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:


Trouble Listening?

Drop us a note detailing the technical problem and we'll try to sort it out.

From 'Unproud' To 'Hombre,' Election 2016 Is Testing Our Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster noticed the number of unique words coming out of this campaign, and has been using Twitter to report the most searchable words. Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski talks to Rachel Martin.

A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

Republican And Trump Critic Ana Navarro Speaks On Election

Ana Navarro has become a standard bearer for Republican women repudiating Donald Trump. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the GOP strategist about her view of the election, which is only 16 days away.

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.