Bringing Girl Power to the Web
Denise Warner and Donna Woesnner are everywhere these days. When they are not on the radio hosting The Lesbian Lounge, these two fascinating women are attending numerous events, volunteering at local organizations and performing stand-up comedy.
Their weekly talk show on MyLesbianRadio.com airs live every Wednesday evening at 9pm. It is also re-broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 12pm and available for download on iTiunes every Monday, free of charge.
The show is a product of hard work and girl power. “Donna and I met at a local lesbian event called Sister Speak back in 2002 and clicked immediately. We’ve been friends ever since. Unlike most lesbian friendships, we’ve never slept together or dated one another’s exes,” stated Denise.
Denise started in radio back when Party 93.1 had an early morning gay show called Issues over the Rainbow. The show focused mostly on male issues, but contained a brief segment called Chick Chat. After the radio station’s format changed, Denise discovered internet radio and worked on a straight, male oriented, foul-mouthed show before teaming with Donna and creating The Lesbian Lounge.
Although their home base is South Florida, Denise & Donna have gained a sizable following throughout the state. Donna states, “We worked backwards when the show started taking off. We were doing events in Orlando, the Keys, Tampa/St. Pete for the first year or so.” The duo is now trying to focus locally.
The Lesbian Lounge has hosted a variety of guests from film producers Lisa Thrasher and Stacy Codikow of POWER UP Films, to comedians, like Suzanne Westenhoefer, Dana Goldberg, and Sandra Valls. “We have also welcomed Sophie B. Hawkins and Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls to the Lounge,” recalls Denise.
Despite a growing fan base, Donna tells SFGN that getting people interested in the show has been the greatest challenge. “Some people are hesitant about technology, but, in the age of podcasting, a lot of people are starting to take their info with them on the road.”
So, fortunately, if listeners can’t be online on Wednesday nights, they can download the show to their iPod and listen whenever they please.
This year has already proved to be pivotal for Denise and Donna, but the ladies have an active schedule ahead. Denise refers to her calendar. “We have been invited back to Spacecoast Pride in May for our 3rd year, and will we be in Orlando for Gay Days with Girls in Wonderland.” Furthermore, the girls are one of the hosts of WomenFest this September in Key West.
In addition to those events, “You’ll see more of us at local events right here in our own backyard.”
When they are off the air, Denise spends most of her free time writing comedy. She’s written the first lesbian comedy “audio” soap opera which premiered on The Lesbian Lounge. Denise also enjoys writing and performing stand-up comedy.
Donna is more about music. She loves discovering up-and-coming indie artists, and introducing them to her listening audience. In addition, Donna is a committee member for Lavender Events for Women and is a teacher for children with special needs.
Together, the ladies contribute a column to She Magazine.