Last Friday night there was supposed to be a Trans-Fusion Radio show on the subject of the trans prefix and whether it was necessary to identify ourselves as such or just use ‘woman’ to ID ourselves.
For the record, I think we should unapologetically ID ourselves as trans women, but that’s another post.
When 7 PM CDT hit I was in my Dallas hotel room tuned in and eagerly expecting to hear the voices of my Dallas based sisters Mieko Love, Leshay Weeks and R. Pocahontas Duvall Crowe.
But what I and everyone who tuned into Power214.com that evening got was silence, and when I called the show’s number it just rang without being picked up.
When I called Mieko Saturday morning to find out what happened to that Friday’s show, I was angered to find out that since mine and Dee Dee Watters’ visit to the Power214.com studios back in April during the BTAC conference, they have not been treated with the respect they were due as one of the more popular shows on that Dallas based broadcast platform.
In fact Trans-Fusion Radio has become so popular beyond the Dallas- Ft. Worth area, the other Power 214 platform shows noticed and expressed their desires to do collaborative shows with the Trans-Fusion Radio team, according to Love.
But they were receiving no love from the station’s cisgender Black male owner, who was getting squeamish about the increasing popularity of the show and bristling from comments he was hearing from the Dallas Black community that Power214.com was ‘the t****y network’.
The owner revealed that alleged community critique in conversations with the Trans-Fusion team, then in the wake of the conversation started showing up late to produce Trans-Fusion Radio.
Even though it was his tardiness that would delay the start of their show, he wouldn’t make up for his late arrival by extending their paid for two hour time block into the next show .
When the Power214.com studios moved to a new building at the intersections of Alpha and Preston Roads in far north Dallas, the owner asked if they were coming along, but said it in such a way that gave the Trans-Fusion team the impression he wouldn’t be disappointed if they didn’t.
Power214.com also has a online magazine that does feature interviews with the podcasters to promote their shows. In the time that Trans-Fusion Radio has been part of that station, they have never had a feature article done on them.
So being fed up with the shady treatment they were getting for their t-bills, the Trans-Fusion team started looking for a new broadcast studio home just in case caca hit the fan and the Power214.com owner went full transphobe and cancelled the show.
The final straw was the Dallas Morning News article written by award winning journalist Lauren McGaughy to discuss the epidemic of anti-trans violence in Texas that seems to be centered on the DFW area. McGaughy interviewed the Trans Fusion team for the story and wanted to take some photos of the Trans Fusion team at work in the studio for Friday’s show.
Most rational business owners would jump at the chance to get free media publicity about their business. But the transphobic station owner started tripping, probably because of who was getting the publicity and why. and the Trans Fusion team had enough of his crap.
Trans-Fusion Radio is moving to a new home, and as soon as they have done so, they will let everyone who loves their show know what night and time it will be broadcasting from their new platform. I also hope that there is a way they can file a complaint against Power214.com under the Dallas non discrimination ordinance that covers anti-trans discrimination
And I hope that Trans-Fusion Radio is broadcasting sooner rather than later, because the DFW area, Texas and the world needs to hear their voices.