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Jimmy Carper and Judy Reeves Collection of Houston LGBTQ Radio Programs

Identifier: 2023-001

The Jimmy Carper and Judy Reeves Collection of LGBTQ Radio Programs contains recordings of radio programs that were broadcast on KPFT and collected by Jimmy Carper and entrusted to Judy Reeves.

Digitization and access for these items was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

The collection is organized into five series: After Hours, Wilde 'N' Stein, Lesbian & Gay Voices, The Prison Program, and Various radio spots and live event coverage. There are 875 episodes of After Hours, 7 episodes of Wilde 'N' Stein, 4 episodes of Lesbian & Gay Voices, 8 episodes of The Prison Program, and 41 radio spots and live event coverage. Copyrighted content was redacted from recordings for online publication available on the University of Houston Libraries Audio/Video Repository, full versions of every recording are available in the Special Collections Reading Room or by contacting UH Libraries Special Collections curator Joyce Gabiola for more information.


  • 1980-2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Special Collections owns the digital items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


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Historical Information

The radio program After Hours debuted on Houston's Pacifica radio station, KPFT, on September 6, 1987. The program, which aired in the early morning hours of Sunday was described as a “queer variety show” featuring “music, news, chat, risqué antics, gossip, and above all, activism.” First produced and hosted by Buddy Johnston, Jimmy Carper soon joined the broadcast along with a huge variety of guest co-hosts, including Judy Reeves, Roy McCarthy, Francisco Sanchez, Sarah DePalma, Vanessa Edwards Foster, Monica Roberts, Stephen Jerome, Ray Hill, and many more. Johnston eventually left the show in December 1991, with Carper remaining the show's executive producer through the 2000s. In the early 2000s, Chris Harrison joined After Hours as a co-executive producer and host. A defining feature of After Hours was its commitment to representing LGBTQI+ voices from a spectrum of communities, including Hispanic, African American, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Leather, and Youth communities. The show regularly featured themed segments such as Black on Black, Hispanic Hour, HATCH Youth, Bi Night, and Trans Night, showcasing the diversity and richness of queer experiences. For many years, Queer Music Heritage hosted by JD Doyle was featured every fifth Saturday.

After Hours served as a platform for community engagement and awareness, with segments like Houston's Q Patrol providing vital information to the Montrose community regarding safety concerns.

The recordings in this collection include episodes of After Hours from 1987 - 2006, as well as other related materials from KPFT, such as live recordings made at Houston Pride and the Texas Gay Rodeo, and more. The recordings were made by Jimmy Carper (January 13, 1948 - January 27, 2014) and entrusted to Judy Reeves, a contributor to After Hours and close friend of Carper. Through a post-custodial agreement with Reeves, the recordings have been digitized, and the digital files are maintained by University of Houston Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The Jimmy Carper and Judy Reeves Collection of LGBTQ Radio Programs was submitted for digitization and digital deposit to the University of Houston by Judy Reeves in 2020.

Related Materials

JD Doyle Collection of LGBTQ Radio Programs (

JD Doyle Queer Music Heritage Archive (



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Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA