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.
Updates to push functionality
Ratings and Reviews
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.
Took away the most useful part
In previous versions of the app, you could see at the bottom what was playing now, and what was coming up next. Now the only way to find that very useful information is to tap through to schedules, find the right one, find the right time, and enlarge it to read the tiny print on your mobile device. Basically, it’s impossible to do while you are walking or running or working in the garden.
Streaming not great
Unfortunately, the app seems to have issues with streaming. Every few minutes, the stream for 89.7 seems to stop and resume after a moment or sometimes after a minute. WiFi and cell signals where I work and live are fine, so there’s something not working with at least the streaming ability of this app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.