Talk radio spotlight on National Coming Out Day plans


KNOXVILLE – Radio station WVLZ in Knoxville treated listeners to our own Gary Elgin and Nikki Jones in a two-hour program highlighting the upcoming National Coming Out Day (NCOD) celebration.

“Come Out Knoxvile!” is a weeklong celebration will focus on the NCOD project launched in 1987 by the Human Rights Campaign that encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allied (GLBT) people to come out of the closet. The annual October 11th observance is an ongoing effort to empower GLBT people nationwide.

“Talk About It” is this year’s theme, and that’s exactly what Elgin and Jones did on Marty Jones’ program on WVLZ 1180 AM as they answered the questions called in by listeners. Jones’ program, “The Beat,” proved to be a good forum for discussion not only the NCOD events, but also a lively venue for discussing other topics of interest to the GLBT community.

“All in all the calls were exremely respectful and calm. We were able to get issues ranging from employment anti-discrimination laws (re: HRC Fortune 500 list) to not using city tax dollars for public special interest events,” says Elgin. “We addressed many issues during the often lively, sometimes dicey exchange. There was much laughter and friendly give and take between us and the callers.”

Some readers may know Marty Taylor as the Chair of the Roane County Democratic Party.

WVLZ 1180 AM and WKCE together form Southern Roots Radio. Lloyd Daugherty has leased the two stations from Kirland Wireless, according to reports in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Daugherty, local chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union, owns the company. Southern Roots Radio controls all WVLZ programming.