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.
Al Steiner showcases a lively blend of music from the across the American roots traditions, alongside tunes from the innovators who are building on those musical forms to create new sounds.
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 Thursday night at 7 pm ET for three hours of the best new Americana music and some old favorites too.
Fred was part of the Bluegrass Country family from 2002-08 as host and producer of Banks of the Ohio: Music From the Homeplace of Bluegrass. We're proud to present rebroadcasts of Fred's shows Wednesday nights and Thursday nights.
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. 8 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.
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.
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.
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 7-10p, mandolin player Lisa Kay Howard spins three hours of contemporary and traditional bluegrass, and gives listeners a peek into the local bluegrass scene. The show is rebroadcast Saturday mornings 11a-2p.
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 soundboard recording and 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 Saturday from 2-4 p.m. for an eclectic mix of country music. From honky tonk shuffles to Appalachian fiddle tunes, Western swing to rockabilly, you’ll hear handpicked selections from out-of-print LPs to classic chart toppers.
Legendary broadcaster Ray Davis was the mainstay of bluegrass programming on WAMU's airwaves from 1985 until his retirement in 2013. We're proud to present rebroadcasts of Ray's shows Monday nights and Friday nights.
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 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.
Each Saturday Texas Fred the Zydeco Cowboy presents two live hours of Cajun and Zydeco music.
Archivist John Tanner presents gems from WAMU's past, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. weeknights. Revisit old friends and hear shows from Ray Davis, Fred Bartenstein and Dick Spottswood while learning musical history from these legendary broadcasters.