With the NEW, updated WGBH Listen App, everything you love about 89.7-WGBH is available on the go! Get the latest news for Greater Boston and beyond, from the Award-winning WGBH News Team and NPR. Listen to the WGBH-89.7 live stream with one touch! And hear your favorite programs from WGBH and NPR.
New updates include:
-Listen to additional WGBH Streams, including 99.5-WCRB Classical, Jazz 24/7, Celtic Sojourn Radio and WCAI from Cape Cod.
-Hear your favorite WGBH programs on demand! Listen to Boston Public Radio, Innovation Hub and more.
-Share the latest news stories on your social media platforms.
-Integrate the WGBH App with your car’s dashboard system with Apple Car Play.
-NEW-join the conversation with the new upstream feature! Send us a photo or short video if you see a news event you want to share with the WGBH Newsroom.
-Become a new WGBH Member and supporter.
-Use the Alarm feature to wake up to WGBH News, or play your favorite live program any time during the day.
Ratings and Reviews
Too many ads
Seems like I’m hearing more ads than ever on NPR stations and it’s worse on the app. The balance seems to be tipping into the not-worth-listening any more since I am almost as likely to hear an announcement and description about products than news.
It does play WCRB - it’s just hidden
In the preview screenshots they show a panel where you can select other GBH services, including 99.5 classical - I had to hunt around (and write a negative review in frustrated panic) before I finally found this menu - you have to “select steam” (a tiny button next to the main “play” triangle button). Too techy (not at all intuitive) for us mortal classical music lovers, but the functionality I wanted does exist, it seems to work, so four stars.
Shuts down frequently
Very annoying--streaming cuts out frequently, requiring reboot, but often it simply will not reload. This happens occasionally with other stations, but not nearly as often as WGBH.
I listen to a lot of NPR, on both WGBH and also WBUR. I like WGBH for best local coverage of Greater Boston and also Boston Public. But I usually listen only to WBUR when streaming on iPhone because this WGBH app stinks.
The only exception: when WBUR is ( much too frequently) fundraising, I cannot tolerate listening to that. And I am a monthly contributor to both.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.