WAMU 88.5 : About

HD Radio

WAMU 88.5 provides two digital (HD) channels as an option for our listeners: our main channel at 88.5 HD-1 and Bluegrass Country at 88.5 HD-2. Visit HD Radio FAQ.

On WAMU's Bluegrass Country, you'll hear outstanding programs of bluegrass music maintaining the WAMU legacy of support for the greater DC bluegrass community. Live-hosted programs featuring Katy Daley, Lee Michael Demsey, and Gary Henderson are featured along with a superb collection of bluegrass programs from around the world. This station is also heard online at BluegrassCountry.org, which has served bluegrass listeners since 2001. WAMU's Bluegrass Country channel was one of the first in the nation to offer live programming exclusively for HD Radio.

Get an HD Radio to Hear WAMU's Bluegrass Country Channel

WAMU 88.5 recommends you visit this link to Amazon.com to select an HD radio that meets your needs. Amazon has a wide variety of tabletop, portable, and after-market car radios available in many price ranges. Your purchase of an HD radio from Amazon.com also benefits WAMU. If you purchase the radio from Amazon.com using this link a portion of the sale is returned to the station. The prices are the same using this link as if you logged on directly to the Amazon.com home page.

In the Washington, DC area some Best Buy stores offer a selection of HD radios, including personal portables such as the Insignia Portable HD Radio. Online vendors like Crutchfield also sell HD radios.

 

WAMU 88.5

A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

WAMU 88.5

The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

WAMU 88.5

Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. We get an update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

WAMU 88.5

Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.