Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher

NEW YORK, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), SiriusXM, Pandora…

NEW YORK, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of May’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher will feature a range of programming across music, entertainment, politics and sports that celebrates the rich AAPI culture, traditions and history, while spotlighting leaders and change-makers within the community.

SiriusXM’s 88rising Radio (ch.305), the first all-Asian, multi-genre music radio channel available across the U.S. launched last year as a collaboration between SiriusXM and 88rising, the pioneering Asian-focused music and media company.  During AAPIHM, the channel will continue to elevate the conversation around the Asian-American experience, explore Asian culture and amplify Asian-American artists, celebrities and members of the community. New specialty programming for the month of May on 88rising Radio includes:

  • 88rising Speakers – Emmy award-winning journalist Dolly Li will host an ongoing series of conversations exploring the Asian-American experience, past and present, featuring AAPI leaders across industries – from politics, to female empowerment to small businesses. Bay area rapper and biotech scientist Ruby Ibarra will be featured next.
  • AAPI A-Z – Twice per hour, throughout the month of May, channel hosts will spotlight AAPI artists, sharing their stories and songs. Airs weekdays during Dumb Early from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET and SOSUPERSOUNDS 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Dedications – Throughout each day, Asian celebrities such as Ronny Chieng, Ali Wong, Daniel Dae Kim, mxmtoon, Beabadoobee, and Kang Daniel will dedicate songs to their loved ones. Airs daily 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. ET, and throughout the day on weekends.
  • Guest DJs on House of Jade & There There – Both global Asian mix shows invite DJs and producers from the Asian-American community to curate mixes that will be aired on their respective nights (Thursdays and Fridays) during AAPIHM. Guest DJs include Sohmi, Hotel Garuda, Gryffin, Patlok, Tysu, Charlee Nguyen, Luv.Ly, Eiiwun. House of Jade airs every Friday at 8 p.m. ET. There There airs on Thursdays 9 p.m. ET.
  • SOSUPERSOUNDS – Show host and DJ SOSUPERSAM will engage in a special conversation with Steve Aoki about the culture, influence and current issues facing the Asian-American community, which will air on May 25 at 5 p.m. ET. The conversation will also be rebroadcast on Steve Aoki’s newly launched SiriusXM channel, Steve Aoki’s Remix Radio and bpm.
  • The Joy F*ck Club w/ Joel Booster – On Thursday, May 6, the channel will air a new episode from the series where comedian Joel Kim Booster invites his comic friends on to discuss the hardships and hilarities of the Asian-American experience. This episode will feature Bowen Yang, best known for his roles on SNL and Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. This will air at 8 p.m. ET and be available on the SiriusXM app the following day.

For more information on 88rising Radio, please visit HERE.

Pandora will also launch a complimentary mixtape, 88rising Radio on Pandora. For the month of May, the mixtape will feature Asian American artists curated by the trailblazing Asian music label as well as exclusive artist audio messages from Hojean, spill tab, Stephanie Poetri, Jai Wolf and more. Following on from May, the mixtape will expand to showcase music from Asian artists from around the world. Listeners will be able to go behind the scenes of the best music from all across Asia, from K-Pop, Asian RnB, Hip Hop, and more.

On SiriusXM, Steve Aoki’s Remix Radio (ch. 735) will feature a vast array of genre-bending DJ mixes from well-respected, globally known electronic artists from the AAPI community including Steve Aoki, ZHU, Autograf, BEAUZ, DRUU, Elephante, Florian Picasso, Henry Fong, LICK, Qrion, Wax Motif, JVNA, with more guest artists announced soon. For more information on the channel and broadcast times each artist please visit HERE.

Disney Hits (ch. 302) will feature a special edition of The Extra Magic Hour on the week of May 17 to highlight AAPI month. The special themed hour airing daily at 12:00 p.m. ET and PT for the entire week, will feature songs from Moana, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch and more.

During the last weekend in May, Progress (ch. 127) will continue their “Pass the Mic” series. Inspired by the #sharethemicnow movement that took over Instagram last summer where prominent figures handed over their accounts to young and inspiring individuals, SiriusXM Progress will “pass the mic,” giving over an hour of programming to underrepresented AAPI voices.

Throughout the month, Raw Dog Comedy (ch. 99), Comedy Central Radio (ch.95) and Laugh USA (ch. 98) will feature comedy blocks with favorite AAPI comedians, including Ronny Chieng, Jo Koy, Aparna Nancherla, Russell Peters, and more.

Doctor Radio (ch.110) will also feature AAPI health coverage throughout the month with shows focused on dermatology, nutrition, health, and more. As anti-Asian attacks across the country continue, the need for mental health resources is greater than ever and SiriusXM and NYU Langone Health remain dedicated in the fight against anti-Asian racism. A new show, “Health Equity Now” is focused on addressing the health needs of minority populations and will air an AAPI special on Monday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Several of SiriusXM’s sports talk channels will air feature segments and vignette spotlights throughout the month highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of the AAPI community to the world of sports.

Stitcher’s Earwolf comedy network welcomes comedian Jenny Yang (May 11) and Top Chef‘s Katsuji Tanabe (May 25) on their beloved show Spanish Aqui Presents.

Listeners can explore podcast content on the SiriusXMPandora and Stitcher apps that highlights leaders in the AAPI community and elevates the national conversation around recent issues and beyond.

Subscribers can listen to SiriusXM channels on SiriusXM radios, online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM app, and with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or however they stream at home. Go to www.siriusxm.com/ways-to-listen to learn more.

About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in North America, and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora’s properties reach more than 150 million listeners, the largest addressable audience in the U.S., across all categories of digital audio – music, sports, talk, and podcasts. SiriusXM’s acquisitions of Stitcher and Simplecast, alongside industry-leading ad tech company AdsWizz, make it a leader in podcast hosting, production, distribution, analytics and monetization. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.

About Pandora

Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S.  Pandora provides consumers a uniquely-personalized music and podcast listening experience with its proprietary Music Genome Project® and Podcast Genome Project® technology.  Pandora is also the leading digital audio advertising platform in the U.S. Through its own Pandora service, its AdsWizz platform, and third party services, such as SoundCloud, the Company connects brands to the largest ad-supported streaming audio marketplace in the country. Pandora is available through its mobile app, on the web at www.pandora.com, and integrations with more than 2,000 connected products.

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Angela Burke

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Carolina Dubon

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