Hey there, Brad Kutner here
Hey there, Brad Kutner here.
First off, I’d like to thank you for visiting GayRVA.com. Its a fantastic resource here in the Central Virginia area and a great online space to get involved with the LGBT community locally.
As you may have heard, Kevin Clay, the long time editor and creator of GayRVA, has moved on to work with Equality Virginia – he’ll be doing God’s work, and for that we should all be thankful. I didn’t know Kevin personally until recently, but in the last week that I’ve been working here at GayRVA I’ve witnessed how he dedicated time, effort, and love into this great project. It is a shadow I humble walk in, but hope to some day exceed.
I was offered this job after a conversation with RVA Mag’s editor, Andrew Necci. We were discussing my video work when he mentioned the possible acquisition of GayRVA under the RVA Mag banner. He mentioned their search for an editor and I jumped at the chance to get involved. A few interviews later, and after a cocktail or two with Kevin, RVA Mag CEO Tony Harris offered me the position and I graciously accepted it.
My background is in radio and online journalism. I managed and maintained a group of great volunteers at WRIR 97.3 LP-FM, helping to restart their local news program with headlines and long-form content to air on the FM broadcast. Before long, Will Snyder, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, approached the WRIR folks about creating a solid news broadcast. This venture turned into the original broadcast of Open Source and the development of Richmond Public Radio. As I worked with WRIR, i finished my degree from VCU’s Journalism school, and got a second job as a producer at WLEE AM990. At one point, I was producing 3 shows, volunteering at WRIR, and freelancing nationally for Free Speech Radio News, a daily news broadcast off of Pacifica. I also managed a number of Facebook and twitter accounts for some of the shows mentioned above.
My goals with Gay RVA are rather broad at the moment. Kevin has created a fantastic resource for LGBT folks in the area, and now I’ve been handed the proverbial keys to the car. I hope to maintain the quality and community standards that Kevin held. I hope to be as inclusive as possible, giving a voice to any and all members of our community in the hopes of learning more about each other and ourselves.
I hope to drastically increase written and multi-media content posted to the site. I’ve already begun increasing the number of national stories featured on the site – I feel if one member of our world wide community is affected, it affects us all.
I hope you will bear with me as i find my place here at GayRVA. If you take issues with what we post, I want to know! If you have a story you think we should cover, let us know!
We cannot represent this community without the involvement of the community. I’ll do my part, and I hope you all will do yours.
Suffolk police say the positions are modeled after the LGBTQ liaison program introduced by the Norfolk Police Department in August 2015.January 20, 2017
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