WRIU’s most famous alum, Jim Norman ‘57, was one of many to answer our call for stories celebrating the station’s 75th anniversary:
“In those days, the station was licensed as a closed-circuit AM station broadcasting only to campus buildings wired for reception. However, unbeknownst to all but a few, some enterprising station “engineers” had strung a wire around the entire Quad, using the trees as anchors. We were broadcasting to a wide area with an illegal signal.
“It seems that one day, when a plane was coming in for a landing at Quonset, the pilot was getting our music broadcast instead of official radio transmissions.
“The officer informed the student station manager that the wire was to be taken down immediately, and as long as he had assurance it would stay down, he’d chalk it up to a student prank. Under close Navy supervision, the wire was removed posthaste. The axes, as it turned out, were not needed.
“A few years later, we made the transition to FM and were permitted to broadcast to a fairly wide audience.”
Jim, the legendary “Voice of the Rams” and member of the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Broadcasters Hall of Fame, spent three decades behind the microphone, covered 1,286 consecutive Rhody football and men’s basketball games, and anchored the sports information office at URI for decades. Thanks to him and everyone else who shared WRIU stories. Read the WRIU story in this issue of QuadAngles, and keep sending them for an online extra.