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 >
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.
Read WCAI's guide to improving your antenna strength >
WGBH has revived WCRB 99.5’s online stream and made it available on your computer at wgbh.org/listen.
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 >
WCRB 99.5 also is available over the air in high definition, on WGBH 89.7 HD2 (learn more about HD Radio)
In addition to these options, WGBH is exploring all available opportunities to improve and extend 99.5's signal, including repeaters, DTV datacast, etc.
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:
- Symphonies broadcast in their entirety
- Smart and lively interviews with classical artists
- Unique live performances that only WGBH can present
- An inviting, energetic musical experience
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:
Listeners 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.
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