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OutCasting radio program gives voice to LGBTQ youth at MSU

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OutCasting radio program gives voice to LGBTQ youth at MSU


OutCasters at the main studio in Westchester County, New York. Courtesy of Marc Sophos.

OutCasters at the main studio in Westchester County, New York. Courtesy of Marc Sophos.

The voices of LGBTQ Spartans and straight allies can be heard on public radio stations across the country via Michigan State University’s bureau of OutCasting, a LGBTQ youth radio program created by MSU Telecommunications alumnus Marc Sophos.

In 2006, while working at WDFH, his radio station in Westchester County, New York, Sophos came up with the idea of starting OutCasting after a foundation approached him about funding a program for underrepresented constituencies.

“In public radio, there are youth programs and there is a LGBTQ program, but there is no LGBTQ youth program,” Sophos said.

The inspiration to create this kind of program was encouraged in part by Sophos’ own experience as a gay man. He wanted to offer a platform for younger people to embrace their voices and express themselves.

“I know what it was like to be closeted and not be able to express anything, not be able to talk about it,” said Sophos. “It’s a different time now than it was when I was growing up because of the Internet but still there’s a need for people to be able to speak out and to do journalism on these issues and in some cases talk about their own experiences.”

The young contributors – high school and college age – produce six to eight programs a year for public broadcast. In addition to that they also record shorter, more frequent segments online called OutCasting OffAir, which has recently covered topics like gender norms and what it means to come out today.

After organizing and leading the program at two locations in New York, Sophos got the idea to bring the program to his alma mater after a visit to campus with his husband, Doug, a couple of years ago. They were in the Student Union where Sophos remembered the LBGT Resource Center had once been located on the fourth floor. They discovered that the location had changed, but he continued his search and eventually met with the director of the Center, DeAnna Hurlbert, a big fan of public radio, according to Sophos.

“We sort of just started batting around the idea for opening an MSU bureau,” said Sophos. “From November of 2014 through last September, a lot of the groundwork was laid and we had an informational meeting in September, a year ago, and that’s when Kayl and four other people got involved.”

Kayl Black, a sophomore member of OutCasting, said that the group is in the process of reaching out to different LGBTQ organizations around campus and students to expand their reach and spread the word about what it means to be an “OutCaster.” 

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Spartan’s on Spotify: Spring Break Road Trippin’ Tunes

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Spartan’s on Spotify: Spring Break Road Trippin’ Tunes


Photo via Rene Kiss.

Photo via Rene Kiss.

Driving to your spring break destination and you’ve run out of songs to add to your road trip playlist? The Big Green compiled a list of road trippin’ songs just for you. We even added a few extra so you’ve got tunes for miles!

1. “Wake Me Up” – Avicii

For the people who plan on sleeping the whole way to the destination.

2. “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” – Fall Out Boy

Okay let’s be real: who doesn’t sing this song as loudly as possible?

3. “Dani California” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ low-tempo vibes are perfect for riding in the car, especially on a sunny day!

4. “Jumper” – Third Eye Blind

And I bet you still know all the lyrics to this one!

5. “Roses” – The Chainsmokers

Featuring Elizabeth Roze Mencel, this song is number nine on Billboard’s Hot 100 as of Feb. 28.

6. “My Own Worst Enemy” – Lit

Please tell my why…we’re not there yet?

7. “Fun, Fun Fun” – The Beach Boys

‘Til your daddy takes the T-bird away.

8. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye (Kygo Remix)

Kygo released this remix in 2014 and since then, it’s gained 24.1 million listens! It’s a great feel-good song for a road trip.

9. “Good Time” – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen

You don’t even have to try…

10. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Whether you’re driving home or not, it’s hard not to move your head to this one.

11. “A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton

Because at this point, you’ll feel like you’ve been driving that long.

12. “Life is a Highway” – Rascal Flatts

You were probably expecting this song would be on here. You were right.

13. “Young Blood” – The Naked and Famous

This song by the New Zealand indie-electronic band is a perfect song to get you through those last miles.

14. “What I Got” – Sublime

This list wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of Sublime.

15. “Under Pressure” – David Bowie and Queen

This is our last dance. You made it!

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