Our programs cover a wide range of territory — traditional to contemporary to gospel and back again. You’re sure to find something that you like, so browse our list, learn a little bit more about the shows and the hosts that bring them to you.
A Prairie Home Companion features comedy sketches, music, and Garrison Keillor's signature monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon."
Al Steiner brings us three hours of great bluegrass, country and American roots music.
Produced in New Orleans, American Routes explores the shared stylistic and cultural threads of our nation’s music — and how they are distinguished, including blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.
Americana Breakdown offers music for people who like country music, and plenty for those who don’t. Join host Art Hanson every Friday night at 9 pm ET for three hours of the best new Americana music and some old favorites too.
Thursdays at noon veteran broadcaster Andy Ridenour presents three hours of bluegrass, country, and American roots music.
Dave Higgs brings listeners an emotionally-charged, heart-rending, paint-peeling, splinter-kicking one-hour bluegrass show, featuring scintillating conversation and live music with some of the best in bluegrass live from Nashville, Tenn.
Each week, host Phil Nusbaum presents current and historical bluegrass music, interviews, commentary, and the “Gems of Bluegrass” segment: dissecting a single musical concept.
Produced in the Bay Area of California, Peter Thompson brings you an hour-long themed show filled with classic as well as recent bluegrass releases, background information and lots of music from the “left coast.”
Lee Michael Demsey plays the top 30 songs as reported to Bluegrass Unlimited for the upcoming month,as part of Open Mic (Sat. 6 a.m., Fri. 7 p.m. ET)
The Brad Kolodner Show features a mix of contemporary and progressive bluegrass with the occasional dose of old time and American roots music.
An Americana program to highlight new acoustic American roots music hosted by Jen Hitt, with occasional live interviews and performances.
Chris Teskey joined the Bluegrass Country broadcast team in September 2011 with more than 30 years of experience hosting bluegrass programs in Connecticut. In addition to being the station's senior producer, Chris also hosts The Chris Teskey Show which features a variety of bluegrass music, from traditional to progressive, and live interviews and performances with some of the biggest names in bluegrass music.
Concentrating on music from the 1920s through 1950s, but reaching back to the 1890s and the beginnings of recorded sound, each of Dick’s programs brings listeners a surprising collection of recordings - from cylinders to 78’s and LP’s - highlighting the many facets of folk culture in the United States.
Each week we feature the best performances and interviews produced in the studios of WAMU's Bluegrass Country.
Bill Foster brings us three hours of great bluegrass music from the traditional to the modern — in the road, and on the edge. A familiar voice on WAMU 88.5 since the early 1980’s, Bill delves into his extensive collection of bluegrass music including LPs, tapes, and CDs each Monday.
The perfect cure for those mid-week doldrums! Join Echo as she spins 3 hours of contemporary and progressive bluegrass and Americana music, sure to get you tapping your foot and singing along. Grassify Your Life!
In 1967 Gary Henderson helped to start the tradition of bluegrass on WAMU 88.5 as the producer of the show ‘Bluegrass Unlimited’. He’s still at it today, with his live Saturday and Monday shows spinning contemporary hits and ‘mossy old favorites.’
Host Jay Bruder brings us music from the late 1940’s through to the early 1960s including everything from blues to bluegrass as well as r&b, vocal groups, country, rockabilly, gospel quartets and more; whatever it takes to trace songs, performers, and record companies backwards and forwards through this dynamic period in American musical history.
Katy Daley is in the studio live every weekday morning for three hours of bluegrass. With more than 25 years of radio experience behind her, Katy celebrates the music, interviews musicians, previews special programming, and presents features like “Music that Matters.”
Lee has hosted bluegrass programs on WAMU 88.5’s airwaves for over 30 years. He continues his tradition of spinning contemporary bluegrass for you, live in the studio, 3 hours each weekday.
Each year we broadcast live for a week from the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass Conference. Tune in to hear interviews and live performances with the biggest names in bluegrass.
Mountain Stage is a two-hour live performance radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting featuring some of the world’s greatest artists in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with a live-broadcast edge.
Every week, Mike Kear broadcasts three hours of jokes, music news, and bluegrass on Sydney’s Hawkesbury Radio and then packages it up and ships it to us.
Each Tuesday, mandolin player Lisa Kay Howard spins three hours of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, and gives listeners a peek into the local bluegrass scene.
Banjo player and old time enthusiast Rosemarie Nielsen highlights the genre that preceded bluegrass; old time. But this isn't just a historical show! Rosemarie will feature field recordings of old time jams and the oxymoronic new old time musicians.
Each week we "Open the Mic" for live concert audio. From crowd tapers to soundboard recording and even professionally produced shows, Open Mic looks beyond the recorded albums of bluegrass and Americana musicians and provides a sense of how they perform on stage.
Each weeknight we air encore presentations of some of your favorite live Bluegrass Country shows.
Join Ramona Martinez each Wednesday from noon until 3 for three hours of traditional bluegrass and country music. From honky tonk shuffles to appalachian fiddle tunes, you’ll hear handpicked selections from out of print LPs to classic chart toppers.
Hosted by Cliff Furnald, RootsWorld Radio takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard. Each week is a global tour, with no boundaries and no limits.
Since 1974, listeners have been waking up on Sunday morning to gospel bluegrass on WAMU. We continue that tradition with four hours of the gospel favorites, old hymns, and spiritual bluegrass songs.
Host Jessica Stiles presents three hours of the best of the more traditional side of bluegrass music. We will dig a little deeper into some of the albums topping the charts and throw a few old favorites into the mix.
Host Fiona Ritchie explores the evolving Celtic musical traditions of Europe and North America, from the ancient tradition of reels, jigs, and ballads to the pulse of new music: an exuberant blend of rhythms, voices and instruments.
Mary Cliff presents blues, ballads, ethnic, and traditional music, plus plenty of concert announcements on her live three hour show.
Each Saturday Texas Fred the Zydeco Cowboy presents two live hours of Cajun and Zydeco music.
Join Chris Teskey as he explores the music of the Celts, both traditional and contemporary. The Well below The Valley features music from Ireland, Scotland, Galicia, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, as well as music from the Celtic Diaspora in North America, England, and Australia.