Brad Fuhr Caricature

Just one year ago the ink was drying on our final contracts and the FCC transfer of license for KGAY 106.5 and I took over ownership.

And 11 years ago was my official start date in the desert as a full time resident, having moved from Los Angeles.  The idea for Gay Desert Guide was already hatched and I began the process of creating and populating the website over the months leading up to Labor Day, 2013.  That’s the official launch date of GayDesertGuide.LGBT. We started our 10th year in 2022 and will celebrate that milestone this Labor Day.

KGAY has become a top radio station in Palm Springs. We now have the best talent on our airwaves: #1 radio personality John Taylor, # 1 voted DJ Galaxy, DJ Eric Ornelas, the most recognizable name on air, Ross Mathews, program director and afternoon host Chris Shebel, and the newest member of our lineup DJ ModGirl.

As I posted on social media yesterday, it couldn’t happen without an outstanding supporting cast. We have nearly 25 people who help keep the train on the tracks and running on time.  Looking back on a rough and tumble 2022, we made it to 2023! I’m grateful for my team, and for you, our readers and listeners. Thanks also to our advertisers and partners who support us for the benefit of all!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs,

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Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open Friday, January 6 and runs through Monday, January 16, with the glamorous (and sold out) Film Awards Gala kicking things off on Thursday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Opening Night film is 80 for Brady directed by Kyle Marvin, screening on Friday, January 6. The film stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field. Festival film screenings will take place at various venues, including the Annenberg Theater, Regal Cinemas, Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Palm Springs High School, and Mary Pickford Theatre. The festival will close on Sunday, January 15 with The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Sally Hawkins; with the Best of Fest screening on Monday, January 16. Check out our listing for links to purchase passes, view the full schedule of films, and a film finder: Get tickets


Rock the Park with Kings of Queen

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s free outdoor concert series of tribute bands at the Palm Springs Downtown Park, “Rock the Park,” presents Kings of Queen, featuring the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, on Wednesday, January 4 at 7 pm. Note: This concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 25. Rock the Park will continue on the first Wednesday each month, through May 3. Future dates will pay tribute to Prince, Bee Gees, and more. The concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. More info


Live Stand-Up Comedy Class with Mina Hartong

Professional emcee and comedienne Mina Hartong (Curve Magazine America’s Funniest Lesbians) will guide you through a six part Live Stand-Up Comedy workshop series, culminating in a LIVE Final Show! The class begins on Friday, January 6, and continues for 5 additional weeks at the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, Fridays from 2:30–4:30 pm. Open to all ages and absolutely no experience necessary. Have fun collecting stories and sharing them at the final show on the last week. More info


Outbook Club: The Velvet Rage

The OutBook Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 4 from 6:30–8:30 pm in the Community Room at Mizell Center, with the first half hour being a social mixer. The selection for this meeting is The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World (2nd Edition) by Alan Downs. Outbook is supported by The Palm Springs Cultural Center and the Palm Springs Public Library. Selections are chosen by group members and highlight a mix of new LGBTQ+ releases and influential classics. More info


90’s Hip Hop & Early Frank Gehry

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents 90’s Hip Hop & Early Frank Gehry on Thursday, January 5 from 5:30–7:30 pm in the main museum with speakers Danny Hastings & Paul Andersen. “Mixed Feelings” is a back-to-back lecture experience on unrelated topics (that are somehow connected). Two speakers talk about their respective areas of expertise and you get to make the connections during the Q&A. Get tickets


Desert Blues Revival: Steven Taylor Blues Band

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs presents the Desert Blues Revival every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Cascade Lounge. On Wednesday, January 4, the Steven Taylor Blues Band takes the stage. Each week, come enjoy great bands playing authentic Blues, Soul, R&B, and Rock from all over the globe right here in your backyard. Get tickets


Jazzville: Pino Noir Quartet

Jazzville invites you to experience the hottest acts in jazz and step back in time to when all the cool cats came to play and put Palm Springs on the map! On Thursday, January 5 from 7–8:30 pm, Phenomenal gypsy-swing guitarist Luca Pino returns to Jazzville with his wildly talented quartet. The artistry and precision of Luca’s playing is mesmerizing, joyful, and heartfelt. If you love that Django sound then pick your seats and come swing with the Pino Noir Quartet. Get tickets


Palm Springs International Film Fest 2023 Tickets + Giveaway

General Public ticket sales for the Palm Springs International Film Festival are open now [More info]. Passes are also available, and KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN a 4-pack of passes! This is one of the largest film festivals in North America featuring twelve extraordinary days of screenings and special events with celebrity appearances and post screening discussions. Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page


Win White Party SURGE Tickets

KGAY 106.5 has your chance to WIN your way into WHITE PARTY GLOBAL’s “SURGE” on Saturday, January 21 at the Midway in San Francisco, with superstar DJs GSP and Rick Braile. Get ready to hit the road or hop on a plane to the Bay Area! Enter to win on the KGAY 106.5 Contest Page



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THIS WEEKEND

One Vision of Queen Starring Marc Martel

The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage presents One Vision of Queen Starring Marc Martel on Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm. Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May handpicked singer Marc Martel to take on the lead vocals for their Queen tribute tour known as the Queen Extravaganza. Marc not only sounds precisely like Freddie Mercury, but he also embodies the heart and soul Freddie poured into every song that he performed. Hear dozens of songs that Queen made famous, performed live, including “Radio Gaga,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and more. Get tickets


Coachella Valley Firebirds Pride Weekend

The Coachella Valley Firebirds take to the ice in the brand-new Acrisure Arena for two Pride Weekend games this weekend. On Saturday, January 7 at 6 pm, they play the San Jose Barracuda and on Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm, they face off with the Ontario Reign. Pride Weekend giveaways include a pride flag on Friday and a pride sticker at Saturday’s game. You can also bid to win special Pride-themed Firebirds jerseys. Get tickets


January at The McCallum

Peter Cincotti

The McCallum Theatre presents Peter Cincotti on Friday, January 6 at 8 pm, and Brian Stokes Mitchell on Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm. Also coming in January: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. / The Earth-Shattering Aretha Franklin Experience (1/12), Neil Sedaka (1/13), Jeffrey Siegel (1/16), Lucy Loves Desi (1/17), Monterey Jazz Festival Tour (1/19), The Simon and Garfunkel Story (1/20 & 21), Capitol Comedy (1/22), The Highwaymen (1/23), Music of The Carpenters (1/26), Paul Anka (1/27 & 28) and more! Get tickets


KGAY Sunday Tea Dance

We’re kicking off 2023 with a new show on KGAY 106.5: The KGAY Sunday Tea Dance with DJ Modgirl airs every Sunday from 4–6 pm (right after the Retro Brunch). DJ Modgirl (AKA Kellee McQuinn) is not only the life of the party, she’s also a cover girl on magazines and billboards, a television entertainer, and an award winning producer, director, lyricist and performer. Her moniker is “Music! Dancing! Fashion! Fun!” and she throws down the most irresistible, uplifting beats each week on the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm. Listen online


On the Air at KGAY 106.5

Ross Mathews is back and gayer than ever! His popular weekly radio show on KGAY 106.5 airs on Saturdays from 11:00 am–2 pm. That’s 50% more Ross because now it’s a three-hour show! Ross is a part-time Palm Springs resident and currently working on The Drew Barrymore Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and many other projects. He will bring celebrity gossip and news, plus a rundown of what’s happening each weekend in #ILoveGayPalmSprings as he plays some of his favorite dance hits each weekend on KGAY. Listen Online

The KGAY 106.5 Retro Lunch airs Monday through Friday at noon, with DJ Galaxy (Vincent Corrales) and DJ Eric Ornelas playing an hour of their high-energy throwback mixes. On Sundays, we put all five hours together for the Retro Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm. Perfect party music! Listen Online

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Rick Seidner’s Cuban and American style of preparing food has been a favorite place with the locals for many years at both Rick’s Restaurant and Rick’s Desert Grill. If you like a simple family-run restaurant that takes only the best ingredients and makes scrumptious home-cooked meals, Rick’s is for you! With this HOT DEAL, SAVE 40% and get a $25 gift card good at either Rick’s Restaurant or Rick’s Desert Grill for just $15.00! Get Your Deal

We also have Hot Deals at Trevor Wayne Pop Art, Eight4Nine, V Wine Lounge, Il Giardino, Grand Central, Boozehounds, Destination PSP, Kitchen 86, AMP Sports Lounge, Revel Public House, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria, Monster Shakes, Desert Mischief, Jolene’s and more! See All Deals

Find out what’s happening on any given day by browsing our Gay Desert Guide Online Event Listing Calendar, and for the big picture, take a look at major upcoming events in our 2022 Coachella Valley Calendar of Events.

Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” Ross Mathews is on Saturdays from 11 am–2 pm, John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 am and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 am–4 pm, followed by DJ Modgirl spinning the KGAY Sunday Tea Dance from 4–6 pm.

Don’t miss “This Way Out,Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on KGAY 106.5. “This Way Out” is the only internationally distributed weekly LGBTQ radio program, currently airing on some 200 local community radio stations around the world. Listen to the latest episode as a podcast on our streaming page (click “Podcasts” in the upper right hand corner)