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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). WRBB–FM. (Radio station: Boston, Mass.)
Title:WRBB–FM. (Radio station: Boston, Mass.) records
Date:1966–2006 (bulk 1996–2000)
Reference Code:A111
Location Code:35/1-2
Extent:2.35 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the administration and operation of WRBB radio station. The bulk of the records are administrative, consisting of correspondence, meeting agenda and minutes, financial records, program books, and budget files. A smaller portion comprises operational records and includes on–air promotions, broadcast schedules, DJ tests, song lists, and promotional flyers for the station. There is 1 cubic foot of audio material including audio reels, cassette tapes, and CDs which includes program broadcasts election coverage, public service announcements, commercial studio recordings/promotional material, and the Curry Center dedication broadcast.
Historical Abstract:

WRBB, Northeastern University's student radio station, was formed as WNEU in 1962 when a student group known as the Husky Hi–liters began broadcasting out of a small room in the basement of Ell Student Center. The Hi–liters were responsible for the University student broadcasting system which informed students of campus events and activities. In December 1962, the station began transmitting on AM radio, expanding its reach to include two dorms and other locations around campus. The following year, WNEU became an affiliate of ABC radio and provided news coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. In 1968 the radio station welcomed its first female announcer, Donna Halper, who broadcasted a nightly show called "Full Circle". In 1970 the radio station moved to FM and changed its call letters to WRBB, the RBB standing for Rock Back Bay. As a non–commercial station, it transmitted at 10 watts on 91.7 FM.

An FCC ruling in 1978 required all stations operating at 10 watts to boost their power to 100 watts or move to another frequency. The ruling was meant to prevent small radio stations from interfering with larger commercial stations on neighboring frequencies. With limited space in a crowded airwave, WRBB's application for an increase in wattage ran out, and in 1982 the station was forced to move to its present location at 104.9 FM. As a "secondary" station, it shared the space with WVCA in Gloucester. WRBB's signal remains at 10 watts which limits its reach to a two and one–half mile radius from its transmitter located in the Curry Center. WRBB continues to transmit on 104.9 FM, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, playing a variety of music and providing extensive coverage of the University's sports teams. The station has since added a live stream broadcast on its website:

Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). WNEU
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). WRBB

  • College radio stations –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • College students –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Radio stations –– Massachusetts –– Boston
  • Student activities –– Massachusetts –– Boston.

Conditions Governing Access:Administrative and Operational records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel Records (box 1, folder 3, and folder 4) are restricted for 75 years from date of creation.
Technical Access:One 3 ¼ inch floppy disk in Box 3 does not open.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:The collection was transferred from the WRBB Radio Station, 15 January 2008.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Related Archival Materials:

Student Activities Office records (A45), Gerald H. Herman papers (M168)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cheryl Ostrowski, November, 2011