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.

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Android and iPhone apps

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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:


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WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Scotch Whiskey Gets A Run For Its Money From Global Distillers

A Canadian company recently was named whiskey of the year — knocking Scotch brands from the top-five category. In the U.S., there's been a massive increase in single malts in particular.

Frustrated With GOP Candidates, Muslims Recall More Welcoming Days

Many Muslim-Americans say the current political climate is worse than the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Many Muslims who once voted Republican, say don't feel like they have a home in that party.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?