Last June, SiriusXM OutQ—SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s LGBT channel—bid farewell to the Derek and Romaine show after 12 years of news and banter. Well, that was just the tip of the gay iceberg. I hear that as of this Friday, the channel is deader than the animals worn by Sir Elton John. Tragically, they’re canceling the whole thing! Funnyman Frank DeCaro’s show is being forced to end after, yep, 12 years. (Fortunately for DeCaro, he has a burgeoning career as a writer and comic and has been opening for Lisa Lampanelli all over the place). Meanwhile, though Morning Jolt host Larry Flick is staying aboard, they axed his sidekick Keith Price and are moving Larry to their EW Radio channel. And even some non-OutQ gays are being shown the door. Lance Bass’s show on Radio Andy (Andy Cohen’s channel there) is bye-bye-bye, baby, ain’t no lie. This cost-cutting move is sadly turning “Out” into “out of a job”
UPDATE, here is the response I just got from the media rep at SiriusXM:
“We are constantly evaluating our programming to ensure the best listening experience for all our subscribers. And while a fulltime OutQ channel is coming down, LGBT issues and hosts are represented across multiple SiriusXM channels.
"On Background: This is not, repeat, not a cost saving measure. Yes, Larry is headed to Entertainment Weekly Radio and he will work on our Studio 54 channel too. Keep in mind, OutQ talent have sought wider vistas before: Michelangelo Signorile left OutQ 3 years ago for our SiriusXM Progress channel, where he today does ‘The Michelangelo Signorile Show’ daily, and he continues also as editor-at-large of Huffington Post Gay Voices. Lastly, discussion of LGBT news and issues are routinely found on multiple channels, including SiriusXM Progress, SiriusXM Insight, Radio Andy, and on our audio cast channels of MSNBC and CNN. Hosts talking about pop culture, celebrities, politics and LGBT issues for our LGBT audience can be found on multiple channels, including Radio Andy, EW Radio, Insight, Progress, TODAY Show Radio, SiriusXM Stars and others."