SiriusXM announces its Doctor Radio channel 110 will be free to the general public to help guide and inform as the Covid-19 virus causes record hospitalizations and deaths throughout the country. The free access and new programming on Doctor Radio coincides with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expected approval of a Covid-19 vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SiriusXM in conjunction with NYU Langone Health, has dedicated the Doctor Radio channel to providing the public with the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak, while continuing to address everyday health concerns. Listeners can access the channel online via the browsers on their computers or phones, as well as their vehicles installed with the majority of SiriusXM radios, even if they’re not a paid subscriber to the service, a media release from Sirius XM Holdings Inc explains.

Special Programming

Special programming on Doctor Radio includes a live edition of “Doctor Radio Reports: The Covid19 Vaccine,” hosted by Dr. Marc Siegel and featuring Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, as well as Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA, Dr. Janet Woodcock. The special aired on December 11 at 2:00-4:00pm ET.

Additionally, on Friday, December 18 at 2:00-4:00pm ET, Dr. Marc Siegel will host a special on the non Covid-19 related medical advances of 2020. The department chairs at NYU Langone will focus on the positive medical headlines that we may have missed over the past year. Featured guests include Kenneth G. Langone, chair of the board of trustees at NYU Langone; Robert I. Grossman, MD, CEO of NYU Langone and dean of NYU Grossman School of Medicine; Joseph Zuckerman, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Robert Montgomery, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute; and Michael Recht, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiology.

These two specials are in addition to other new programming the channel has launched since coronavirus cases started to spike in America. In March, Doctor Radio premiered a biweekly two-hour show, “Doctor Radio Reports,” focused on all aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The program has featured leading experts in virology, epidemiology, vaccinology, and public health officials. Host of the show and Doctor Radio’s Medical Director, Dr. Marc Siegel, has interviewed the country’s leading figures battling the virus’ spread, including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci; Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Michael Adams, MD; CDC Director, Dr. Robert Redfield; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar; and others.

Doctor Radio has also focused on mental health during these times of uncertainty, and the surging rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief, fear and confusion over the pandemic. “The Psychiatry Show” hosted by Dr. Charles Marmar and Dr. Michael Aronoff, has addressed all of those topics, as well as helping those in need locate resources for support. A recent special included the “RADical Health” program, developed in partnership between New York University and the Radical Hope Foundation, which is designed to teach resilience and address the mental, physical and emotional building blocks to better navigate difficult times of transition. 

Exclusive Podcast and Advice

SiriusXM and NYU Langone have also recently announced a new exclusive podcast, “Vital Signs,” which features heartwarming, first-person stories from the patients and staff at NYU Langone, who are on the front lines at the medical center. The podcast is available on the SiriusXM app and on any podcast platform. 

In addition to Covid-19 coverage, listeners can tune to channel 110 to hear free advice and information from NYU Langone’s medical team about a range of health issues. The channel’s lineup is focused on reporting the most vitally important information to the public, from breaking medical stories, to the latest research, to rare diseases, to everyday health topics, the release continues.

Doctor Radio is available to listeners nationwide on SiriusXM radios (channel 110), on the SiriusXM app, and at home with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or however they stream in their house. Streaming access is included for most subscribers. Visit SiriusXM to learn more.

[Source(s): Sirius XM Holdings Inc, PR Newswire]