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.
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!
Sounds for the curious listener. Listen live or browse our archives online.
BSR is Brown Student and Community Radio.
We're a Providence-grounded radio station broadcasting online at bsrlive.com, committed to diverse, high-quality programming — with music shows covering a huge variety of genres, and a wide range of features (talk radio, news, etc.) too.
Anyone can get a show on BSR, and we're also always on the lookout for non-DJ volunteers too. Drop us a line at trainingcoordinator [at] bsrlive [dot] com.
Providence student and community radio that serves the curious listener.