Bernhard has been on board Radio Andy ever since Andy Cohen launched his SiriusXM channel a year ago. Her guests have included A-listers like Jane Fonda, Bette Midler and Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, whom she interviewed on New York City’s M Train.
In Sandyland, she tries to epitomize Michelle Obama’s oft-quoted maxim: “When they go low, we go high.”
“What I think is interesting for the listener is to have these great conversations with people who have been around, who know what they’re doing, are intellectual, smart, street-savvy, musical,” she says. “I weave it all in with great music … and funny conversations with phone calls, people that are starting to get on board Sandyland, and of course my monologues that I start each day with, which are quotidian in nature but things that people can relate to and that they have a certain absurdity and profundity that all kind of come together.”
Sandyland is an evolution of the material that made Bernhard famous in the 1980s: She took the mic and eviscerated pop culture. Her delivery was, and still is, intimate, almost like an off-hand, sassy, conversation between old friends.
“My style of performing has been influenced by all the things I grew up with, from Broadway to rock ‘n’ roll to great movies … Turner classics to the great movies of the ’60s and ’70s,” she says. “All the things that I was exposed to as a child, you know, cocktail parties and chatter that I would listen to as a kid.”