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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Stephen Stearns and his father survived Katrina in his family home. His mother did not. Now he's living out her last wish.

Bought by KRCB 104.9 and WXLV-FM

  • Added: Jul 18, 2006
  • Length: 07:45
  • Purchases: 2
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Stories of Survival and Reconstruction

Bought by 90.5 WSNC

  • Added: Jul 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:01:53
  • Purchases: 1
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Profile of McCusker, who stayed to photograph Hurricane Katrina

Bought by KRCC-FM, WKMS, KUOW, WXLV-FM, YouthCast and more

  • Added: Jul 18, 2006
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 8
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Hoping for emails, scouring the news...a Rhode Island military mother describes the challenges of waiting for her son to come home from Iraq.

Bought by NPR Station Showcase with PRX and KUOW

  • Added: Apr 29, 2006
  • Length: 04:55
  • Purchases: 2
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"We're going to be following Route 20 until we die--or reach Wyoming. Whichever comes first."

Bought by WXLV-FM

  • Added: Apr 28, 2006
  • Length: 10:31
  • Purchases: 1
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"And like the masses in Times Square on the cusp of midnight, we are waiting in anticipation of something huge."

Bought by KTNA

  • Added: Apr 17, 2006
  • Length: 05:28
  • Purchases: 1