We are a student run media workshop and radio that blends local and national voices. Bringing communities together through the fusion of art, music and culture, we are the taste-makers of today.
In 1936, WBRU’s founders David Borst and George Abraham strung thousands of feet of wires from dorm room to dorm room to relay recorded music, jumpstarting what would be the first college radio station and later the premier radio station in Southern New England. In 1970, Vincent Thomas began the first programming on WBRU intended for the Black community in Providence, starting the WBRU 360° Black Experience In Sound. Affectionately known as 360°, the Sunday hip-hop, R&B, old school, and gospel programming on WBRU became iconic in Providence and broader Southern New England. The only radio station to do so, WBRU was named the best radio station in the country three years in a row by Billboard and Rolling Stone and hosted some of the biggest up-and-coming bands and artists in the industry. In 2017, WBRU sold the 95.5FM signal and WBRU Indie/Alt transitioned to an online 24/7 stream while WBRU 360° is on air on 101.1FM in Providence Sunday-Tuesday and streaming online globally 24/7. WBRU has expanded into young adult focused digital media, with online content designed to put your voices front-and-center with both a locally and nationally. Our artist interviews and Op-Ed articles, live sessions, 360° and Indie/Alt streams bring the music-enamored closer to the artists they know and love — and those they don’t yet know they love. And with our catered podcasts and radio entertainment shows, we continue Borst, Abraham, and Thomas’ mission to build communities through audio.
WBRU has struggled with institutional racism throughout its history and is committed to dismantling how white supremacy has structured the organization as a whole in the past. Now, WBRU is committed to growing and learning in its work to create an actively inclusive environment for all members, current and future.