Good news radio takes some balance: Tune into a station whose segments are too short, and you’re likely to hear the same headlines more than once (especially if you’re listening in your car during D.C. rush hour). But on a weekday morning, you may not have the time to invest in a whole episode of This American Life
, either. Which is why WAMU wins this category easily on the weekdays. Like all public radio, it’s commercial-free and listener-supported, so you don’t have to worry about finding something else for huge spans of every hour. The National Public Radio shows keep you up to date on domestic and international news; Kojo Nnamdi
& Co. keep you up to date on local affairs. And every few months, a pledge drive comes on to remind you that there are other stations on the dial, too.