At 6:30 on a Sunday evening in July, 1967, listeners to the American University’s public radio station WAMU-FM heard something new: bluegrass music.
It was a show called “Bluegrass Unlimited,” hosted by musicologist and bluegrass fan Dick Spottswood and engineered by Gary Henderson. That half-hour show was the beginning of what, in just a few years, became recognized worldwide as the premier radio outlet for bluegrass and old time music.
Read more about the history of bluegrass on WAMU and Bluegrass Country.
Now 55 years later, Bluegrass Country continues that unbroken tradition, broadcasting bluegrass, old time and other American roots music 24 hours a day, over the air in Washington, DC and over the internet worldwide.
Today we’re supported by an independent nonprofit organization, the Bluegrass Country Foundation, and depend on the generosity of our listeners and others who love the music as much as we do. That’s why we take some time every few months to ask for your continued support.
Bluegrass Country doesn’t get government or institutional funding. We’re almost solely dependent on support from listener contributions – folks like you who love the music and want to keep it on the air. If your’e a current donor, thank you! Help spread the word. And If you haven’t made a donation to Bluegrass Country, now’s a great time. You can make a one-time contribution, or help us even more by becoming a sustaining monthly donor. The process is quick, easy and secure. Jut hit the DONATE button and you’ll be taken to our donation page on Network for Good, a global service for nonprofits.
We have some special thank-you gifts during our spring fundraiser. Read more about them here.
But it’s your gifts that make a difference. Please join us to keep Bluegrass Country the world’s best source for American roots music, all day every day.