BSR Radio

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BSR is Brown Student and Community Radio that serves the curious listener on the web at

1) to teach people interested in producing radio how to do so
2) to further interactions between Brown students and the greater Providence community
3) to cultivate a thoughtful and dedicated listenership

Localism – We love our city and state!
Education – Spread knowledge and ideas!
Diversity – Different is great!
Entertainment – Have fun and a sense of humor!
Public Participation – Get into it!  Get involved!

“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).  In the early 2000s, BSR began broadcasting online 24/7 and became a joint student/community collaboration.


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A weekly talk and call-in show on BSR. Join the conversation about all aspects of biking and cycling culture, with a focus on the Providence scene. Mondays, 9:30pm on

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Alternative news and views from Providence.

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\\ Speaking Frequencies //::\\ Modulating Realities //

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Radio that serves the curious listener in even more curious ways.

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This segment for Brown Student and Community Radio's team features program The Radio Show explores the line between funny and not funny (the episod...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2010
  • Length: 09:22
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What do you believe? Talking about Faith. Contributions by: Matthew Lawrence, Rachel Blatt, and Brice Peterson.

  • Added: Nov 08, 2010
  • Length: 30:39
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In time for Thanksgiving, an exploration of Family. Contributions by: Gowri Chandra, Laurel Foglia, Brice Peterson, Katie Jennings, Rachel Blatt, a...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2010
  • Length: 31:35
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An investigation of the future of Providence's Olneyville neighborhood

  • Added: Jun 27, 2010
  • Length: 08:13
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The role of radio for Liberian immigrants -- and a new voice on the air.

Bought by NPR Station Showcase with PRX and WXLV-FM

  • Added: May 07, 2007
  • Length: 06:03
  • Purchases: 2
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The story of a new interpretation of the Kabuki play "Drum of the Waves of Horikawa," approaching the text from a punk-rock perspective.

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis and WXLV-FM

  • Added: May 07, 2007
  • Length: 05:34
  • Purchases: 2
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A look into the politics of the HPV vaccine in Rhode Island and nationwide.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUNM, and WXLV-FM

  • Added: Apr 04, 2007
  • Length: 07:16
  • Purchases: 3
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A young harbor seal named Chuck at the Boston Aquarium performs his fledgling talent

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2007
  • Length: 13:20
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"Was this what it looked like? Had I been picked up? On iTunes, no less?"

Bought by PRX to iTunes, The PRX Podcast, PRX Lovesick Stream, and WGBH Radio Boston

  • Added: Dec 08, 2006
  • Length: 06:00
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"How do you go from meaning into sound? Sound into meaning?"

Bought by KGOU

  • Added: Nov 14, 2006
  • Length: 05:54
  • Purchases: 1