Join Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit for an evening of queer history and culture.
Photo from Equal Time, 1988. Fresh Fruit celebrating 10 years. L-R: Steve LaVigne, Gary Peterson, Claude Peck. Courtesy of The Tretter Collection.
Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio (2013) produced by Dixie Treichel is a 30 minute audio documentary about the history of Fresh Fruit, the longest running queer radio show in the country. 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. The piece is an overview of Fresh Fruit from 1978-2013, including the planning process to go on air in 1977. Some archival audio is used courtesy of The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
The original Fresh Fruit Collective 1977-78: Ted Faigle, Mark Matthiessen (Maya), Richard MacDougall (Shannon), Kirk Hoffmeier (deceased). 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.
Treichel is currently doing research at The Tretter Collection with plans to make an independent longer piece, including interviews with hosts and listeners not in this version and to delve deeper into the archives for added audio in the longer documentary.
Fresh Fruit: 35 Years of Queer Radio was produced for the KFAI MN Legacy Project audio documentary program MinneCulture. 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 and Public Radio Exchange websites. Funding for MinneCulture comes from KFAI listeners, and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation.