First 24/7 radio channel in North America dedicated to showcasing Asian artists from around the world
Daily programming will include interviews, performances, and music from the biggest Asian stars and emerging artists across Asia
Full-time channel hosted by 88rising talent and founder
Pandora to launch complementary 88rising Radio station
SiriusXM and 88rising, the pioneering Asian-focused music and media company, announced the launch of 88rising Radio, the first all-Asian, multi-genre music radio channel available across the U.S. The channel will debut tomorrow, December 3 at 12 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s channel 305.
SiriusXM collaborated on the creation of the channel with 88rising, the Los Angeles-based artist collective and media platform, which represents the most cutting-edge artists from Asia, and bridges Eastern and Western youth culture. 88rising, founded by Sean Miyashiro, will develop, curate and present the 24/7 channel. Pandora will launch a complementary 88rising Radio station in January which will include select tracks and exclusive artist audio messages from the SiriusXM channel.
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88rising Radio will broadcast an array of music rarely heard on American radio, from the biggest pop songs topping the charts across Asia, to current emerging discoveries, and feature artists from South Korea, China, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and more. Artists such as BTS, Joji, BLACKPINK, TWICE, Rich Brian, Peggy Gou, Jackson Wang, beabadoobee, Iñigo Pascual, NIKI and many more will be included. When social distancing is no longer required, the channel will also provide a unique platform for touring artists to visit, conduct interviews and interact with listeners, and perform live-on-air at the SiriusXM studios in Los Angeles and New York.
“SiriusXM is known for compelling content and having a pulse on American pop culture,” said Miyashiro, CEO and founding member of 88rising. “Collaborating on this channel has been truly organic and in synergy with our goals on bringing 88’s foresight regarding Asian culture and its impact to American listeners through our new channel, 88rising Radio.”
“Sean Miyashiro and his team are creating one of the most remarkable creative hubs in music today,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. “88rising is a pioneering force bridging East and West, with unquestionable success and credibility in bolstering cutting-edge Asian music culture. It is exciting to have 88rising join the SiriusXM lineup, where its music, content, and curation of 88rising Radio channel will have it on par with any of our great music channels today.”
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The groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind commercial-free music channel will debut with an all-star 24-hour takeover by acclaimed and closely followed Asian and Asian-American artists. Beginning at 3 p.m. ET, on December 3, 88rising artists and Asian talent from around the world will take over the channel, guest DJing the songs that define them, alongside some of the hottest Asian music acts and their own live performances. Participating artists will include Yuna, Dumbfoundead, beabadoobee, Phum Viphurit, Japanese Breakfast, Keshi and more.
88rising Radio will launch with daily programming including, Dumb Early, hosted by rapper/actor Dumbfoundead, and SOSUPERSOUNDS, hosted by DJ/singer SOSUPERSAM. In 2021, listeners will also get the first global Asian countdown show, The Greatest 8, hosted by Miyashiro and Joy F*ck Club, a six-part comedy interview series hosted by comedian Joel Kim Booster.
Asian rap icon Dumbfoundead will wake America up to the latest in Asian pop culture and music news while serving up a menu of fresh hits on Dumb Early. DJ SOSUPERSAM will introduce listeners to the best Asian music on an eclectic afternoon road trip through new music discoveries and the latest hits on SOSUPERSOUNDS. On The Greatest 8, Miyashiro will count down the eight hottest new tracks of the week, while interviewing the superstars of Asian music in-studio. The Joy F*ck Club will give listeners a front row seat inside Booster’s imaginary comedy club, where emerging and established Asian comics debate and dispel Asian stereotypes, as well as share their own hilarious stories on their Asian-American experience.
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