Radio with a Twist

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Radio with a Twist is a defunct radio program, which claimed to be first and only nationally syndicated gay-friendly FM radio show.[citation needed] Debuting in January 2006, Twist was billed as a show specifically aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) audience and promised to be "radio with a twist." Airing on 16 Pop and Adult Contemporary radio stations nationwide, the hosts also made it a point to include the "straight" listener every week.


Twist had a novel hosting arrangement - four hosts in four cities. However, despite coming from four cities, the show was broadcast from Daly City, California. The show's production also takes place there.

Hosts were also located in:

  • New York - Ben Harvey. Harvey is best known for being the evening jock on 92.3 K-Rock WXRK in New York City. He has also worked for Y100 WPLY in Philadelphia and was a TV correspondent for Here! TV, the gay and lesbian cable network.
  • Atlanta - Melissa Carter. Carter is an "out" lesbian on Q100 WWWQ's morning show. She hails from Atlanta, adding an interesting sound to the show.
  • Los Angeles - Dennis Hensley. Dennis has written several books and writes for many magazines, including Entertainment Weekly and GQ. He's been described as a "Hollywood Insider" and was even featured as one of Kathy Griffin's "main gays" in season one of her Bravo series.

Show programming[edit]

  • Famous Friend - Celebrities, both gay and "gay-friendly," stop by the studios and chat with the hosts. So far Twist has had Famous Friends including Beyoncé, Anthony Kiedis, Hilary Duff, Peyton Manning, Sarah Jessica Parker, Harry Connick, Jr., Pink, John Waters, Janet Jackson, and Eric McCormack.
  • Twist LDDs - If Casey Kasem were gay, this is what Long Distance Dedications would sound like! It's a gay spin on a classic radio staple.
  • Big Gay 7 - Every week Ben, Melissa, and Dennis count down the "Big Gay 5," what the show calls the "biggest hits in 'Gayville, USA'" as decided by the Twist listeners.
  • You're Talking about it So We're Talking about it - Melissa runs down the headlines in gay & lesbian news, while Ben and Dennis pipe in with sometimes snarky and sometimes thoughtful comments.
  • Too Much Information - Dennis serves up the latest celebrity dish every week in his gossiplicious installment of TMI.


Radio with a Twist was canceled on Wednesday November 26, 2008. The reason cited was that local affiliates could no longer afford to air it weeknights from midnight to 2am. It was replaced on an interim basis by most stations extending their overnight DJ's shift by two hours. Beginning Tuesday February 17, 2009 The Billy Bush Show! replaced it.

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