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WSRU represents the call letters of two different organizations at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, both the student run television station, WSRU-TV, as well as the student run FM radio station, WSRU-FM (88.1).



WSRU-TV is completely student produced and run television broadcast production company.

Currently, WSRU-TV's studio is under construction, however, that has not stopped WSRU-TV from producing content outside of the studio.

WSRU-TV has been covering sporting events, such as football, basketball and soccer games, campus events, such as Jack Hanna's visit to Slippery Rock, and has been creating an outside the studio news broadcast continuing with the "Around the Rock" program.


Broadcast area Pennsylvania
Branding '
Slogan The voice of the Rock
Frequency 88.1 (MHz)
First air date September 20, 1991
Format Rock
ERP 100 watts
Class A
Owner Student Government Association and the Board of Trustees of SRU

WSRU (88.1 FM) is a 100 watt student operated radio station in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in western Pennsylvania. The station licensee, Slippery Rock University Board of Trustees and Student Government Association (SGA) is authorized by the Federal Communications Commission.


WSRU is Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania's campus radio station. It is owned by the Student Government Association and the Board of Trustees of SRU. It is operated at a "whopping" 100 watts of power (according to the station's legal sign-off for DJs), serving SRU and the surrounding community. WSRU is run entirely by SRU students and prides itself on providing diversity in its programming for the diverse student population.

  • 1963 - WNFT, a carrier current AM radio station, becomes a recognized student organization (SGA funded) at Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University). The station's radio programming is only heard in the residence halls and student union on SRSC campus.
  • 1970 - WNFT changes its student organization name to WRCK and logo "The Rock", for better association with college's nickname and music programming.
  • 1981 - The WRCK staff select Gregory Beat, Coordinator of Residence Education and Student Activities (Interim Director of University Union 1982-1983) during this time period, to serve as faculty advisor. He led the station based on his previous work and advisory experience with college radio facilities (WIUM, WVKC, WRKC).
  • 1990 - Slippery Rock University installs and activates a campus-wide digital telephone system. This, in effect, eliminates the broadcast of WRCK-AM, as its carrier current AM transmission was dependent on the old analog telephone lines to the campus residence halls. WRCK broadcasts to the lobby of the University Union for the entire 1990 - 1991 academic year .
  • 1990 - WRCK received a construction permit, number BPED-890424MK, for a non-commercial/educational FM license. The carrier current equipment is retired.
  • 1990 - Call letters: WRSK becomes effective on November 30.
  • 1991 - September 20, 1991-- First day on-air for WRSK.
  • 1992 - November 2, 1992-- Presidential hopeful Jerry Brown calls and is interviewed by Richard Hart, host of WSRU's only talk radio program, "Straight to the Hart."
  • 1994 - Torey Verts becomes the first female General Manager of WRSK.
  • 1995 - Dr. Deborah Cohen becomes advisor of WRSK.
  • 2006 - On December 1st, WRSK becomes WSRU
  • 2006 - Dr. Deb Cohen serves as faculty advisor for WSRU.
  • 2007 - Dr. Kurt Pitluga serves as faculty advisor for WSRU.

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