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WGBH acquired WCRB 99.5, preserving a 24-hour classical radio station in Boston, and moved our classical music programs to 99.5 Boston's All Classical Station. Moving our classical programs to 99.5 allows us to provide more news and analysis on 89.7 WGBH. (Note: Jazz and Celtic music are staying on 89.7, Boston's NPR® station.) Read more in a letter from Jon Abbott, WGBH's President and CEO >

How can I listen to 99.5?

What will I hear on 99.5?

How can I support 99.5?

What will I hear on 89.7?

How can I listen to 99.5 All Classical?

When WCRB 99.5 moved its signal to Lowell, Massachusetts, in 2006, much of southern Massachusetts was out of its broadcast range. While WGBH promises to make sure that the new 99.5 All Classical's signal is optimized as much as possible, we also offer other ways in which you can hear 99.5 All Classical anywhere in New England and the world.

Traditional radio

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Listen on Nantucket at 89.5 WNCK


WGBH has revived WCRB 99.5’s online stream and made it available on your computer at wgbh.org/listen.

Internet radio
Table-top Internet radios can access 99.5 and 89.7, plus thousands of other radio stations, through your home's Internet service. Learn more about Internet radio >

HD Radio
WCRB 99.5 also is available over the air in high definition, on WGBH 89.7 HD2 (learn more about HD Radio)

You can hear 99.5 on your iPhone via the Public Radio Player and the All-Classical WGBH application. 99.5 will soon be available on other mobile devices, including the BlackBerry.

In addition to these options, WGBH is exploring all available opportunities to improve and extend 99.5's signal, including repeaters, DTV datacast, etc.

What can I hear on the new 99.5 All Classical?

WGBH Radio's classical music has moved to 99.5 All Classical. That means you can hear more of the music you love, 24/7. 99.5 continues to present:

Tell us what you want to hear.
To celebrate your role in keeping classical music on the air in Boston, we will feature listeners' favorites from our "Music That Made You Love Music" contest throughout the month. There's still time to participate:

How can I play a part?

Become a Founding memberListeners support classical music in Boston simply by tuning in. Our region's love of classical music is strong, and so is WGBH's commitment to sustaining the vibrant tradition of the Boston area. Make this commitment along with us and become a Founding member of our new all-classical service on 99.5FM

What can I hear on 89.7 WGBH?

Migrating our classical programs to 99.5 All Classical has opened new doors for 89.7. We have built our new 89.7 schedule on the foundation of independent journalism that we’ve established on radio with The World and with our Cape & Islands NPR station WCAI — and on television with favorites like Greater Boston, Frontline, Nova, and American Experience, all produced here in our Brighton studios. Even though we have extended our roster of news and public affairs programs on 89.7, you can still find your favorite jazz and Celtic programs, alongside A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, on 89.7.

Jazz and Celtic music are still on 89.7

It was a difficult decision for us to discontinue Blues on WGBH and Folk on WGBH. In addition to 89.7's new focus on news and information programs, we have kept a select group of programs, like A Celtic Sojourn and A Prairie Home Companion, on 89.7. Read more details >

The Writer's Almanac
On 89.7, WGBH employs Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac to transition our listeners from our news service to our music service. In that same spirit, 89.7 is now airing The Writer's Almanac weekday evenings at 7:55pm, when we transition from PBS NewsHour to Jazz on WGBH with Eric Jackson. For those who wish to hear Garrison Keillor's daily segment anytime, please visit writersalmanac.publicradio.org


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Here's what Yo-Yo Ma and others are saying:

Yo Yo Ma"This is a truly exciting development. As both a performer and a listener, I applaud WGBH for making this significant investment in our community to ensure that the classical music genre will remain alive and well on Boston radio."
—Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

Mark Volpe"All of us at the BSO are excited by the possibilities resulting from WGBH's acquisition of WCRB."
—Mark Volpe, managing director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Linda Nathan"This is great news for music and arts education. Keeping classical music vibrant is an extremely important resource to enhance learning. WGBH's new service will further enrich the educational experience for students of all ages."
—Linda Nathan, co-headmaster, Boston Arts Academy


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