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Listen to KQED 88.5FM’s live audio stream wherever you are. Enjoy your favorite programs, including KQED News, The California Report, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, This American Life, Radiolab, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, Forum with Michael Krasny and many more.


Alarm Clock
Many of you let us know you missed the alarm clock function in version, 3.0.0 so we’ve added it back in our latest update. When you’re alarm goes off, just unlock your phone and you’ll be waking up to Morning Edition.

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What’s New

Version 3.5.2

Performance Updates

Ratings and Reviews

2.4 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

steph_in_sf ,

No play button?

The app update that was available 8/10 loads the app BUT there’s no longer a play button. The screen that pops up looks very much like the web page layout for online streaming , but has no obvious way to start streaming on the iPhone. More beta testing needed. . .

AlexKastamanov ,

Functional app with one infuriating flaw

I use this app quite often because it’s pretty nice to be able to listen to the radio on my phone. There’s a nice big play button when you open the app, making it easy to start listening right away (of course a 3D Touch shortcut would be even better.) Aside from that much appreciated play button, the rest of the ui has looked mostly unappealing and I haven’t bothered to explore whatever else is on offer.

Now here comes the major flaw; when you first start listening, there is the paid sponsorship statement of about 10 seconds or so, this isn’t that bad and not the problem here— the problem is that whenever the phone switches from LTE to WiFi, the app completely cuts the stream AND makes you listen to the sponsored statement again! This is a huge annoyance when I’m paying close attention to an interesting statement and my phone decides to switch networks. This happens a lot when pulling into the driveway and my phone pick up the WiFi.

Anyway, this app is a pretty good way to get a high quality stream of KQED aside from that one annoyance.

Of course, the real reason I can’t listen to the actual 88.5 FM signal is only because Apple won’t unlock the iPhone’s FM radio to developers, but that’s a different issue altogether.

Queen_0f_Diamonds ,

App is behind the curve; please update.

I listen to KQED all the time, and would dearly love to see fixes to the below listed issues. This app has difficulty with switching between wireless networks in my home, and from wireless to cellular data. When I walk from downstairs to upstairs, I have to stop and restart the app when the phone switches networks. The app usually requires the same protocol when I leave my house and the phone switches from one of my wireless networks to cellular data. On the upside, I prefer listening to KQED on my phone (rather than my car radio) because the reception is never interrupted by static. Today, when I opened the App Store to write this review, I noticed a note that said “Fixes for iOS 10.3 available.” iOS 11.1.2 has been out for a week. Thanks for any action you can take on these issues.


46.4 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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