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Public radio deal pushes BSR off the dial

August 16, 2011

Brown students returning to campus this fall will find that their student radio station, Brown Student Radio, no longer broacasts on 88.1 FM. BSR has gone to an internet only format after losing its lease on 88.1 FM at the end of July. The change comes as Rhode Island Public Radio nears the final stages of a deal to move from 1290 AM in Providence to 88.1 FM.

88.1 is owned by the Wheeler School, an independent school in Providence, which had been leasing the signal to BSR and Latino Public Radio. Under the terms of the proposed deal, Latino Public Radio would move to WRNI’s 1290 AM signal.

Latino Public Radio General Manager Reynaldo Almonte calls it a win for his station, which will now be able to broadcast 24 hours a day instead of sharing a signal with BSR.

Rhode Island Public Radio General Manager Joe O’Connor is also excited about the possibility, saying the move to FM would mean the potential for a significantly larger audience for his station, the employer of yours truly and publisher of this blog.

All of this may be good news for fans of Rhode Island Public Radio, but it leaves BSR without slot on the FM dial. BSR Manager and Brown Senior Erik-Dardan Ymerga says he was somewhat disappointed when he learned the station was losing its lease on 88.1, but he sees a lot of potential on the Internet. BSR was only available on 88.1 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., while an internet station can broadcast 24/7. Ymerga says BSR will also pursue a possible low-power FM signal that would “establish a permanent and full-time home on the dial for BSR.”

BSR is the second college radio station in Rhode Island to disappear from the dial this year. Earlier this summer, Bryant University’s student station moved to an Internet and HD radio format after the university announced a deal with Boston-based WGBH to bring its classical music station to 88.7 FM.

Students at Brown and Bryant have raised little protest over their loss of presence on the FM dial, but that has not been the case with three other deals where student-run college stations lost their “terrestrial” signals, according to the The Chronicle of Higher Education.

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 1, 2011 6:48 pm

    thanks for the coverage, Elisabeth.

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