National Public Radio (NPR) is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer widely recognized as a media leader in the digital arena. NPR produces news, talk, music, and entertainment programs.
Drawing on more than 340 news staff (reporters, correspondents, newscasters, editors, producers, hosts, and bloggers) in the United States and abroad, NPR has the capacity to stay on top of breaking news, follow the most critical stories of the day, and track complex issues over the long-term.
NPR also distributes programs produced by member stations and independent producers under the NPR brand. The network looks for high-quality programs that add unique value to its member radio stations’ service. On digital platforms, including NPR.org, NPR Mobile, and podcasts, NPR-distributed programs are presented alongside NPR-produced programs.
NPR Member Stations are independent, locally owned and operated broadcasters. In Seattle and Tacoma, NPR stations are found at the following FM radio stations:
- Seattle on KEXP 90.3 FM
- Seattle on KUOW 94.9 FM
- Tacoma on KNKX 88.5 FM
- Tacoma on KVTI 90.9 FM
Find an NPR station near you.
In 2007, NPR Music was launched as a free online service devoted to music genres neglected by commercial media. The site is an influential arbiter of music tastes and trends, identifying and promoting classical, jazz and blues, rock/folk/pop, world, and urban artists.
NPR Music features live concerts and in-studio performances, interviews, and reporting on-location at major music festivals and events, as well as reviews, blogs, and recommendations. Concerts at South by Southwest are some of the most recommended listening programs.
Listen online at NPR Music or download from the podcast library.
NPR Podcast Library
When they’re not watching or reading news, Americans listen to news by one of three methods: traditional terrestrial (AM/FM) radio, digital online radio, and digital podcasts*.
While AM/FM radio is listened to by 90% of Americans, both online radio and podcasts are gaining in popularity. Listening audiences for digital formats have risen steadily over the last decade.
NPR offers a podcast library of shows, including news, interviews, how to programs, science, politics, and more, as well as music, of course. The NPR podcast library feature on-air favorites like Fresh Air and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, as well as digital-only programs like All Songs Considered and Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Over 3.5 million weekly users currently download their favorite NPR programs and content for convenient listening without an internet connection. Listen to podcasts online or download and listen to the podcast whenever you want from your digital device or a portable media player.
Access the entire NPR podcast library from the online NPR Podcast directory.
*A podcast is a program of music or talk, available as a digital audio file for listening on a computer, smartphone, or portable media player. Thousands of podcasts are available on a variety of topics, including politics, money and finance, comedy, pop culture, current events, trending news, storytelling, notable personalities, …pretty much any topic that might interest you…, as well as music programs, of course.