasts it held during the city’s Pride festival. 




Whitehouse, who is the Station Director, reportedly said about the new partnership: “Air travel is so important to everyone’s life and to have such a well known organisation as Manchester Airport onboard at such an early stage of Gaydio is really fantastic. The travel requirements of LGB&T people can be quite specialist so we look forward to sharing our knowledge of this with the airport as one of our foundation partners.”

People from Canal Street to the outer suburbs will be able to tune in to 88.4FM today, where they plan to play music and air discussions relatable to the community. The 24-hour station is set to be the first of the nations kind to cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.




 

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