WAMU 88.5 : About

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About WAMU 88.5, Mission and Vision

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU 88.5 has provided programming to an audience of listeners that now totals 793,000* listeners on-air and online.

The station's 24-hour format blends a unique mixture of news, public affairs talk programming, and traditional American music. Home to a team of award-winning local reporters and acclaimed talk radio hosts, such as Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU 88.5 offers comprehensive coverage of local, national and international events. During the week, WAMU 88.5 focuses on news and information with The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show and programming from NPR, PRI, APM, and the BBC. Weekends offer listeners a variety of news, entertainment and traditional American music with internationally recognized hosts Rob Bamberger and Murray Horwitz.

Deeply committed to the D.C. metro area, WAMU 88.5 produces regular and special programming that reflects the unique environment of the D.C. Metro area. The WAMU Community Council, a citizens' advisory panel, sponsors forums to find ways that radio can shed light on difficult problems and complicated issues.

Our Mission

WAMU will remain the standard for lifelong learning through civil discourse, in-depth news and compelling entertainment that foster an engaged and connected local, national and global community.

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