History

Brown Student & Community Radio.

“The Brown Network” began in 1936 as the first student-run radio station in the country. It was a carrier-current AM station broadcasting to Brown dorms. Eventually the station’s name was changed to “WBRU-AM.” In 1966, some of the station’s members secured a loan from the University and founded the radio station WBRU-FM (95.5), while others continued the student-oriented AM tradition. WBRU-FM became a commercial corporation, financially and legally separate from Brown University, while WBRU-AM continued to operate for the Brown community and surrounding areas in the college radio tradition. The AM signal in time became virtually inaudible.

During the mid-1990s, a few students worked to find a new, more audible outlet for those still broadcasting in the older, experimental, student tradition. In 1997, WBRU-AM became “Brown Student Radio” (BSR) and started broadcasting on WELH-FM (88.1).

WELH-FM, owned by the Wheeler School, was sold to another organization in 2010, leaving BSR to broadcast solely on bsrlive.com.

Now, BSR is in the process of acquiring a low-power FM license for 101.1 FM and we are ecstatic to be back on the air.

The name “WBSR” has been used as a nickname on occasion, but the FCC prohibits us from using that name until we have been granted a license with those call letters.

Values:
1. Localism – We love our city and state!
2. Education – Spread knowledge and ideas!
3. Diversity – Different is great!
4. Entertainment – Have fun and a sense of humor!
5. Public Participation – Get into it! Get involved!

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