QTalk America’s (or QTalk Arizona before this changed to QTalk America) aim is to bring the best and brightest (and undiscovered) in podcasting and traditional talk radio for the LGBTQ community all over the world. The slogan of QTalk America is “Many voices, One network” something that has definitely stayed true from the beginning. Its founder and original host Joe Dugandzic, says “Today we’re the world’s #1 gay talk radio network, bringing the voices of our community to nearly any device on the globe with an internet connection”.
Joe has been listening to internet radio since the 1990’s but had no desire to start one until 2008 when he started doing this as a hobby. From doing this as a hobby many people told Joe that he had a “voice for radio”. He eventually started QTalk from a single podcast and has created several new shows and turned people into radio hosts.
QTalk has had a reasonable reception when it was established nearly 4 years ago. When QTalk Arizona rebranded itself to QTalk America, they started having a larger response and fan following. “Many people upon first finding about QTalk America say, Wow that’s awesome - I didn't know that you guys existed” says Joe.
The player used on the QTalk America website has definitely benefited the station. “The player has helped us evolve how we reach our listeners” Joe says. “We use the player for its Facebook integration so that our listeners can share what they are listening to at that very moment and that has been very popular with our listeners”.
Joe also adds that QTalk America has had a few bumps in the road when it has come to setting up the station but has also said that evolving technology has helped them where they are today since starting out in 2008. Joe also praises Wavestreaming for its tools and platform “Wavestreaming’s solutions have enabled us to be very efficient in managing the station and our content and allows us a lot of flexibility for the price”.
“The road to get to where we are today has been challenging, but we love where we have landed and the future is looking bright” - Joe
QTalk America’s website is an array of information, not just about the station but also where you can listen to old shows and even local information what is happening in the community. This is something that Joe thinks that a good website is key to a good station. “It’s absolutely important to have a great website to keep listeners updated with what’s going on on, even though some stations today would just have a presence on Facebook, it is important to have a great looking, informative and easy-to-use site that gets listeners the information they need as well as the shows they want to listen to”.