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Public Radio App app for iPhone and iPad

4.4 ( 3344 ratings )
News Music
Developer: Sky Blue Technologies Inc.
2.99 USD
Current version: 2.8.6, last update: 1 year ago
First release : 31 Oct 2009
App size: 3.96 Mb

Public Radio App: The ultimate mobile public radio experience with great features not found in any other app!

While others may be free, only the Public Radio App allows you to pause and rewind a live stream and view the program schedule for multiple streams at once. You can explore On Demand content and search across hundreds of stations, bookmark a story for later, and wake up to your favorite station with the alarm clock. All this, with no pop-up ads, for the price of a grande latte!

Have you ever experienced dropped streams with other free apps? With the Public Radio App, we’ve designed the streaming engine from the ground up to minimize dropped streams and recover automatically to avoid interruptions.

Live Streaming
• DVR-like controls (pause, rewind, and fast forward). You can pause the live stream to have a conversation and pick up right where you left off! Or rewind to catch a comment you just missed!
• Listen to live streams from your favorite public radio stations across the nation (300+ stations supported). Start the app and your favorite station starts playing – no clicks to start listening.
• Integrated program schedules for every station. You can display up to three of your favorites at a time or flick once to see the schedules for all of your favorite stations.
• One click stream switching – flip over to the program you noticed on another stream with a single click.
• Easily find the local public radio stations with GPS, or search by station categories and call letters.
• Listen to your favorite public radio station in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails!

On Demand
• Access 300+ public radio programs from multiple content providers (NPR, PRI, APM and local stations) easily and quickly.
• DVR-like controls. Pause, rewind and fast forward your program with ease.
• When listening to national programs, individual story segments (when available) are listed so you can review and choose one or listen to the entire program.
• Easy to access past programs.
• The Public Radio App displays the web page associated with the program or story segment you are listening to On Demand so you can explore for more information.

Radio Bookmarks
• Save what you were listening to (Live or On Demand) so you can replay, follow-up, or share it later by simply clicking “Bookmark”.
• Compatible with the popular Radio Bookmark device (
• You can also access the Radio Bookmarks created on your iPhone/iPod/iPad on your computer.

• The unique “Search Public Radio” feature finds stories or programs across hundreds of stations and web pages and makes it easy to play instantly.

Additional features
• Easily share stories and programs with family and friends via the “Share” button.
• A built in Sleep Timer and Alarm Clock allows you to go to sleep and wake up to your favorite station.

The Public Radio App is brought to you by the people at Radio Bookmark. We work closely with public radio stations in developing great solutions that allow listeners to find what they want, when they want it, and where they want it.

Please support your local public radio station!

Pros and cons of Public Radio App app for iPhone and iPad

Public Radio App app good for

Easiest app to use for NPR if you want to listen to a multitude of stations live AND for on demand playing of your favorite shows. If it fails on you, delete it and redownload. This has fixed mine twice in the seven years Ive used this. :-)
Finally an app which can truly pause the live audio. All other apps just stop and I miss part of the program. Plus it is great not having any ads popup on the screen!
Public Radio App allows you to listen to NPR programs streamed in real time or to listen to archived versions of any program broadcast on NPR. So, what more can one possibly ask?!
Great Public Radio App. Changes to Sleep timer are confusing so minus one .Support is good and they said it would be changed in next revision. Best Public Radio App I have.
This app has become my faithful companion for listening to public radio stations and podcasts. I have all of my favorite stations listed on the first screen, super easy to access. If I hear a great story I just send a bookmark of it to my friends, or I can save it for myself to listen to again later. I did have one problem early on, but I sent an email from the app and it was fixed right away.
This is a great app. Its simple to use and straight-forward in its controls. I love being able to listen to any public radio station in the country wherever I am in the country! And its clear -- no radio interference with mountains or physical terrain.

Some bad moments

Waste of time for Canadians. Does not give local Canadian stations. Like CBC Radio 2, or the jewel.
On Demand button causes immediate closure of app. It didnt do this at first. Now I see that others had same issue. Previous review was 5 stars. Please fix this. This is a good app if there are not continuing critical bugs.
I have used all Public Radio Apps and this one is by far the best live interface and it is easy to get on demand podcasts from PRI , NPR etc. However it recently just started to freeze and quit and it can not stay on a station, even though I have re-installed a numder of times- sadly have to give 1 star, When bugs are fixed I will give it 5 plus.
The app worked great for a few days, and then I added 47 public radio stations, and then it bogged down. It would no longer show the listings of any station. It would play for a few minutes, and then just quit, throwing me back to my home screen. So I deleted all but my "favorite" station, and the problem remained. Now its time for me to delete the app, and consider it a $3 charitable contribution to public radio.
Function rich. Deadly slow. Buffering needs improvement. Connections drop too often.

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