The first broadcast was on June 15, 1978. The studios were located in the basement of Helmke Library with a group of work-study students making up the largest portion of the staff. Initially there were no Sunday broadcasts. Thomas Jamrose, assistant director of University Relations, was the station's first general manager. Jerry Davis was program director and Mike Venable production director. Chief engineers were Ron Roberts and Ron Crouch. The program guide, Modulations, was introduced in January 1981. By 1982 it was clear that the university could no longer subsidize the station, and on January 15, 1982, the station's FCC license was transferred to PBNI (Public Broadcasting of Northeast Indiana). 89.1fm became WBNI and is now WBOI.
Source: Current (August 1988), 15-16.