Memories of WBRU in the 1960s
New WBRU Logo Memories of WBRU
in the 1960s
Brown University

These pages were started in December 2004 in response to interest by the staff of BSR (Brown Student Radio) in historical archives of their sister station, WBRU FM, in Providence, RI.

In the fall of 1964, when I entered Brown University as a Freshman, WBRU AM, which had been around since 1936 as the oldest college radio station in the nation, was planning the birth of WBRU FM, a 20,000 watt commercial FM station.  WBRU-AM continued to operate, playing mostly rock; but the FM station had to tread lightly in the political waters and shied away from rock, playing primarily "Big Band" and "Popular" music, though some called it schmaltz (especially in the evening)!  Some time periods were devoted to jazz, classical, folk, and other music styles, along with news and Brown University sports.  I was the Program Director in those early days of 'BRU FM, which went on the air in February 1966 and was sold in August 2017, to be reinvented as an advanced digital media workshop at wbru.com (logo above left).

I offer this collection of 'BRU memorabilia for all interested parties.   Fred Brack, '68, Raleigh, NC

Update In July 2018, I updated this website to current HTML5 standards, reviewed all pages for broken links, and made each page as compatible as possible for mobile devices (i.e., smartphones).  I also solicited updates to the "Where Are They Now?" page (to which my favorite response has been:  "Thanks for doing this - you're insane, but thanks!").  If you encounter any problems, please contact me via the link at the bottom of each page.


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If you have contributions for this website, please contact me using the link at the bottom of each page.  (Most of this came from my own and Mark Jordan's archives, so add variety by contributing what YOU have!)

Fred Brack, '68
Raleigh, NC

NOTE:  The following people have been contacted so far (and acknowledged receipt in the order shown) regarding creation of this site.  Those with an asterisk (*) after their names have contributed historical pictures or sound clips or main text.  Mark Jordan*, Suzanne Schaffner Borstein*, Jack Edmonston*, Peter Tannenwald*, Les Blatt*, Charlie Sokoloff, Barb Bertsch Boyd, Don Berns, Jerry Hubeny*, Rich Brodsky, Ralph Begleiter, Andy Fisher, Janet Levy, Art Norwalk, Larry Maier, John Leistritz, Paul Payton*, Bob Mulholland, Harlan Hurwitz, Ken Ribet, Jim Brennan, Valerie Raymond, Roger Norton, George Hyde, Rich Barna, Ginger Heinbockel Ignatoff, Jon Cowan, Bob Cope, Jim Schantz, Jack Rose, Rob Sloan, Pete Leonard, Jack Liebmann, Don Harris*, Dave Pearce, Donna Bird, Adam Blistein, Dan Schneider, Peter Dursin, Sam Merrell, Fred Mattfield, John Hall, Vito Perillo, Jon Kertzer, Mike Kornblum, Tom Corddry, Dave Ogden, Rick Pike, Fred Taylor, Ronnie Dane, Moe Shore, Jon Elion, Linda Akerstrom Graham, Paul Gregutt, Lynette Pflanz Blake, Bob Weaver.  We are still looking for or have not heard from:  Dave Corry, John Meier, Curt Hahn, Paul Forest, Doug Shafner, Joe Ondrick, Wendy Judge Tuller, Ed Tuller, Sandy Arnn, Jake Smith, Alan Blitzblau, Welles Sumner, Elliot Tarlin, Paul Downing, and a few others.
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