InsideOUT has become a familiar sound on campus as one of the longest-running radio shows in MU history, and it is back again this year.
The show, a talk show hosted by the LGBTQ Resource Center, is on KCOU 88.1 FM every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
InsideOUT began as an LGBT-focused discussion group in 2005. However, a declining attendance in the group called for something different.
“We thought, ‘How can we make the information reach more students in an easier, more accessible way?’” said Struby Struble, LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator and InsideOUT DJ.
The group was redeveloped into a radio talk show in the spring of 2012, and the format of the show shifted from a lecture and information-focused discussion to a more personal, storytelling approach.
“Listeners want personal stories,” Struble said.
This allows students to empathize and connect with others in a very public or private manner, whichever they prefer.
“InsideOUT brought a lot of outreach with the LGBT community on this campus and has been an easy and accessible resource for most,” senior and InsideOUT DJ Shane Stinson said.
The show allows listeners to be as involved as they want. Some listen in quiet corners, while others tweet and call in, giving their feedback and suggesting material for the DJs to discuss on the show.
The show isn’t just for the benefit of the listeners, either.
“It's very cool to be able to have my stories be expanded into a teaching method,” InsideOUT intern and DJ Joel Dalton said. “Hearing that sharing a personal aspect of your life has helped someone come into their own is extremely touching. Knowing that people use these as resources for advance their identity and educate themselves is humbling and empowering. InsideOUT has helped me be a better version of myself.”
With fresh material weekly, it seems as if the DJs never run out of issues to discuss.
“Topics keep coming up, guests keep wanting to come on the show and we have really good conversations,” Stinson said.
The show isn’t completely planned in a syllabus-like fashion every semester, either. The DJs said they purposely leave some shows unplanned so they can discuss whatever hot topic the LGBT community, the MU community or the country as a whole is experiencing.
The show isn’t just for the benefit of the LGBT community, either.
Although the information on the show does have an LGBT focus, Struble and Stinson said they have also worked to make it relatable for people who do not consider themselves part of the LGBT community, as well.
“It shows that while we have all these other identities, we also have identities as regular college students,” Struble said.
InsideOUT is far from finished. The group said they plan to stay the course with fresh material every week this year, just as they have the past two years.
One of their next moves is making the show more accessible to people who are hard of hearing or deaf.
Listeners can also continue to expect keynote speakers and large names in the LGBT community on the show, the DJs said. Already planned are shows on immigration, cultural appropriation and body positivity.