Brown University’s student-run radio station has started broadcasting online only. The station, formerly available at 88.1 WELH-FM in Providence, RI, switched to a 24-hour Internet stream starting August 1.
In an interview with Radio Survivor, Brown Student Radio’s John Foley, the co-publicity director, states that BSR had been leasing a signal from the Wheeler School, a private K-12 school in Providence, for a portion of each day. BSR generally had an annual contract with Wheeler; however, Foley explains that in the most recent negotiation, BSR began paying on a monthly basis, and Wheeler put in a clause allowing the school to terminate BSR’s lease 15 days in advance.
BSR has been broadcasting on WELH since 1997. Operatorship of WELH’s signal has been transferred to an unnamed entity. BSR seems to be remaining in good spirits in this situation. Its website, while continuing to stay up to date with current station programming, promises new features to make it easier to listen online, as well as ways for listeners to get involved through the Internet.
BSR is not the only Rhode Island college radio station experiencing changes in broadcasting. WJMF, Bryant University’s student station, will also soon be broadcasting online. Unlike BSR, WJMF’s student radio will also broadcast under an HD-2 channel, increasing its wattage from 225 to 1200; however, tuning in this way requires listeners to use an HD-receiver.
WJMF will now be carrying Boston-based WGBH’s all-classical channel.