SiriusXM honours the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17 in the U.S.), SiriusXM is honouring the life and legacy of King with specials across music, talk, and sports. King’s work and words remain as relevant as ever today as we continue the cause against racial discrimination that he furthered through activism and civil disobedience.

See how SiriusXM channels are paying homage to Dr. King below (all times in ET).


SiriusXM host Nik Carter assembled a special playlist in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day titled Soul of the Struggle: Music Inspired by the Civil Rights Era. The playlist includes civil rights anthems like “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Fight the Power” by the Isley Brothers and many more. Stream the playlist anytime on the SiriusXM App, or hear it on VOLUME (Ch. 106) on Monday, January 17th at 10 am and 9 pm.

SiriusXM NBA Radio

Jason Jackson will host NBA Radio’s ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special and be joined by three legends and members of the NBA 75 team: Oscar Robertson, Lenny Wilkens and Dave Bing. Jackson will talk to the legends about Martin Luther King’s life, legacy, and impact still being felt by professional athletes today. They’ll also look back at a charity exhibition basketball game in Dr. King’s honour that Robertson organized and all three Hall of Famers played in, just months after the civil rights icon was assassinated in 1968. Hear the special on SiriusXM NBA Radio (Ch. 86) on Sunday, January 16th at 12 pm, 5 pm, and 11 pm, and Monday, January 17th at 12 pm and 6 pm.

Doctor Radio

On January 17th from 8 am to 8 pm, hear a Health Equity Marathon on Doctor Radio (Ch. 110). The marathon will feature a selection of highlights from Doctor Radio’s Health Equity Now programming hosted by Dr. Joseph Ravenell of NYU Langone Health.

POTUS Politics

On January 17th at 6 am during a special episode of Julie Mason Mornings on POTUS Politics (Ch. 124), Mason speaks with Carole Simpson, legendary ABC News reporter, on her interview with Dr. King that made her career. Other guests include Sylvester Turner, 62nd Mayor of Houston; Brandon Scott, Mayor of Baltimore; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Brandon Scott, African American GOP strategist on voting rights and policing; and Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic.

From 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, hear a three-hour special hosted by Nina Turner, American educator and former Ohio state senator, as she examines the influences that shaped Rev. King’s activism as a global champion of human rights. The show will include author and filmmaker Priyanka Kumar on how Mahatma Gandhi inspired King to pursue the path of nonviolence in his civil rights leadership; Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, discussing King’s relationship with his parents and how they helped to formulate Rev. King’s calling; and King biographer Richard Lischer, who examines the formative years that Rev. King spent at the Crozer Theological Seminary, where he became the class president of the majority white student body.

In addition, listeners can hear rare audio recordings made by celebrated author Robert Penn Warren with dozens of influential Civil Rights leaders in 1964, capturing the thoughts of King’s contemporaries like Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

MLB Network Radio

Tune in to MLB Network Radio (Ch. 89) on January 17th to hear three episodes of Black Diamonds, an exclusive podcast series presented by SiriusXM and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum that showcases the history of the Negro Leagues, highlighting the players, people, and events that shaped them, as well as spotlighting the leagues’ achievements and innovations during a time of segregation and inequality. Listen to episodes of Black Diamonds anytime on the SiriusXM app. Additionally, there will be a new episode of MLB Tonight: A Conversation. 

6 am – Jackie Robinson episode
5 pm – MLB Tonight: A Conversation
10 pm – Larry Doby episode
11 pm – Black Aces episode