How to Listen

How to Listen2018-10-29T21:50:08-04:00

It’s easy to listen to Bluegrass Country wherever you are.  In the Washington, DC area, you can find us on an HD FM radio at 88.5 HD2.   Anywhere in the world, you can listen to our webstream on your computer, tablet or phone using the player on this site, by using the Bluegrass Country apps for the iPhone or Android phone, on an internet radio, or with your Amazon speaker.  Here’s what you need to know.

Listen on an HD Radio

With an HD radio, listeners in the Washington, DC area will experience excellent reception and audio quality because of the HD technology and the signal’s power, which is the maximum permitted in the Washington area by the FCC. The 88.5 HD2 signal is reliable out to a radius of about 30 miles from the transmitter located in Northwest DC.  To learn more about HD radio, go to https://hdradio.com

In your car

Today many cars come equipped with HD radio.  If your car doesn’t have one, there are aftermarket radios available from most electronics dealers.  To find our if your radio is HD-capable, tune to 88.5 and look for the HD radio symbol, or HD1, which is WAMU-FM news and talk radio.  Tune forward one station and you should find us at HD2.

At home

HD radios are available as desktop, portable or component units.  There’s a searchable list of models from many manufacturers at https://hdradio.com/get-a-radio.  To obtain the best signal in your home, try locating the radio near a window and extending the antenna fully. Moving the radio a small distance and reorienting the antenna will produce a reliable signal. In some locations, you may want to use an outdoor or amplified antenna to improve the HD2 signal.

Listen to our Webstream

Bluegrass Country’s programs are available on a high-quality webstream, and can be heard on just about any device that’s capable of connecting to the internet.

On a computer or tablet

Click the LISTEN button on this website’s navigation menu to launch the high quality streaming Live Radio Player, which will appear in a separate window.  The player displays song information, plus some useful add-ons such as links to our Facebook page, YouTube videos or Twitter feeds. Click the menu icon at the bottom left for more options, including information on recently played songs, links to local traffic and weather, and a QR code you can scan to load the player to your mobile device.  NOTE:  The live radio player doesn’t close automatically when you close the web site or browser.

Bluegrass Country Radio player

Have a problem getting the audio stream?

Some users have reported problems getting the live radio stream from the link on the new website.  It’s possible that security settings cause a browser to reject the link.  In this case, try one of these links to access the player directly.  The audio streams for AAC and MP3 are identical

On a desktop:

https://streamdb3web.securenetsystems.net/v5/WAMU  should open the AAC player
https://streamdb3web.securenetsystems.net/v5/WAMU2  should open the MP3 player

On a phone or mobile device:

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/cwa/WAMU  should open the AAC player
http://radio.securenetsystems.net/cwa/WAMU2  should open the MP3 player

On a phone or mobile device

You can listen to the Bluegrass Country webstream using a free app for the iPhone or Andriod phone.  Look for the app at the App Store or Google Play.  If you prefer, you can use your device’s browser to access bluegrasscountry.org, or use the internet radio repeater app TuneIn.

“Alexa, Play Bluegrass Country on TuneIn”

TuneInIf you have an Amazon speaker, you can listen to Bluegrass Country by just saying the magic words: “Alexa, play Bluegrass Country on TuneIn.”

On an Internet radio

Internet radios are desktop or component devices that can play streaming audio from the web.  If you can’t find Bluegrass Country on your internet radio, you can directly enter the stream address:  http://ice24.securenetsystems.net/WAMU.  If you are unable to enter a stream address, contact the radio manufacturer to find out how to update the device, or contact us at support.bluegrasscountry.org and we will do our best to help you.

Broadcast Archives

Per statutory license, Bluegrass Country can offer past broadcasts from our archive under certain conditions, and with a number of restrictions imposed by copyright laws. For example,

  • the archived recording must be at least 5 hours long
  • pre-published playlists are not allowed
  • on-demand selection of specific copyrighted songs is not permitted

Click the button below to open the Archive Player, and enjoy listening to the last few weeks of Bluegrass Country Radio.

Archive Player

Have a problem or a question about listening to Bluegrass Country? Contact us at support@bluegrasscountry.org or 202-491-3347.