WRVU is a college radio station broadcasting a Variety radio format; though it originally broadcast on 91.1 FM, and then broadcast over an HD Radio subchannel, The station now only streams to internet radio listeners. Licensed to Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the station serves Vanderbilt University. The station is currently owned by Vanderbilt Student Communications.
The station is run by student volunteers from VU, although many of its disc jockeys are Vanderbilt alumni or community volunteers. As with most student-operated college stations, its general focus is to play independent-label music. From the 1970s until the mid-2000s (with the sign-on of WRFN-LP), WRVU was practically the only widely accessible outlet for the area's underground music acts to have their recordings get airtime.
Beginning on June 7, 2011, WRVU moved to online-only broadcasts. This change followed the execution of an asset purchase agreement and management programming agreement by Vanderbilt Student Communications and Nashville Public Radio, owners of WPLN-FM. Under the purchase agreement, Vanderbilt Student Communications agreed, subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, to assign its broadcast license and other tangible assets to WPLN for the purchase price of $3.35 million. Under the management programming agreement, Nashville Public Radio has converted the main broadcast signal into a full-time classical music station, with new call letters of WFCL. On September 1, 2011, WRVU returned to over-the-air broadcasts, and was heard on WPLN's HD-3 signal, until May 22, 2014, when WRVU went to be an Internet Only Station.
The license for WRVU expired on August 1, 2012. On March 26, 2012, Vanderbilt Student Communications, still the licensee of WRVU-FM, filed an application to renew the license. On July 2, 2012, WRVU Friends & Family, a Nashville-based non-profit organization whose members are past and present WRVU DJs and listeners, Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff, members of the Nashville community, and supporters of college radio, filed a petition to deny renewal of WRVU's license, arguing that Vanderbilt Student Communications did not have the authority to enter into the purchase and programming agreements with Nashville Public Radio; that Vanderbilt Student Communications had breached several FCC Rules and Regulations; and that renewal of the license while the agreements with Nashville Public Radio is not in the public interest. The FCC renewed the license of WFCL and approved the transfer of the license to Nashville Public Radio on March 18, 2014.