End of an era: WBRU off the airwaves

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – After more than half a century on the air, WBRU 95.5 FM signed off for the last time late Thursday night.

The beloved alt-rock station ended its 51-year tenure with “Fell in Love With a Girl” by the White Stripes.

At 11:59 p.m., the DJ turned the 95.5 signal over to its new owners with a final “WBRU, over and out,” followed only by the hiss of static.

The station was recently purchased by the owner of the K-Love network, which plays adult Christian music.

WBRU is run by Brown University students, who with their board decided to sell the signal due to decreased funding and other issues.

The station’s programming is still available online on their website. The first song WBRU played online at midnight was Green Day’s “Welcome to Paradise.”

WBRU officials have also said they may return to terrestrial radio sometime next year on a lower-power FM signal.