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Asian music radio channel shuts down

88rising Radio, an all-Asian music radio channel, announced its closure today after two and a half years of operation.

American music company and Asian rap collective 88rising launched the channel in partnership with U.S. broadcasting platform SiriusXM in December of 2020. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 88rising Radio was named the first of its kind in the U.S., according to Bandwagon

“This is a great indicator of where Asian music has come today,” founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro said to Billboard. “Just playing Asian music 24 hours a day is a huge win and a massive step forward.”

The channel featured Asian tracks and podcasts from South Korea, China, Indonesia, and more. They also hosted and interviewed Asian artists such as Japanese Breakfast, Keshi and BTS. 

Earlier today, 88rising Radio posted an announcement of their closure on their social media. No specified reason was given for their sudden closure. 

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