WAMU 88.5 : Programs

Ways to listen to WAMU 88.5

There are many ways to listen to WAMU 88.5 and Bluegrass Country.

Online - Just Click "Listen Live"

Our high quality live audio streams are available by clicking the "Listen Live" button at the top of the site. Choose the channel you want, then just click "Listen Live." The audio player that launches will play without the need of an extra audio client such as Windows Media Player or Real Player. Our audio player is Flash-based, but for devices that don't support Flash, the audio player also renders an HTML5 player.

On the radio

Our flagship channel is available on 88.5 FM in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our Ocean City frequency is 88.3 FM and our Fredericksburg, Virginia frequency is 89.5 FM. Our locally available Bluegrass Country channel is 105.5 FM. If you have an HD Radio, you can also hear Bluegrass Country on 88.5-2.

Learn more about HD Radio.

Android and iPhone apps

Our live streams and podcasts are available on:


Internet Radios, corporate firewalls, and other listening situations

We realize many of you listen to us while you're at work and you may not have complete control over the software installed on your system. Or maybe you're listening to us with an internet radio. For you, we have the links to the old Windows Media and MP3 live streams:


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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 1, 2015

This week, you can hear music played in memory of victims of terror or attend a concert for charity.


Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Hot or cold, in a soda, hot toddy or beer — people are finding all sorts of ways to imbibe cascara. It's a caffeinated, tea-like drink with a fruity flavor made from dried coffee cherries.
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U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes On How Money Influences Politics, Locally And Nationally

One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Computer Guys and Gal sort out all the latest technology news from the last month.