Magazine Feature

Radio Activity: How Artists Are Leveraging Satellite, Streaming and Terrestrial Radio to Boost Their Careers

Patrick Crowley


With SiriusXM reporting $1.2B in revenue this past quarter (up 10 percent from 2015), Red Bull getting into the 24/7 streaming game and National Radio Day on Aug. 20, Billboard takes a look at the new voices and biggest names in radio now.

Garth Brooks

Show: TBD, on The Garth Channel
When: Channel launches Sept. 8
Tune In For: America’s best-selling artist talking through his four-decades-deep catalog (“To take you on a roller coaster ride,” in his words).

Pete Wentz

Show: Pete Wentz’s Hits & Misses
When: Saturdays at 1 a.m. ET on Sirius Hits 1
Tune In For: The Fall Out Boy bassist giving his take on the week’s hottest new music.

Steve Aoki

Show: Aoki’s House
When: Sundays at midnight ET on Electric Area
Tune In For: The DJ’s trademark EDM, timed for when the party’s in full swing.

Nancy Sinatra

Show: Nancy for Frank
When: Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on Siriusly Sinatra
Tune In For: Sinatra paying homage to her dad, sharing personal anecdotes and rare archival recordings.


Show: OVO Sound Radio
When: Every other Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on Beats 1
Tune In For: The 6 God and his signees sharing tomorrow’s inevitable hits -- and some cosigns of hip-hop’s underground.


Show: C.L.A.W. (Collaborative Legions of Artful Womxn)
When: Every third Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on RBMA Radio
Tune In For: Music made by women, from the soundboard to the mic -- Merrill Garbus digs through the crates to find an alternate history of how women have shaped the sounds we hear today.

Major Lazer

Show: Lazer Sound
When: Every other Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on Beats 1
Tune In For: The hitmaking trio diving into the sounds that inspire its chart-toppers (along with the occasional headline-grabbing premiere).


Show: Glydezone
When: Every third Friday at 4 p.m. ET on RBMA Radio
Tune In For: A trip inside L.A.’s funk and soul underground with the trendsetting maestro.

Mary J. Blige

Show: Real Talk
When: Every other Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Beats 1
Tune In For: The R&B legend getting deep in interviews with artists like LL Cool J, Gwen Stefani and Miguel.


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Show: Questlove Supreme
When: Weekly at 1 p.m. ET on Pandora, starting Sept. 7
Tune In For: The Roots drummer brings his encyclopedic knowledge of pop history to the airwaves, along with a host of celebrity guests. First up? Maya Rudolph.


Show: Haim Time
When: Every other Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Beats 1
Tune In For: A peek at the sisters’ playlist (from Bonnie Raitt to Beyoncé) and enviably hip guests.

Alice Cooper

Show: Nights With Alice Cooper
When: Weeknights at 7 p.m. PT (syndicated nationally)
Tune In For: “The Godfather of Shock Rock,” still shocking and rocking the airwaves at 68.

Steve Jones

Show: Jonesy’s Jukebox
When: Weekdays at noon PT on KLOS (95.5) Los Angeles
Tune In For: The Sex Pistols guitarist reliving his glory days with a boisterous mix of rock and conversation.

Kix Brooks

Show: American Country Countdown
When: Check local listings
Tune In For: The top songs in country radio, which the Brooks & Dunn alum has presented for the past 10 years.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 3 issue of Billboard.