David Fisher named TCC executive director

David Fisher

It’s been a busy week for the Turtle Creek Chorale. On Monday, they announced the departure of artistic director Jonathan Palant and a search for his successor. Now, they’ve filled their other key leadership position. Arnold Jones reported back in May that the TCC was conducting a search after executive director Stephen Tosha announced his departure.

The Chorale announced earlier today that David Fisher has been named the organization’s new executive director. Previously, Fisher worked both in theater and the local arts scene in general. He has most recently served as the assistant director for the Office of Cultural Affairs and the interim general manager for radio station WRR 101.1 FM. He begins his position at TCC on Aug. 15.

Read TCC’s official announcement here.


—  Rich Lopez

Chase Brooks’ LGBT radio show ‘Reckless After Dark’ goes on hiatus until August

Earlier this year, I profiled Chase Brooks and his radio show Reckless After Dark. The show aired online via FishBowlRadioNetwork.com. Of the huge lineup of shows, his was the only LGBT one on the roster — until recently.

Brooks sent out a press release on Sunday that he was no longer with the station as either an employee and radio show host. I posted the release after the jump but called Brooks to see what was up and what his future plans are. While doing the show, he also worked as the network’s publicity person.

He told me he was let go from the station and the show was canceled. An apparent complaint about his release on Facebook, he said, led to the show’s cancellation.

“It was all pretty sudden,” he said.

He shopped different avenues and decided on Soundcloud, which isn’t a radio station, but an audio platform where he can now upload shows.

“At first, we looked around for other networks, but none really stood out to me,” he said. “I found Soundcloud on Facebook and I had been thinking about starting my own station from home. We can do this pretty much anywhere. I think it could be more intimate. I feel this is gonna be a better opportunity. Plus, people can listen whenever they want.”

The plan is to restart in August with a goal of having a new episode up every Thursday to keep the same day he had during his tenure at Fishbowl. And likely, the core cast will stay in tact. He just revamped RAD‘s cast adding Ticked Off Trannies actor Krystal Summers and new A-lister James Doyle (who may or may not return due to filming). Original member Cat Michaels has stayed on board.

“I do feel optimistic about it. I think everything happens for a reason, even the whole Fishbowl incident,” he said. “We’re temp off the air but I just think that something better is out there. I guess Fishbowl wasn’t big enough to hold us.”

—  Rich Lopez

Reporter asks players if they’d go gay in exchange for Super Bowl ring at Media Day

In today’s Dallas Voice we have a Super Bowl-related story about homophobia in the NFL (image above). And while we didn’t make it to Super Bowl Media Day at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday, it sounds like a reporter from 105.3 The Fan had the gay angle covered. According to Time magazine, the unidentified reporter from the Dallas radio station was going around asking players if they’d go gay in exchange for a Super Bowl ring:

But in a new media day low, a reporter from Dallas-area sports radio station, 105.3 The FAN, asked one Packer if he would turn gay if that would guarantee a Super Bowl victory for the team.

To confirm I heard this line of questioning correctly, I watched this reporter interview a Steelers player during Pittsburgh’s media session. First inquiry: “Who has the biggest wiener on the team?” She asked the player who his favorite celebrity was. When he told her it was Denzel Washington, she asked if he would “hook up” with Denzel in exchange for a Super Bowl ring.

It continued. She asked if he would “French kiss” his father for a million dollars, and implored him to “describe a vagina.”

And here’s a gay reaction to Time‘s report from Cyd Ziegler Jr. at OutSports.com: “I’m not sure why asking someone if they would have gay sex for a Super Bowl ring is so “low.” Heck, I’d have sex with Denzel Washington in exchange for a Super Bowl ring any day!”

—  John Wright

Road trip! Head to Justin for Ranch Hand Rescue benefit concert

Giving a horse a hand

Honky Tonk for Horses is expected to be the largest fundraiser for the Argyle-based large animal sanctuary Ranch Hand Rescue which is founded by Bob Williams. His partner Marty Polasko owns the neighboring American Pet Spa & Resort. The event features a silent auction features DVD players, race packages including hotel stays and tickets, autographed sports and Hollywood memorabilia, Rangers tickets, restaurant gift certificates and more. A lineup of eight bands including Randy Brown, CC Cross and The Deaf Cats play the through the night. Andrew “AC” Carver of radio station The Ranch,95.9-FM MCs the event.

DEETS: The Mule Barn, 218 Hwy 156, Justin. 6 p.m. Free. RanchHandRescue.org.

—  Rich Lopez