Audio Streams and Playlists
GLT's four audio streams bring you a wide variety of NPR news and talk programs, award-winning local news coverage, and curated music. Use the persistent player links above to tune in, or visit the Ways To Listen page for additional streaming options. Music playlists for the streams are available below and at the GLT Blues, GLT Jazz and Acousticity program pages.
GLT News & Ideas
The "main channel" stream is what listeners in central Illinois hear over the air on 89.1 and 103.5FM. Weekdays, the News & Ideas daytime schedule is anchored by our homegrown, daily news magazine, GLT's Sound Ideas, along with NPR standards like Morning Edition, On Point, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. At night, we bring you focused music programs and a mix of hand-selected jazz that emphasizes beautiful melodies and rhythms that swing. Weekend mornings are filled with laughter (Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!, Ask Me Another), wonder (Radiolab, TED Radio Hour), and culture (Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, This American Life). Friday and Saturday nights, you'll hear the best combination of new and classic Blues on planet Earth; Sunday nights feature "flexible folk" during Acousticity, blending folk, Celtric, bluegrass and other flavors of acoustic music.
GLT Blues Radio
Listeners the world over have told us that GLT Blues Radio has the best mix of new and classic blues on Planet Earth. From its roots in the Mississippi Delta to the smoky clubs of Chicago and Memphis where blues evolved into an American art form, we bring you the best from B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, "Big Mama" Thornton, and John Lee Hooker. You'll also hear their musical descendents, including Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Allman Brothers, and Eric Clapton. Of course, we couldn't call it the best blues station on Planet Earth if we didn't also play the music of young stars who are taking blues to new places, artists like The Black Keys, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Joan Osborne, and Jack White. If you want to hear the artists talk about their music in their own words and keep up on what's new in the blues genre, subscribe to the Talkin' Blues podcast.
GLT Jazz Radio
Melodies that sing and rhythms that swing--that's GLT Jazz Radio. Once available only during middays and evenings, you can now enjoy GLT's signature jazz sound anytime you like with our 24/7 jazz stream. We get up and bop with 'Trane and "Bird" now and again, but most of the time you'll find us swingin' with the Duke and Benny Goodman or picking and plunking out unforgettable riffs with Wes Montomery and Dave Brubeck. You can relax and lose yourself in the timeless voices of legends Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, and newcomers Kurt Elling and Diana Krall; or, stand up and sing along.
A Sunday-night staple for more than two decades on GLT, Acousticity is now a 24/7 stream of folk, Celtic, bluegrass and other acoustic roots music. We had to come up with a whole new sonic category for this unique mix--"flexible folk". Acousticity presents a broad spectrum of acoustic music, from the classic American folk sound of Woody Guthrie and Peter, Paul and Mary to the western swing of Bob Wills; the traditional Celtic sound of The Dubliners and Loreena McKennitt, to Tim O'Brien, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and other new masters of roots music. In a typical hour, you might also hear Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, and the Avett Brothers alongside Altan, Michael Doucet and The Milk Carton Kids.