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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.

Online vendors like Crutchfield also sell HD radios.

 

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Verizon is expected to announce a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.