Bryan Hlavinka is that upbeat tone you hear on Queer Voices. As you might guess, he brings an equally vibrant approach to radio.
What was the moment that made you want to get on the radio?
I was interviewed for a fundraising event in the community six years ago. After finishing the interview, I thought it was fairly easy and I really enjoyed it. I wanted to do more and they asked me to come on Queer Voices.
Who is your dream guest, living or not, and what would you ask her/him?
My dream guest would be Harvey Milk. If he were living, I would ask him if he thought our society would have achieved as much for LGBT rights as we have.
What listener remark or experience sticks with you?
Probably the most impactful listener remark was when Annise Parker first announced she was running for mayor on our show in 2009. From that moment I was dedicated to doing what it took to get her elected and I felt honored that she would announce on our show.
What interests do you have that might surprise people?
I am very interested in archaeology including Mayan and Aztec histories. Would love to travel to Belize or Guatemala and explore the ruins.
What’s the first record you bought with your own money?
“Chains of Love” cassette single by Erasure
What book first inspired you?
I read A Separate Peace by John Knowles in high school and it was the first book to inspire with me and stick with me.
If you were invited to speak at a college commencement, what three things — whether that’s advice, a reading or anything else — would you recommend to your audience?
- Travel as much as you can in your life. Go to as many places and see as many different perspectives on life as possible.
- Don’t stress about finding the perfect job after school. You will change employers and probably careers many times in your life.
- Pay for things with cash, avoid credit card debt. It is very exciting to graduate school and start spending money you don’t have. It is very easy to rack up years worth of debt very quickly. If you do charge, ALWAYS pay more than the minimum payment.
What song would you want played at your funeral, and why?
Amazing Grace. It gets me every time at funerals. Would love to have a small string section play it at my funeral.