Kidd O’Shea always thought he’d end up on the West Coast, but when the opportunity to go into TV full-time presented itself he made the leap from Milwaukee, where he lived and worked for 19 years in radio and TV — primarily the former as he hosted a morning radio show — to Washington.
“I couldn’t be happier than I am on the East Coast,” the 35-year-old Milwaukee native says.
O’Shea arrived in Washington in mid-August to start his new jobs as social media anchor for “Good Morning Washington” at WJLA-TV ABC 7 and as host of “Let’s Talk Live” News Channel 8.
O’Shea lives in Adams Morgan and enjoys a good libation in his free time.
“Is drinking cocktails a hobby,” he asks. He likes to spend Friday nights, “on the couch with a bottle of wine and [reality show] ‘Shark Tank.’”
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out when I was 18. The hardest people to tell were my parents. They were extremely accepting. Then in 2012, I came out publicly on the radio to my audience in Milwaukee. They too were extremely accepting and showed me how successful you can be when you’re being who you truly are.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
All the people who have fought and continue to fight for equality in our community. I’m forever grateful for your amazing contributions.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
I get up for work at 3:30 a.m., so “nightspot” is more like “happy hour” for me and I choose Annie’s.
Describe your dream wedding.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
I’ve spent last decade working with Feeding America and fully support their efforts to end hunger in our communities.
What historical outcome would you change?
Any event in our history that has led to the meaningless death of humans.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Oprah leaving the air. I still miss her.
On what do you insist?
Treat others how you want to be treated.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Facebook: Must See: Dog Driving Car.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Dreams Really Do Come True.” When I was growing up, all I wanted to do was be on radio and TV. Prior to coming to D.C., I hosted my own morning radio show in Milwaukee and today I get to play on TV every day. I can’t believe I get to do this for work.
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m proud to be a gay man.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
To continue teach LGBT youth the importance of safe sex.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That we all know how to decorate. You should see my apartment.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“A Single Man”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
The constant need to be connected.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Men of Radio Top 100 by Regis & Kelly
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That you’ll never wish you were 18 again, so have fun but don’t lose sleep over anything. Life truly does get better.
I love this town.