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Ways to Listen to WKAR

Radio, HD Radio, Smart Speakers, WKAR and NPR mobile apps, and right here at wkar.org.

WKAR Listen
Coming in September: WKAR Listen, an updated mobile app for listening to WKAR anywhere, anytime. The app should update automatically, with no action required by users of the current WKAR mobile app.

WKAR Listen will offer streamlined access to the same live audio streams in the original app -- 90.5, NewsTalk, Classical -- plus our Jazz 24/7 stream.

Also featured will be our current line-up of WKAR original podcasts: "¿Qué Onda Michigan?," "Michigan Minute," and "Life, Meet Tech."

An automatic upgrade from the current WKAR app to the WKAR Listen app is scheduled to take place on September 15, 2023. Current users of the app should not need to take any action. There could, however, be some interruption of service on or around that date.

In your kitchen, in your garage, in your car, on the beach—it’s the original way to listen to anything, anywhere!

Find 90.5 WKAR on your radio tuner at 90.5 FM.
NPR News and classical music. Featuring Morning Edition and All Things Considered and more than 110 hours each week of classical music, plus jazz and folk on weekend evenings.

Find WKAR NewsTalk on your radio tuner at 102.3 FM (24/7) and AM 870 (daylight hours).
Local news and a world view for Michigan’s capital region, featuring NPR, BBC World, and WKAR News and Sports. News and information in Spanish weekday afternoons and weekend mornings.

HD Radio
HD Radio is a digital technology that produces the highest quality audio available. With HD Radio, you’ll hear crystal clear reception and CD-quality sound.

The new technology effectively eliminates noise, interference and fades from our signal. If you’ve experienced static on a standard radio at home, or while driving around town or waiting at a red light, you’ll appreciate the clear, consistent sound HD Radio delivers.

WKAR’s HD Radio options are as follows:

  • 90.5 WKAR-FM can be heard on 90.5-HD1
  • WKAR NewsTalk can be heard on 90.5-HD2

HD Radios do not require Internet access and there is no subscription fee required to listen to HD Radio broadcasts.

On Your Computer
All WKAR listening streams are available via the player at the top of any page. Please click All Streams above to see all options.

  • 90.5 WKAR (equals the 90.5 FM radio broadcast)
  • WKAR NewsTalk 24/7 (equals the 102.3 FM radio broadcast)
  • WKAR Classical 24/7
    Classical music around the clock, with just the right amount of news and weather.
  • WKAR Jazz 24/7
    Jazz around the clock.
  • WKAR Radio Reading Service
    Timely and useful information for those who are print handicapped or otherwise have difficulty reading the printed page.

Using NPR One
NPR One is the audio app that connects you to a stream of NPR and WKAR news, stories and podcasts curated for you. Informing, engaging, inspiring and surprising. From the ends of the earth to the tiniest corners of your city. Available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Add WKAR as your home station to listen on your phone, anywhere you are.

Smart Speakers
WKAR is just one voice command away. Ask Alexa to “Play WKAR." To your Google Home assistant, say "Hey Google, play WKAR FM."

updated 9/8/23