Free to air television just got a lot more interesting thanks to the launch of DV8, a slick new lifestyle program made for the GLBT community. Presented by Sahra Kearney and Johnnie Cass, the weekly series features an eclectic mix of segments and a host of roving guest reporters.

DV8 producer Craig Payne has a reputation for putting together incredibly successful community events such as the recent Ice parties which have fast become a Midnight Shift favourite. But he credits the slick production of DV8 to a hardworking team of volunteers and the sponsorship support of Gaydar.com.

Everyone is putting in a lot of their time and energy in kind, said Payne.

Gaydar are our major sponsors but compared to the amount of money television should cost, our budget is about a twentieth of what it should be. It pays for things like the dubbing and transferring it on to DVD.

The first episode aired last night at 11:30pm, with Sahra and Johnnie presenting an amusing hour that included a mad music video starring Pam Ann, an interview with Paul Mac and a flesh-fest Team Sydney Diving feature.

Program One might be a bit shaky to start off but it will find its legs. It’s going for 13 weeks, so it will continue to grow.

DV8 will air every Wednes-day on Channel 31 at 11:30pm. Payne said that his goal is to make the program completely accessible to the GLBT community. Anyone interested in hosting or producing a segment should contact him by phoning 9380 4715 or emailing craig@ freefm.org.au.

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