By Carlton N. Brock III
Did you know that you could now listen to Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7 on the go? Now you can on your smartphone with the new WNED ǀ WBFO apps. Currently, there is an app for all three of our radio stations, including WBFO HD-2 JazzWorks available free on Apple and Android devices.
In addition to live streaming the radio stations, the user-friendly apps have a great deal of other features including:
· An alarm clock so that users can wake up to their favorite NPR programming such as Morning Edition.
· There are several membership options from donating to learning about benefits.
· An archive of programming that has aired on the stations is housed in the Podcast section of each app.
· Each app contains links to all of WNED ǀ WBFO’s social media outlets.
· A schedule of what will be airing.
· For those of you that listen into the night, the app even has a sleep timer.
The apps also have an ongoing stream of news stories for you to read while you listen. In the Classical 94.5 app and the JazzWorks App, the news feeds divide into two categories, “WBFO News” and “Local Stories.” Users can switch back and forth between the two by tapping the options on screen. In the WBFO app, the news sections divide into sections such as “Sports” and “Health” among others.
In February 2014, we redesigned our apps to ease your ability to use them. If you are new to the app or a returning user and not sure what to look for, do not fret, a tutorial activates the first time you open the app. The tutorial gives easy to read instructions for all of the apps’ users.
Whether you want to hear every edition of Fresh Air from 2014 or you want to go to sleep to listen to Sunday Baroque while waiting at the dentist, you can do that with the WNED | WBFO selection of apps.
What will you do with these new apps? Let us know in the comments below.