This Women’s History Month, SiriusXM is shining a spotlight on the women who bring their unique perspectives, talents and personalities to our airwaves. From talk and sports to entertainment and music channels, celebrate the strong, trailblazing women making their voices heard, playing your favorite songs and beyond. Read more about them below and tune in to hear what they have to say on air!
Host: Happy Hour with Heather B. on SiriusXM FLY
Co-host: Sway in the Morning on Shade 45 and Heather B. Live on SiriusXM Urban View
As one of the original “seven strangers,” Heather B. learned firsthand about getting real during the first-ever season of MTV’s The Real World. This casting made Heather B. the first Black woman to appear on a reality TV show as MTV kicked off some of the groundbreaking reality shows it’s known for today. Heather B.’s perspective as a trailblazing, Black pop culture figure is evident across SiriusXM FLY (Ch. 47), Shade 45 (Ch. 45), and SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126) channels, where she shares meaningful commentary and spins hip-hop classics.
“There’s no way I could’ve imagined, as a female hip-hop artist who was just looking for a microphone at the time, that being on the very first season of MTV’s The Real World would not only bless me with a megaphone, but change the way the world would forever view television.” —Heather B.
Host: ’80s on 8
As one of MTV’s first-ever VJs (and the first female MTV VJ), Nina Blackwood spent five years introducing some of the most impactful music videos in pop culture history. But despite MTV’s channel-defining debut of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Blackwood has been keeping the spirit of radio alive with her daily show and the Big 40 Countdown on ’80s on 8 (Ch. 8), as well as the all-new I Want My ’80s podcast on the SiriusXM app.
“Just as that rocket blasting off the launch pad signified, I personally would never be able to look at my life the same way again and would forever be linked with the extraordinary age of video music. One small step for a woman … one rockin’ leap for womankind!” —Blackwood
Host: Debbie Gibson’s Mixtape Show on The Blend
To this day, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress Debbie Gibson remains the youngest female artist to have written, produced, and performed a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single with her 1987 song “Foolish Beat,” released when she was 17 years old. These days, Gibson takes over The Blend (Ch. 16) with a mix of music tailored to a specific theme for an hour every other week.
“It was clear when I started in the recording industry there was, at that time, a prejudice against young artists and females, especially when it came to the writing and the producing side. I knew that I had a clear artistic vision and the musical knowledge to articulate it, so going No. 1 two years in a row with songs I wrote and produced definitely broke some ground for the future of female writer-producers. It felt like a victory that was bigger than myself!” —Gibson
Dr. Nieca Goldberg
Host: Beyond the Heart on Doctor Radio
Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Nieca Goldberg, MD, has endeavored to advance women’s healthcare, particularly in promoting the understanding of women’s coronary and cardiovascular issues. This led to the creation of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Health in 2011, which Dr. Goldberg founded (and also formerly served as medical director) to ensure women’s well-being is prioritized. Goldberg is also the Senior Advisor to Women’s Health Strategy at NYU Langone Health, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, Medical Director of NYU Women’s Heart Program, and Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardio Rehab Program.
Goldberg brings this passion to her Doctor Radio (Ch. 110) show, Beyond the Heart, on which she answers cardiology questions on everything from stroke risks to heart-attack symptoms through a female lens.
“A winning formula for success is to be honest with yourself and with those you interact with. Open your heart to different ideas and new experiences. If something doesn’t work out, move on and another door will open. Success is a marathon, not a sprint.” —Goldberg
Host: Classic Vinyl, Deep Tracks, The Beatles Channel and The Loft
After witnessing the birth of punk circa 1973 in legendary rooms like Max’s Kansas City and CBGB, Meg Griffin helped usher in a new wave as a club DJ and on her radio shows with original mixes of artists like Patti Smith, The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. Before her time on Classic Vinyl (Ch. 26), Deep Tracks (Ch. 27), The Beatles Channel (Ch. 18), and The Loft (Ch. 710), Griffin first worked with SiriusXM’s Howard Stern on WRNW in ’75. She has also been recognized as one of rock’s groundbreaking DJs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio exhibit.
“The greatest impact for me was how passionately this music of truth, poetry, activism, and rock ‘n’ roll was received by the audience I played it to. All of the energy that I put out via two turntables and a microphone came back to me like a boomerang of love.” —Griffin
Host: The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View
In 1988, Karen Hunter joined the New York Daily News as its first Black female news columnist. Since then, Hunter has won a Pulitzer Prize, taught journalism at New York University, launched her own book-publishing imprint, co-authored five New York Times bestsellers, and now hosts The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View (Ch. 126), where she leads discourse on the issues facing Black Americans today.
Host: TODAY Show Radio
Though Hoda Kotb boasts a storied background in broadcast journalism, one particularly groundbreaking moment occurred in 2018 when she and Savannah Guthrie became the first pair of women to anchor NBC’s TODAY Show. In the years prior, Kotb served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in 1998, released a bestselling autobiography, won multiple awards for broadcasting and reporting, and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Hear Hoda’s inspirational, infectious personality on TODAY Show Radio (Ch. 108).
Analyst: SiriusXM NBA Radio
Sarah Kustok broke ground as the first female full-time solo analyst for an NBA team’s broadcast after being promoted by the YES Network for her Brooklyn Nets sideline coverage in 2017. When she’s not busy contributing to Nets Magazine, Kustok hosts No Look Pass on SiriusXM NBA Radio (Ch. 86) and offers her expertise to several other shows and specials on the channel.
Claire B. Lang
Host: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Award-winning journalist and broadcast anchor Claire B. Lang has hosted Dialed In on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Ch. 90) since 2001, back when NASCAR first launched on satellite radio. Lang is an omnipresent fixture in the NASCAR garage every weekend, providing her listeners the most up-to-date news and interviews with the sport’s biggest personalities.
“From the first day I got into broadcasting over four decades ago — when I felt very alone as a female in sports talk radio — to today with so many talented women now on-air and an innovative platform like SiriusXM that gives us an incredible broadcast canvas to paint on, we’ve come a long way. Setting an example for the young women coming along next means so much. And seeking to be grouped not just among women only, but among the whole group of the best of broadcast journalists in excellence is important and is a personal mission.” —Lang
Host: Deep Tracks and Classic Rewind
Carol Miller was a pioneering woman in radio during the progressive rock era. Currently in her 50th year on commercial radio, she was featured as one of rock’s groundbreaking DJs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio exhibit. Now, Miller — who authored Up All Night: My Life and Times in Rock Radio in 2012 — lends her expertise to Deep Tracks (Ch. 27) weekend mornings at 9am ET and Classic Rewind (Ch. 25) where she queues up deep cuts and some of her favorite cassette-era rock.
“Fifty years ago, I was hired as a token woman DJ, and the boss wanted me to be called ‘Cinderella.’ I wanted to be accepted as myself, your friend on the radio, playing the rock music we all loved, and I’m grateful to have been able to do just that over the decades.” —Miller
Host: SiriusXM NBA Radio
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude attended the famed Arch Bishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY, where she won two state championships. She then moved on to Stanford and played in three Final Fours and two National Championship Games. Since graduating from Palo Alto, she has been a sideline reporter for the Golden State Warriors and spent time at TNT and ESPN. She can be heard on a variety of SiriusXM NBA Radio (Ch. 86) programs.
Host: Have a Nice Day on Rock The Bells Radio
Shante holds the unique honor of being the first female rapper to have a hit single with “Roxanne’s Revenge,” which she recorded at only 13 years old. In the years since the hard-hitting, seven-minute freestyle was released in 1984, Shante has mentored young women in hip-hop, made appearances on Ego Trip’s Miss Rap Supreme, was the subject of the biopic Roxanne Roxanne, and more. She currently plays music, interviews hip-hop hitmakers, and shares exclusive stories during Have a Nice Day on LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio (Ch. 43).
“My first record was a freestyle, and I feel like it allowed other female artists to come in with a sense of freedom. I consider hip-hop more than a genre, but my culture as a woman. It has given me strength, a platform, and a purpose. Hip-hop has given me a place in history. If I had to sum it up, hip-hop saved my life.” —Shante
Host: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Angie Skinner has done everything from negotiate contracts for NASCAR Radio broadcasts to writing NASCAR-themed books and managing successful charity events, all while playing a vital role in managing her husband’s racing career. Skinner has more than 15 years of experience in reporting and media relations and also co-hosts Skinner Round-Up throughout the year with her husband Mike.
“Being a woman in motorsports has been an honor. I’ve been very fortunate to surround myself with very compassionate, tenacious and professional peers in racing that elevate one another to be their best; support one another to grow. Always let people and those in your industry know where you stand, and always be willing to learn. Hustle! Never give up. Never quit, be humble and listen!” —Skinner
Host: Bevelations on Radio Andy
After leaving behind a career as a fashion-advertising director, Bevy Smith has gone on to become a Gracie Award-winning radio-show host, motivational speaker, TV personality, brand ambassador, pop culture aficionado, and published author of her memoir Bevelations: Lessons From a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie. In her daily Radio Andy (Ch. 102) show, Bevelations, she imparts her wisdom straight, no chaser — while sharing stories about entertainment, dating and sex, women’s issues, and much more.
Host: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Danielle Trotta has covered NASCAR, NFL, NBA, collegiate athletics, Supercross and MotoGP for some of the biggest broadcasting companies in sports. Her work has taken her from the studio to the sidelines, and now she can be heard daily on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio co-hosting SiriusXM’s On-Track.
“I’ve been covering NASCAR for 15 years now and have always felt welcomed by a sport that’s comprised of mostly male drivers and team members. I think that’s a testament to everyone in our industry for fostering an inclusive environment, but it also takes hard work, perseverance and passion, which I believe is felt by the competitors and SiriusXM listeners alike. That was a personal goal accomplished through hard work and building relationships over time. Females have a place in competition and as media members. It’s a true honor to cover NASCAR and connect with NASCAR fans every weekday entering my fourth season on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.”
Host: Randi Zuckerberg Means Business on Business Radio
Businesswoman Randi Zuckerberg has years of experience under her belt as the former spokesperson and director of market development for Facebook, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor in chief of Dot Complicated, and author of five books, including two children’s books. Zuckerberg also works to inspire future generations of female leaders with her animated series, Dot., centering on a young girl using technology to enhance her experiences and education. During her Business Radio (Ch. 132) series, Randi Zuckerberg Means Business, she discusses the latest trends and topics in business while drawing on her experience as both an entrepreneur and mother.
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