KERA is virtually the only radio station I listen to, even when I’m out of town. This app makes it available whenever and wherever I need it, not just for reliable current news but to expand my mind and call to mind things I had forgotten.
I really, really like the station and the coverage. This two star rating is not because of the station but because of how it streams. About once an hour, a “support from our sponsors” ad will come on. It will come on over the top of any story you are listening to. Can you get that I had to show up between stories? If a call comes in through the device that I am streaming the station on, the automatically story pauses. Great, right? Nope. You get about 30 seconds from where are you paused, then streaming jumps to the live broadcast. Today, I am listening to NPR live coverage of a congressional event. I got to listen to both the “support from our sponsors“ ad, and the NPR commentators at the exact same time, talking over each other like talk radio pundits. Really, a fantastic radio station. But please, address the streaming interruptions. I really look forward to my driveway moments.
My 2 stars aren’t for KERA. They’re for this app. I love KERA and have used this app since it was available. However, in the last month or so it’s started closing itself automatically and randomly in the middle of a “story” between 30 and 40 minutes into my listening. I have a highly-functioning iPhone and strong bandwidth. I’m not using any other function of my phone when listening, and no other live streaming app does this to me. I usually go back and reopen the app again when this happens, but then I get the intro piece and miss some of the stories. Today I decided that from now on when KERA drops me, I’m just going to switch to another news app for the duration of my daily listening.
I live in the eastern portion of the state, in an apparent fringe area for KERA radio reception. Some days the reception is great; some days we get nothing. With the app and my phone’s Bluetooth connection however, I can listen uninterrupted in the car despite the quality of the radio reception. Since it’s basically the only station to which I consistently listen, the app has proven to be a great resource for frustration-free listening.
Terrible, poorly implemented and annoying Advertising detract from what a great station has to broadcast. I literally hate using the app and avoid it if i can. Sometimes i can’t avoid it in order to hear the broadcast. It makes me want to revoke my monthly donations. And i get closer to stopping my monetary support each time because the app is so maddening. Comments to the developer amount to “sorry” or “we are working on it” or “ turn it off, then turn it back on” ie, no real help. Good luck KERA i think you you need a different developer/app vendor. Btw, only posted this review because KERA invited me to.
This app works really well. I love KERA, but my meetings and work schedule doesn’t always match up with my favorite shows. I LOVE getting to catch up on the Texas Standard or Morning Edition or any of my favorite shows when I have the time. And I love being able to tune in live from anywhere via my phone since one doesn’t always have a radio nearby.
No more sitting in the car waiting I can take the radio to go! Pick up right I left off to finish the story. Not to mention when I am in the office and I want to listen to an interview live... this makes interacting possible instead of being he odd ball reaching out long after the episode actually airs.
Relevant, unbiased and timely news and information
I have relied on KERA and NPR for several years now. Checking on it more frequently during the day now, since the war in Ukraine has developed. Reporters, reporting, and other shows are truly unbiased, and I appreciate that very much.
I am currently seventeen years old, and I listen to KERA with my father every morning in the car. I decided to download this application so I can listen to Morning Edition while I wait for my courses to begin at school. This application exceeded my expectations, and I will continue to listen to Morning Edition and other KERA shows!
As a native Texan from the DFW area, I began listening to KERA from its inception. I now live in Colorado, but listen to KERA as well as my local PBS station, switching between the two throughout the day to hear my faves in both places. It’s a great way to stay connected to my original station.
Love KERA but the app needs improvement. When using live broadcast the app loses the stream often. It stops constantly; repeats the station identification message randomly; and sometimes the stream doesn’t return and I have to restart the app. Only happens with live broadcasts; podcasts work fine. Notice others posted the same concern a year ago. Why hasn’t this been fixed?
Great new music & streaks of songs to deliver a relevant mood. The more I think about it the more I love it. Everything you love about public radio applied to great music. No jarring ads or debasing stunts. Local and latest indie tunes too. The world I want to live in.
This is a great tool to stay informed. If you know the name of the show you can easily find what you are looking for. I wish the searching capability was better but I highly recommend it none the less.
Won’t even let me rate this update at less than two stars What kind of honesty is that? My intelligent news radio station has evaporated Morning Edition was my introduction to the break of day Now music that I don’t want bombards my ears When in the afternoon yesterday I wanted to hear All Things Considered, I had to go to the NPR app to hear it And I did— but interspersed with news of Kentucky, not Texas Turned out to be a Louisville station! Bummer U could at least have informed me of this major shift in your approach, KERA!! Had u done so, I could have avoided “updating” my app Bottom line =. Deplorable customer service More donations from me? Probably not Belinda Vrielink
I love the KERA app as much as I love KERA tv and radio. It’s easy to find shows, schedules, and information. It makes my frequent travels away from home easier when I can hear familiar voices of reliable news.
KERA provides great radio programming, and the app provides the perfect way to enjoy my favorite station from anywhere in the world. Streaming is seamless for the most part, and I like the program highlights on the home screen.
I’ve moved from Dallas but don’t like the my new local NPR station - this app has an easy live stream and I love that the THINK sessions are all on demand! Perfect for road trips:) I wish they had TED Hour on demand too!
I am a dog walker and love listening to KERA on my Apple Ear Buds. I started listening to This American Life in my car driving to my client’s house. It was a great story about the 2017 senate election in Alabama. Because is the app I could listen to the rest of the program. It is great.
Superior news coverage with Judy Woodruff and her colleagues. Outstanding and intelligent special stories on the wide variety of series, and extraordinary educational shows... I trust KERA and PBS for honest and inspiring television every day - what would we do without KERA!
When I nav out then back in again, it picks up when it left off (on live broadcast) then after a minute or so, cuts back to the live cast. My other NPR apps don’t do that. Also randomly just cuts out, no sound. Have switched to listening to WNYC even when here in Ft Worth. Have tried deleting and re-downloading to no avail.
For years no matter what device or carrier this app has problems freezing crashing and hanging. I hate to say it but its true. No other app has ever presented even 1/10th of the problems this one has. Not to mention we have to listen to a commercial for SMU on every start.
KERA Public Media App: The KERA Public Media App allows you to listen to and watch KERA radio and television, pause and rewind the live audio, and view the program schedule all at once! You can explore On Demand content, search for programs, bookmark a program for later, and wake up to KERA with the alarm clock! 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 KERA even while traveling! Start the app and your favorite station starts playing – no clicks to start listening. • Integrated program schedules for the KERA stream! • One click stream switching – flip over to the program you noticed on another stream with a single click. • Listen to KERA in the background while browsing the web or catching up on your emails! On Demand • Access KERA programs easily and quickly. • DVR-like controls. Pause, rewind and fast forward your program with ease. • When listening to programs, individual segments (when available) are listed so you can review and choose one or listen to the entire program. • Easy to access past programs. • The KERA Public Media App displays the web page associated with the program or program segment you are listening to On Demand so you can explore for more information. Search • 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 KERA Public Media App is brought to you by the people at Public Media for North Texas and Listener-Interactive. We work to provide our valued listeners with great solutions to find what you want, when you want it, and where you want it. Please support KERA by becoming a member today! http://www.kera.org http://www.publicmediaapps.com