Listen Up

For years, I have wanted Wanda Sykes to be the voice on whatever app I’m using for driving directions. I might make wrong turns on purpose just to hear her go off. Actually, I would absolutely make wrong turns on purpose.

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I was reminded of that when I saw a mention on Axios about a fun new channel on SiriusXM. (If you don’t yet read Axios, you’ll want to get right on that.)

“The midst of a global pandemic might seem like an odd time to launch a radio channel devoted to female comedians, but executives at SiriusXM believe that it’s precisely the right time,” AP reports.

The channel is called “She’s So Funny,” and it’s up now (debuted today at 7 a.m. ET). It’s channel 105 if you already subscribe. (SiriusXM also announced that starting today, it is opening up streams of all of its programming for free online, through May 15, as a gesture to people at home because of the virus.)

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Much of the material comes from recorded routines by women like Moms Mabley, Joan Rivers, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro and Whoopi Goldberg. The channel will also showcase emerging talent like Rachel Feinstein and Jo Firestone.

There will be interviews or specially-made messages from Aidy Bryant, Amy Schumer, Pamela Adlon, the Original Queens of Comedy and others in the first week.

Another thing worth a listen: A Spotify playlist called Your Father’s iPod. It’s put together by WLUR (WLUR 91.5 FM Lexington, Washington and Lee University‘s radio station) and features artists ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Billie Eilish.

Enjoy!

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