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WAMU in Washington, D.C., announced that it is dropping all bluegrass programming from its weekend schedule and replacing long-running music shows with news/talk programming. The station will invest in major upgrades to its HD Radio service, WAMU Bluegrass Country, by broadcasting up to eight hours daily of live-hosted programs on 88.5-2, and will give away 1,000 HD Radios to listeners who contributed to its bluegrass programming within the past year. WThe station once broadcast more than 20 hours a week of bluegrass and other acoustic American music, according to Washington Post columnist and blogger Marc Fisher. hopes to continue to serve bluegrass listeners by upgrading it digital channel WAMU Bluegrass County

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