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WBER is a listener and school district supported community radio station in Rochester, New York, United States, owned and operated by the BOCES, Monroe #1. The station was founded in 1985. The call letters correspond to BOCES Educational Radio, with the pre-1985 call letters (WRHR) corresponding to Rush Henrietta Radio, the original licensee of the station (the Rush-Henrietta Central School District). The station's playlist is Alternative radio, with some new titles added to the regular rotation via a "test track," listener-reporting mechanism. WBER also presents local concerts by popular performers.
|Broadcast area||Rochester, New York|
|Owner||Monroe BOCES #1|
First air date
|1975 (as WRHR)|
1987 (as WBER)
Former call signs
Call sign meaning
|BOCES Educational Radio|
As WRHR, the station was a student-run club operated out of the Rush Henrietta School District. The station was granted a low-power Class D license (10 watts) in 1975. The radio format was at first Top-40, and eventually included "alternative" music by bands such as the B-52's and Talking Heads. School board meetings were also broadcast on a tape-delayed basis. The school district provided support for students who broadcast live play-by-play basketball from schools within the local Section V scholastic athletic conference. In the first year of operation the Station Manager was Brad Landon, a High School Senior afflicted with muscular dystrophy, and Landon had the first show that was broadcast.
Partnership with Monroe BOCESEdit
In 1985 WRHR was acquired by the Monroe BOCES #1 Technology Department, renamed WBER (effective March 2, 1987), and upgraded to 2,500 watts. Since that time WBER has been serving the Rochester, NY and Western New York area as a training ground for students and other members of the community interested in learning about radio broadcasting. Through the BOCES partnership, WBER programming originates in part from area school districts, including Fairport, Webster, and Brighton.
New Wave Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jennifer V (former program director at the now defunct WMAX-Rochester), airs Wednesday mornings. It features New wave music, giveaways, and occasional guests. Jennifer V has won the City Paper's "Best Radio Personality" award, and has been highlighted in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Jennifer V's last show as host of New Wave Wednesday was June 19, 2019.
- "BEST OF ROCHESTER '09: Readers' Choice". Rochester City Newspaper. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- Wallace, Daniel (June 28, 2008). "'Jennifer V' thrives with people skills and passion". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.[dead link]
- WBER in the FCC FM station database
- WBER on Radio-Locator
- WBER in Nielsen Audio's FM station database