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Here’s Your Gay Desert Guide for the Weekend: Feb 9-11, 2024 🌴

February 9–11, 2024

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A funny thing happened on the way to The New York Times article profiling we three amigos of KGAY Palm Springs: I almost didn’t believe the inquiry by staff writer Erik Piepenburg was true!

In late November, we received an inquiry through the website from a Gmail account wanting to profile the station and the “vibe” of Palm Springs. I overlooked it, as we get many spambots looking to do “guest posts” on the site or artists wanting airplay.

But once I researched Erik, he really was a New York Times reporter! And I had to contain my excitement when I first met him during our broadcast from the Living Desert & Zoo just before Christmas. He then spent nearly two hours with John Taylor, Chris Shebel and myself on Dec. 22. Over the ensuing month, he fact-checked the article numerous times, and finally told me it would be published soon. (The Times separately sent LA-based photographer Michelle Groskopf for a those great pics that appear in the article.)

I am proud of the piece not only because it tells our KGAY/GayDesertGuide story, but also because it’s another feather in the proverbial cap of Greater Palm Springs. We all deserve the recognition for this being a world-class LGBTQ+ destination, albeit one with a very “gay” radio station.

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs host


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This Weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings
February 9–11, 2024

We’re keeping you updated on the weekend’s Top Events: Intersect Palm Springs Art and Design Fair, ‘The New Century’ West Coast premiere, 26th Annual Tour de Palm Springs, Divas in the Dust presents Ada Vox, ‘Witchland,’ Anthony Nunziata at The Purple Room, Palm Springs Air Museum Gala, ‘Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite,’ ‘Something Rotten!,’ Sand, Stars and Guitars with Peter Rowan, LA Galaxy Golf Tournament, “Find Your Love” Adoption Event at the PS Animal Shelter…and much more! 

Read Brad’s Blog to Learn More!

Intersect Palm Springs


The Intersect Art & Design Fair runs Thursday–Sunday, February 8–11, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with panel discussions, VIP guided tours, and a Sunday morning reception, Mimosas and Muffins, booth talks and more. Network with fellow art enthusiasts, and discover hidden gems throughout the fair, whether you’re a seasoned collector, a curious art lover, or simply seeking a dose of inspiration. Get tickets

The New Century

THE BENT Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of The New Century by Paul Rudnick, playing Thursdays through Sundays, now through February 18. Helene Nadler from Long Island, a Jewish mother who has weathered the uniquely varied coming outs of all three of her children; Ellen Diggs, a home-crafts fanatic who will tug on your heart when she talks about her late gay son, and Mr. Charles who was run out of Manhattan for being too stereotypically gay and his very, very sexy assistant, Shane (who we get to see a WHOLE LOT of) are the delightful characters mixed together for this hysterical night of theater. Get tickets

26th Annual Tour de Palm Springs

This year’s Tour de Palm Springs is taking place on Saturday, February 10 from 6 am–3 pm with start/finish on South Palm Canyon at Tahquitz. This is one of the largest cycling charity events of its kind in America, with 6,000 to 10,000 cyclists from 46 different states and 4 countries. Online registration is open right up to the day of the race, and even if you’re not a rider, there’s the opportunity to participate in a festive send-off and finish, and enjoy the vendor expo downtown both Saturday from 12–8 pm and Sunday from 6 am–5 pm. Keep an eye out for street and lane closures and view the routes [here]. More info

We have a featured Hot Deal for savings at Zin American Bistro, plus deals at Destination PSP, V Wine Lounge, Desert Zen Day Spa, Monster Shakes, Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta, Rick’s Desert Grill, Men’s Grooming Spot, and more!
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Featured Events
The KGAY 106.5 headquarters recently received a visit from none other than The New York Times for a profile piece titled “At This California Radio Station, the Call Letters Say It All,” by Erik Piepenburg. He spoke with owner Brad Fuhr, and on-air personalities John Taylor and Chris Shebel, who is also program director. We’ve posted the article on our site to share with you: Read it here
Welcome New Partner This Week
Lounge & Café is your ultimate hangout spot for friendly competition and fantastic food. Come any time to play every board and card game you could imagine. They open at 6:30 am for coffee and their famous homemade biscuits, then pizza and sandwiches for lunch, and a daily eat/drink/play happy hour with specialty cocktails from 3–6 pm. There’s a giant Scrabble board, pool table, and comfy couches. Come for events like trivia night, pajama movie night, open mic, cribbage, murder mystery, candle making, Drag Race viewing, plus a dog-friendly outdoor patio with more to do outside. Learn more
On the Air
KGAY 106.5 wants to send you to the biggest party in Palm Springs, the Red Dress/Dress Red Party on Saturday, March 16 at the Palm Springs Air Museum! This is an epic night of community, fun, and fantasy where we dance the night away at the Palm Springs Air Museum from 8 pm to midnight! Tickets are priced at $99+ and will GO ON SALE VALENTINE’S DAY at 9 am, but you can WIN tickets: Enter to WIN on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
You can WIN TICKETS to The Golden Gays Musical Game Show, “The Golden Games,” coming to Toucans Tiki Lounge on Saturday, February 17 at 7 pm! The hip old grannies take you on a musical journey through The Golden Girls’ favorite game shows, so put on your trivia caps because lucky audience members will become contestants, interacting directly with your bosom buddies. Learn more and Enter to WIN on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page
The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes.
Today, DJ Galaxy celebrates five years mixing on KGAY!  We’re celebrating with a little party on the patio at Sonny’s on Arenas.  Come by Friday 4-6 pm and raise a glass to the mixmaster of the Coachella Valley!
On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect party music!
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.