WRBB (104.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a variety format, run by the students of Northeastern University. Licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, United States, it serves the Greater Boston area. The station is owned by Northeastern and transmits from its main Boston campus. The station is funded through the Northeastern Student Activities fee.

Frequency104.9 MHz
BrandingWRBB 104.9 FM
FormatCollege radio
OwnerNortheastern University
FoundedDecember 13, 1962; 61 years ago (1962-12-13) (carrier current)
Former call signs
WNEU (carrier current)
Call sign meaning
"Radio Back Bay"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID49425
ERP19 watts
HAAT27 meters (89 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°20′19.00″N 71°5′28.00″W / 42.3386111°N 71.0911111°W / 42.3386111; -71.0911111
Public license information
WebcastListen Live

The station airs over 100 music and talk programs during a typical semester, encompassing a large variety of musical and topical genres. In addition, all major Northeastern hockey, basketball, and baseball games are also broadcast live. Despite its signal coverage within Boston, its 104.9 frequency collides with nearby WNKC, which covers the North Shore area.

History edit

The station went on the air on December 13, 1962, as carrier current outlet WNEU, broadcasting only to two dorm buildings on campus. In September 1970, the station began FM broadcasting as WRBB on 91.7 MHz. In 1982, the frequency changed to the current 104.9, due to interference from other stations and FCC rulings.

The station was one of the first college radio stations in the country to broadcast hip-hop music during the early 1980s.

On December 12, 2014, the station played the Oasis song "Don't Look Back in Anger" for 5 hours continuously in what was believed to be an apparent loop glitch. This was followed by one play of "Wonderwall", after which the stream returned to the original song. This was later inferred to be a reference to a popular John Mulaney sketch.[2]

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WRBB". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Michael Marotta (2014-12-12). "So, Northeastern's radio station has been playing Oasis 'Don't Look Back In Anger' on a loop for hours". Vanyaland. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ David Marchese (2019-08-26). "Wendy Williams wants to be the realest in the game". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-04-25.

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