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WBRU to be sold

Unread postby EGram » 3 months ago

http://providenceonline.com/stories/radio-silence,24147

A friend of mine who was a WBRU dj back in the 00s just told me of this.

Even if i don't love most modern alt rock that wbru plays i enjoy occasionally flip to it in hopes of hearing some older music i loved when i was growing up. It doesn't help that 92.9 is a similar, yet better station with more variety and less commercials.

Among the dozens of BRU promoted shows and summer concerts i have attended i got to see the Killers at a seedy dive bar back in 04 at a $5 show put on by BRU. The next generation growing up will now have the opportunities. Many indie rock bands that don't get played on BRU much would at least get plenty of promotion from the station for shows nearby. For example i saw Beach house at Lupos in august 2015 with my friends and my sister. I would imagine in the future many other bands like that simply skip providence now.

Whats even more mind boggling is the station is actually not losing uch money and had no dire financial imperative forcing them to sell soon. The idea of selling your core business and forsaking your consumer base to start a speculative venture in the insanely competitive and failure ridden field of music distribution over the internet is just insane. Even the record industry people told them all this as the article states. I honestly can't think of a single instance of a terrestial station selling it single and going on to have success as in internet only venture. They almost inevitably lose all there listeners and close in a few years.

Unfortunately my friend tells me much of the reason it passed is many of the new alumni on the board and current students dislike the idea of broadcasting Alternative radio. I can't help but think that has as much to do with it as anything as it seems improbable intelligent people could actually think trading the current BRU for a internet station no one will listen to and probably another top 40 or urban station is good for the community your supposed to be serving as a non-profit.

So thanks for screwing over the local community Brown students and Alumni who voted for this. As a former listener and Employee of one of your advertisers i can assure you i won;t be listening anymore, neither will my company be buying the adspace we have bought for the 20 or so previous years.
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Unread postby RF1 » 3 months ago

The station, in going the streaming route only, will just hasten its demise.
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Unread postby ATPTourFan » 3 months ago

In the late 90s BRU was virtually locked on all my radios, especially when I started driving here in RI.
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What a drag.......
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95.5 WBRU will no longer exist as a radio station in and around September 1st. The station's license will be transferred to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) which is expected to broadcast its Christian adult-contemporary music format. WBRU will accelerate its death spiral with a switch of its operations to internet only distribution.


http://wpri.com/2017/08/25/wbru-95-5s-s ... e-network/
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Unread postby NYGFan_Section208 » 2 months ago

well...if it has to go...this is a great option
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Unread postby TruePoint » 2 months ago

Insult to injury that it is going to Christian rock. Ugh.
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Unread postby Puck Frovidence » 2 months ago

That's all she wrote. Last 3 songs were Talking Heads, then Smashing Pumpkins and final track was a little surprise they squeezed in White Stripes, then it died DJs were all pretty emotional, there was a lot of crying all day and some colorful language towards the end. I must admit as the ostensible final track "1979" by the Smashing Pumpkins played... my allergies may have acted up a bit. Then "Fell In Love With A Girl" rocked out unexpectedly, there was a final sign-off and then just static. Real bummer. I'm listening to the ghost of the station right now on streaming and they're trying to keep spirits up but there's a "last week of school" feeling about everything, of course.

Apparently Brown and the Alumni tried to save the station, but the student and executive boards wouldn't listen. Likely the students who voted to kill were out of state/non DJs/non listeners (at least before college).

http://wpri.com/2017/08/30/emails-brown-prez-offered-loan-to-wbru-in-bid-to-avoid-fm-signal-sale/
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Unread postby SGreenwell » 2 months ago

I also read about Brown offering that loan, which was probably low or no interest. Interesting, but I wonder how deep in the red WBRU was already; I haven't seen that listed anywhere. Presumably, the university probably recognized (correctly) that the station had a lot of value to them, and it was better to try to reacquire it and run it at a loss. With the size of Brown, it's probably a negligible effect on their budget.
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Unread postby Puck Frovidence » 2 months ago

Nice tweet from URI's station. WRIU's late night is pretty much the only college rock left in RI now.

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Unread postby RF1 » 2 months ago

SGreenwell wrote:I also read about Brown offering that loan, which was probably low or no interest. Interesting, but I wonder how deep in the red WBRU was already; I haven't seen that listed anywhere. Presumably, the university probably recognized (correctly) that the station had a lot of value to them, and it was better to try to reacquire it and run it at a loss. With the size of Brown, it's probably a negligible effect on their budget.




While the station was losing money, this does not appear to be the main reason for the sale according to this article:


WBRU vote to potentially authorize sale of FM license
Staff members cite decline in radio listeners, student interest as reasons behind possible sale
Brown Daily Herald
http://www.browndailyherald.com/2017/03 ... ian-beats/
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Unread postby Puck Frovidence » 2 months ago

Not usually the biggest fan of GoLocal (to say the least), but previous article seem to lend this credibility... this may be the explanation as to how this happened despite public opinion and the interest of the student DJs/staff

http://www.golocalprov.com/business/bro ... n-to-block
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Unread postby EGram » 2 months ago

Nonsensical garbage.

Read my reply below.
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Unread postby RhowdyRam02 » 2 months ago

What the fuck?
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Unread postby RhodyKyle » 2 months ago

EGram definitely voted for beer at the seats.
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Unread postby ramster » 2 months ago

RhodyKyle wrote:EGram definitely voted for beer at the seats.


He meant to, just not sure he hit the right key :lol:
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You can do two of the three, I'm proof of that, but you can't go all three
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Unread postby EGram » 2 months ago

Sorry everyone.

They gave me a small script of xanax and Percodan after a minor surgery i had. Guess it affected me more then i realized.

Funny thing is I don't even drink alcohol but in my mind it all seemed very logical when i wrote it.

It's like when i was in hospital getting dilaudid shots every other hour after my big leg surgery last summer. I was frantically trying to explain to my sister if we didn't hide our family heirlooms ASAP the Lannisters would seize the opportunity to take them from us. Seeing as i was out of commission and could no longer protect us from them..
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Unread postby Rhody74 » 2 months ago

Just kidding, Egram. Hope you feel better. We need lucid fans!
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Unread postby EGram » 2 months ago

Np, just gotta be more careful in the future. Thankfully my Xanax script runs out early next week and i have no plans to ask for another refill.

Not sure why my Doc thought it was a good idea to prescribe the highest possible dose (2mg) 2-3x a day. To someone who had never taken a sedative before. Granted i'm a big guy, 6ft 3in 200lb. who usually requires more then the average recommended dose. But that + 4x 10mg Percodans a day seems excessive.

Anyways back to BRU, They pretty much shaped my taste in music when i first heard "1979, "Tonight, Tonight", and Everlong" as a kid.

I feel like a piece of my adolescence has died.

A few years ago i was inspired to write this about "1979" on reddit and facebook. I still feel it's one of the best things i've ever written.

My friends didn't have much money, but we had plenty of time. Time to ride around in an old car doing burnouts and other dumb shit. Time to crash parties. Time to get involved in some light debauchery. Time to rail against authority when it came down on you after you flex a little freedom.
It felt like it would never end. We were always bored and waiting. Waiting to go to college, waiting to be un-grounded, waiting for that stupid class to end. Waiting for total freedom.

We had so much time, and we were always waiting, feeling like we're on the cusp of something else. Something bigger, something better, something different. The problem is that freedom comes so slowly that you don't realize when you finally have it, you've dumped responsibilities into the mix. These days you have no time, and you don't spend any time waiting. Everything must happen now. Now you have to get up for work at a shitty career you never thought you'd end up in to support the family you never thought you'd have with what sounds like more money than you ever thought you'd earn, but it is all spent so damn quickly.

You sit back and wonder where it all went. What changed? What happened? One day you were bored and restless waiting on the cusp of something else. Something big.

The millstone around your neck grows so slowly you never notice it until it's unbearable.
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Unread postby Puck Frovidence » 2 months ago

Somewhat related, Grant Hart from Husker Du died yesterday. Huge bummer.

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Unread postby NYGFan_Section208 » 2 months ago

EGram wrote:Np, just gotta be more careful in the future. Thankfully my Xanax script runs out early next week and i have no plans to ask for another refill.

Not sure why my Doc thought it was a good idea to prescribe the highest possible dose (2mg) 2-3x a day. To someone who had never taken a sedative before. Granted i'm a big guy, 6ft 3in 200lb. who usually requires more then the average recommended dose. But that + 4x 10mg Percodans a day seems excessive.

Anyways back to BRU, They pretty much shaped my taste in music when i first heard "1979, "Tonight, Tonight", and Everlong" as a kid.

I feel like a piece of my adolescence has died.

A few years ago i was inspired to write this about "1979" on reddit and facebook. I still feel it's one of the best things i've ever written.

My friends didn't have much money, but we had plenty of time. Time to ride around in an old car doing burnouts and other dumb shit. Time to crash parties. Time to get involved in some light debauchery. Time to rail against authority when it came down on you after you flex a little freedom.
It felt like it would never end. We were always bored and waiting. Waiting to go to college, waiting to be un-grounded, waiting for that stupid class to end. Waiting for total freedom.

We had so much time, and we were always waiting, feeling like we're on the cusp of something else. Something bigger, something better, something different. The problem is that freedom comes so slowly that you don't realize when you finally have it, you've dumped responsibilities into the mix. These days you have no time, and you don't spend any time waiting. Everything must happen now. Now you have to get up for work at a shitty career you never thought you'd end up in to support the family you never thought you'd have with what sounds like more money than you ever thought you'd earn, but it is all spent so damn quickly.

You sit back and wonder where it all went. What changed? What happened? One day you were bored and restless waiting on the cusp of something else. Something big.

The millstone around your neck grows so slowly you never notice it until it's unbearable.


"Millstone"? Yikes! High school and college were great, awesome at times even...but having a family, career, and opportunities to do stuff...blows that away...but I guess it's like they say..."your actual mileage may vary"
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Unread postby EGram » 2 months ago

Not trying to say having family or career does not have it;s own joys. They are just different joys then the one's many of us hoped for as a kid. Maybe i am odd but at some level i think i secretly wanted to be 19 forever.

At one point 100% thought my Fiance was the love of my life at age 20. Indeed since then i have never seen two people with such Animus. But adulting, and responsibilities got in the way. Eventually it made me realize how naive and idealistic my mindset had been. Indeed, How both of our Mindsets had been, we were teenagers who knew the Asnwers to everything. Having a relationship from schools half a world-away would be easy right?

Those kids i did everything with as a kid? One of them just died the other month at age 30 of a heart attack (in good shape and only smoked weed), a few years before that another friend suddenly shot himself in the face.. Personally I see the millstone as age and responsibility. Sadly i;ve seen it destroy and irrecoverably changes many people over the past decade or so.
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