WRBB is a non-commercial, non-profit, free-form station run by students at Northeastern University in Boston providing the surrounding areas with a musical diversity not available on any of Boston’s commercial stations. In addition to an eclectic mix of shows, all major Northeastern basketball, baseball, and hockey games are also broadcasted live. There are lots of things going on with WRBB so stay tuned, check back often for updates, and spread the word about the hottest station in the Back Bay.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are we located?
WRBB broadcasts from the Curry Student Center 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We are located at 174 Curry on the first floor behind the center for community services.
What is WRBB’s history?
WRBB first began its broadcast on December 13, 1962 as WNEU, a carrier current station which only reached 2 dormitories. WNEU began to grow and soon gained more power and became WRBB 91.7. In 1970 the frequency changed from 91.7 to 104.9, and the current WRBB was born. WRBB is a Class D non-commercial radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and transmits from the campus of Northeastern University.
How do I get a radio show?
Getting a radio show at WRBB is easier than most people think. You are required to take a clearance class taught by WRBB’s student engineer. The class is open to all students as well as community members and is taught in our state of the art production studio. During the class, students will learn WRBB’s rules and regulations as well as become familiar with FCC regulations. Students will also be taught to run all the radio equipment needed to produce your very own radio show! After the clearance session, students are required to observe an e-board (executive board) member’s show for one hour. Finally, once all of the above is completed, students must complete a one-half hour off air demo tape showing the skills and knowledge that they have learned. Once this has been approved by the engineer at the station, the student may go to the program director to request a show. It really is not that difficult and can be done in less than a week!
Who runs the radio station?
WRBB is a 100% student-run organization overseen by the media advisor at Northeastern.
What does it mean to be a member and how do I become one?
There are different levels of involvement at WRBB. There are community members, student members and executive board members. Community members are non-students, either alumni or community members who hold a show on WRBB. These members usually are only limited to Saturday and Sunday morning shows but are still very much a part of the station and subject to the rules and regulations set forth by WRBB. These members must still pass a clearance class to get a show and shows given to these members are only given AFTER students receive shows for the semester. A majority of the students involved at WRBB are members. Members are students who are involved at the station from a very basic level. Student members usually hold a show at WRBB, attend station meetings, and help out at station events. Executive Board membership at WRBB is one of the highest levels of involvement that one can achieve during his or her time at WRBB. Becoming an “E-board member” at WRBB requires that the student member puts in a certain amount of volunteer time within the different departments of WRBB (General, Programming, Engineering, Sports, Music, or News). Once the student member achieves the proper volunteer time in each of the departments, they can be considered for an E-Board position. Only full time students may become members at WRBB. At no time may a community member or student outside of Northeastern University have membership status or sit on the executive board.
How do I get involved?
The easiest and best way to get involved in WRBB is to attend one of the several station general meetings held throughout each semester. Meeting dates and times are announced on the website as well as our Facebook and Twitter. At the general meetings, new students wishing to get involved can meet the proper members of the executive board, sign up for clearance classes, and find the way they would like to get involved at WRBB. It’s that easy!
What type of programming is aired on WRBB?
WRBB is a free-format college radio station. There is a wide variety of music played on WRBB from Rock to Rap, Electronic to Jazz, Blues to Gospel, WRBB has something for everyone. WRBB also hosts a variety of talk and specialty shows including weekend community shows, a weekly news show and sports talk show. WRBB also broadcasts all Northeastern Basketball, Hockey and Baseball games.
Are there Work Study or Co-op positions at WRBB?
WRBB offers a very limited number of paid work-study positions, which students can apply for based on their financial aid package. Interested students should contact the general manager at least 2 weeks before the semester starts if interested. WRBB is a student organization and students that who are involved as DJs do not receive any compensation.
Does WRBB do advertising?
No! WRBB is a non-commercial radio station. For companies interested in gaining exposure on WRBB, we do offer underwriting which is a form of advertising giving companies and organizations the chance to sponsor a Public Service Announcement over the airwaves. Please email Parker Brown for more information.
What if I still have questions?
If you have any questions that were not answered here, please refer to the e-mail directory on the website to contact the individual that you feel would best answer your question.