Nov. 21, 2013-Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio - an audio documentary


Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio (2013)

Produced by Dixie Treichel

Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio is a 30 minute audio documentary about the history of Fresh Fruit, the longest running queer radio show in the country. It was produced for the KFAI MN Legacy Project audio documentary program MinneCulture. Fresh Fruit first aired on KFAI on May 11, 1978 and has been live on air weekly with the same name and format for 35 years.  Some archival audio is used courtesy of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

Photo from Equal Time, 1988. Taken for Fresh Fruit celebrating 10 years. L-R: Steve LaVigne, Gary Peterson, Claude Peck. Courtesy of The Tretter Collection.

When: Scheduled to air on KFAI 2 times in November. 90.3 FM Minneapolis & 106.7 FM St. Paul & streaming

Wed Nov 20 on MinneCulture at 7:30pm CST 

Thur Nov 21 on Fresh Fruit between 7-8pm CST


Fresh Fruit host voices heard on Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio: (alphabetical order)

Roxanne Anderson, Leigh Combs, Debbie Davis, Ted Faigle, Peter Gokey, Kim Hines, John Killacky, Steve LaVigne, Richard MacDougall, Mark Matthiessen, Patricia Nelson, Claude Peck, Gary Peterson, Eleanor Savage, Marj Schneider, Norman Strizek, John Townsend, Dixie Treichel, Rob Yeager.

Fresh Fruit is not a radio magazine. It is a live community, culture and arts show that has held its grass roots approach for all these years. The piece is an overview of Fresh Fruit from 1978-2013, including the planning process prior to going on air in 1977. The original Fresh Fruit Collective 1977-78: Ted Faigle, Mark Matthiessen (Maya), Richard MacDougall (Shannon), Kirk Hoffmeier (deceased)

The piece includes interviews with hosts from the 35 years, some archival sound and narration. Treichel plans a longer version with more archival examples and more interviews for a future broadcast. She is currently doing research at The Tretter Collection and plans more interviews with hosts and listeners not included in this version and to delve deeper into the archives for added audio in the longer documentary.

After airing on KFAI, Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio will be posted permanently to and

MinneCulture programs are part of KFAI's Legacy Project, which highlights Minnesota arts, culture, music and history. KFAI is part of the AMPERS/IPR network (Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations/Independent Public Radio), and all Legacy Project programs are uploaded to the AMPERS website at and Public Radio Exchange at

Funding for MinneCulture comes from KFAI listeners, and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation.