In 1950, station manager James Leslie â52, pictured above, hosted an open house at the recently refurbished studios of WPRU, the student-run radio operation then in its 10th year. Broadcasting at 540 AM, the station adopted the slogan âthe bottom of the dial for the tops in style.â
WPRU's successor, WPRB, moved to the FM dial (103.3), but the student DJs still have the lofty aspirations of their predecessors. Later this year, the station will celebrate the 75 years on the air, and to mark the anniversary it has launched a new website, WPRBHistory.org, highlighting stories, recordings, and memorabilia from the past. The site includes an audio archive drawn from an eclectic mix ofÂ programming: an irreverent station ID from John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), recorded in 1986; a 22-minute Q&A with composer Leonard Bernstein; and a pair of interviews with menâs basketball coach Pete Carril and senior star Bob Scrabis â89 previewing the Tigersâ 1989 NCAA Tournament game against Georgetown.
Some of the most compelling content appears in a series of testimonials from station alumni such as Moe Rubenzahl â74, who writes, âI told my parents I was majoring in engineering. Truth be told, I majored in Radio Station.â