Metrosource Magazine is a groundbreaking LGBTQ publication based in both New York and Los Angeles that is happily celebrating its 30th Anniversary during pride month 2020. Recently sold to Bent Share Entertainment, LLC—the publishers of GED Magazine—Metrosource is now planning to step into audio and video media via their new podcast entitled “Metrosource Minis” which will be hosted by comedian Alexander Rodriguez. He recently discussed his career in an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): When did you first realize that you wanted to be involved with communications?
Alexander Rodriguez (AR): Ever since I was a kid, I would never shut up! All of my report cards have the teacher comments: Talks too much during class. LOL. That and the fact that I am probably one of the nosiest people around. You have some gossip or want to spill the tea? I’M HERE FOR YOU! I’m also obsessed with all-things-entertainment, from classic Hollywood to Bravo TV Housewives, I’m here for it. So being in entertainment/communications is just in my gay blood.
MM: How did you find your way to Metrosource Magazine?
AR: I have had a great relationship with Bent Share Entertainment, the new owner of Metrosource. We’ve done some great articles and some fabulous events together. I’m so glad that Metrosource is once again LGBT owned!
MM: Has it been tough to move from print reporting to podcast?
AR: I’ve actually been a podcaster for a number of years, nearing almost 250 episodes under my belt. The actual professional transition for me was print reporting. Putting all of this sass and personality in written form was certainly a unique challenge. My spell check is still learning my lingo.
MM: How do you think the podcast will expand your print reporting for the magazine?
AR: With everyone staying at home, podcast listening across the globe is way up. People are bored watching hour after hour of Netflix and are enjoying new ways of saturating content. Our podcast interviews are short form, meaning each one only lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. It’s a fun, short way to interact with the personalities from our issues and online articles. The podcast serves as a fun teaser to our full articles, so I’m hopeful audiences will want to refer to the magazine to read more. Plus, the magazine looks absolutely gorgeous!
MM: What kinds of stories do you most enjoy covering?
AR: Well, the mean girl side of me loves some good gossip. BUT I always make sure that my stories and podcast interviews are positive and never mean in nature. I do like to spill the tea a bit, though. But I guess my favorite stories are those that uncover a different side of a celeb’s life or personality. There is such much press out there, and interviews usually ask the same, tired questions. I love finding out things we never knew about someone. Again, because I’m so nosey. LOL
MM: Who has been your most memorable interview and why?
AR: For our new podcast, Metrosource Minis, I’d have to say Bob the Drag Queen, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and producer/co-star of HBO’s We’re Here, was a very memorable interview. I thought we were going to talk about Drag Race and his big closet. Instead, I had one of the most informative and enlightening conversations about the LGBT community and the BLM movement. Bob has been an activist before he was a drag queen, and he definitely had a lot of say from his personal experience. He got me SHOOK!
MM: Metrosource Magazine turns 30 this year! How do you think the magazine will evolve from here?
AR: Adding the podcast and other digital projects to the future plan is certainly exciting and shows how Metrosource has been a leading voice for the LGBTQ community and beyond for a number of years. Metrosource is covering all of its bases, from people that love the look of the magazine on their coffee table, to online article speedy readers, to YouTube watchers (you can also watch the podcast on their YouTube channel!), and now to the podcast circuit. Metrosource has a polished, light hearted voice that is easily relatable to any audience. I can’t wait to see what the next 30 years brings!
MM: What has been the best thing about working in media?
AR: The best thing has definitely been the invites to parties with open bars! Just kidding. The best thing has definitely been the opportunity to meet some of my favorite personalities from the entertainment world. I’ve been able to interview Academy Award winners from classic Hollywood to the Housewives from Bravo TV to some of the most talented performers from Broadway. I am so thankful for these opportunities. Most times, meeting these celebs is as magical as watching some of their best work AND, it’s usually over a cocktail!
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon and is there anything else that you would like to mention?
AR: Metrosource Minis has been such a fun project to work on during quarantine. I just love podcasting and, through this opportunity, I can focus on the LGBT community. My other baby is my original podcast, On the Rocks with Alexander, that I have been hosting and producing for over four years. I literally drink with a variety of celebrities and chat all-things entertainment. You never know who is going to show up and I’ll have a Golden Globe winner next to a drag queen next to an adult film star next to a Tony Award Winner. We definitely have interesting conversations and a lot of fun for sure. Now, if we could just get Jessica Lange, I could die in peace. Do you have her phone number? LOL!
Check out Metrosource Minis here: https://metrosource-minis-lgbtq-beyond.sounder.fm.