WAMU 88.5 : About

Filed Under:

WAMU's Bluegrass Country 105.5 FM moves signal to Bethesda

New location boosts reception to potential audience of 2 million listeners

Washington – WAMU's Bluegrass Country today announced it has moved its antenna to Bethesda, Md. 

The antenna's placement – higher in the air than at its previous location – allows for improved reception for those in the region listening to Bluegrass Country at 105.5 FM. The new, more centralized location also gives the station the potential to reach more than two million people via traditional analog radio in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 

Previously, the terrestrial signal originated near Reston, Va. The FCC granted the station's license to operate from the new location on September 15. 

"This new development will allow Bluegrass Country to better serve our faithful, local listeners who already know and love this special American music, and to reach millions of others, perhaps for the very first time," said WAMU's Bluegrass Country General Manager Caryn G. Mathes. 

The 105.5 FM signal in northern Montgomery County and northern parts of Fairfax County, near the old tower location, is weaker. The WAMU engineering team is working to restore a strong signal for listeners in these areas. WAMU's HD-2 digital station has excellent coverage in these areas. 

Listeners are encouraged to email bgcmembership@wamu.org to let the station know where Bluegrass Country can be heard on 105.5 FM. 

WAMU's Bluegrass Country is a member-supported public radio station dedicated to honoring the past and supporting the future of bluegrass. The station is on air at 105.5 FM in Bethesda, Md., on HD Radio at 88.5-2, online at bluegrasscountry.org and available to iPhone and iPod touch users through the iTunes Store. 

 

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

7 Things To Know About Presidential Appointments To The Supreme Court

Republicans are adamant they will stop anyone President Obama names to replace for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. It's possible Obama's nominee would face the longest wait in history for a vote.
NPR

West Point Students' Plan To Counter ISIS Online Strategy

The State Department sponsored a contest to find the best ways to combat ISIS propaganda online. A group of cadets from West Point got second prize. Rachel Martin speaks with team member CJ Drew.