5 questions with Gus Klein
Garner Franklin “Gus” Klein Jr. is the entertainment correspondent for DVtv, Dallas Voice’s online video news program at www.DallasVoice.com. He also owns and operates Garner Franklin Klein Bath Body Home, a shop offering gift items in custom-designed fragrances.
How did you end up in Dallas?
I grew up in South Texas, but I went to college at the University of North Texas in Denton. I graduated in 1996, and I moved to North Dallas. Then I started making a lot of friends who lived in Oak Lawn. So I moved to the area myself for convenience.
What did you study at UNT?
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Radio Television Film, with a minor in Spanish grammar. That’s why I am a fragrance designer! Actually, I started blending fragrances as gifts, and people really liked them. So I started charging for my blends, then worked my way into some trade shows. The rest is history.
How long have you been with DVtv and how did you get involved?
I’ve been with DVtv pretty much since it first started. I am just celebrating my one-year anniversary with the show. Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution to do something to make use of my college degree, and this opportunity presented itself to me.
What does DVtv bring to the LGBT community in North Texas?
Our community loves to be entertained and informed. DVtv is a great venue to help our community see what’s going on around town and keep informed. It gives the community and the Voice staff a chance to interact in new and different, three-dimensional ways.
What makes your participation in DVtv satisfying to you?
As DVtv correspondents, I feel like we have been welcomed at just about every event or occasion we have covered, not just as a media platform, but as part of the group, part of the team. That is always nice. I think that DVtv is a way for videos from and about Oak Lawn to go into people’s homes where, with just one click, they can find out every Friday what they need to know and where they want to go and what they want to do that weekend.
Soundout is a weekly column featuring people whose jobs and interests have an impact on the daily lives of members of the GLBT community. It features those who often go unnoticed by the press and community. If you’d like to recommend someone to cover in this column, contact senior editor Tammye Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 2, 2007