Board seeks buyer for Brown University student radio station

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Student-run station WBRU in Providence, R.I., is up for sale and could go off the air at any time, according to the Providence Monthly.

The magazine reports that the station’s board is shopping the Brown University station around to potential buyers. The station now airs alternative music.

According to the Monthly, the board is advising the station to put profits from the sale toward programming and focus less on running the station as a business. “Their plan is to create two 24/7 digital radio streams — one for alternative music, and one for the popular 360 programming that airs on Sundays — and to no longer have an FM signal,” writes the Monthly’s Julie Tremaine.

The Providence Journal reported in March that the station’s board had passed a resolution to look for buyers.

“We’ve arrived at this point only after exploring a wide range of financial options, yet the challenges we face are more than just financial,” WBRU GM and Brown University student Kishanee Haththotuwegama told the Journal. “We’re also faced with the reality that broadcast radio may not be the most engaging content distribution technology for the student workshop in the 21st century.”

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