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City of license Elmhurst, Illinois
Broadcast area DuPage County, Illinois
Branding WRSE-FM, Elmhurst
Slogan Rock Alternative For All Ages
Frequency 88.7 (mHz)
First air date 1964
Format Rock/Metal/Hip-Hop/Oldies
Power 235 watts TPO
ERP 320 watts
HAAT 29.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 4299
Transmitter coordinates 41°53′46.00″N 87°56′45.00″W / 41.89611°N 87.94583°W / 41.89611; -87.94583
Callsign meaning Wired Radio Station Elmhurst (reflecting early years as a carrier-current station
Former callsigns WRS
Affiliations Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
Owner Elmhurst College
(Board of Trustees)

WRSE is a college radio station in Elmhurst, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.


WRSE strives to entertain and inform the Elmhurst College community, plus eastern and central DuPage County, with student-run non-commercial music and talk programs. Student staff members are afforded an opportunity to learn about and practice broadcasting.


  • 1947 - WRS begins as a carrier current station organized by communication vets returning from WWII.
  • 1963 - WRSE-FM begins licensed broadcast operation at 88.7mHz with 10 watts.
  • 1964 - Moved into new studios in College Union
  • 1986 - WRSE boosts power to 100 watts with a directional pattern.
  • 2002 - WRSE begins 24/7/365 operation with addition of computerized music automation system.
  • 2004 - WRSE begins live web stream.
  • 2008 – WRSE boosts power to 320 watts with a directional pattern.

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