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WERS (88.9 FM) is one of Emerson College's two radio stations (the other being campus station WECB), located in Boston, Massachusetts. Student-run and professionally managed, it serves eastern New England an eclectic mix of musical genres, and more live performances than any other station in the region. Programming features over 20 different styles of music and news, including live performances and interviews. WERS stands as the first non-commercial radio station in New England, and has been in operation since November 1949. Among the founders of the station was WEEI program director Arthur F. Edes, who first taught broadcasting courses at Emerson in 1932 and helped to plan a campus radio station. The chief architect of WERS in its early years was Professor Charles William Dudley.

CityBoston, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
Branding88.9 WERS
Slogan"Boston's Music Discovery"
Frequency88.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)W243BG (96.5, New Bedford)
W268AM (101.5, Gloucester)
First air dateNovember 14, 1949[1]
FormatEclectic/Triple A
HD2: Show tunes "Standing Room Only"
ERP4,000 watts
HAAT186 meters
Facility ID19482
Transmitter coordinates42°21′8.00″N 71°3′25.00″W / 42.3522222°N 71.0569444°W / 42.3522222; -71.0569444 (WERS)Coordinates: 42°21′8.00″N 71°3′25.00″W / 42.3522222°N 71.0569444°W / 42.3522222; -71.0569444 (WERS)
Callsign meaningEmerson Radio Station
Former frequencies88.1 MHz (1949–1950)
OwnerEmerson College
WebcastListen Live
HD2: Listen Live



Broadcast translators of WERS
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W243BG 96.5 New Bedford, Massachusetts 142088 55 D 41°38′25″N 70°55′3″W / 41.64028°N 70.91750°W / 41.64028; -70.91750 (W243BG) FCC
W268AM 101.5 Gloucester, Massachusetts 138772 38 D 42°37′28″N 70°39′15″W / 42.62444°N 70.65417°W / 42.62444; -70.65417 (W268AM) FCC

In June 2007, WERS inaugurated a translator station on 96.5 MHz in New Bedford, Massachusetts, relaying WERS's programming to New Bedford and nearby communities. Another translator, on 101.5 MHz in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Cape Ann, went on the air in July 2008.

Critical acclaimEdit

According to The Princeton Review, WERS is the #1 college radio station in America, an award the station has won or come close to winning almost every year since The Princeton Review started ranking colleges.[2]

WERS is the most highly rated student-run college radio station in the US.[citation needed] In the Boston market (10th largest in the nation), WERS's daytime programming usually ranks at 20th to 25th.[citation needed]


WERS has an eclectic block format. It has a Triple A "Daytime" format between 2 am and 10 pm Monday through Friday. On weeknights WERS has an urban format, R&B slow-jams and soul on "The Secret Spot." A directive from the college resulted in the cancellation of their Reggae show "Rockers" and Hip-Hop show "88.9@Night."[3]

On weekends the station features "Family-Friendly" programming, which includes "The Playground" (kids' music) Saturdays from 6 am to 10 am and Sundays from 6 am to 7 am (formerly broadcast on Saturday and Sunday evenings); "Standing Room Only" (showtunes) on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm and Sundays from Noon to 2 pm; and "All A Capella" on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm. On Sundays they broadcast Yiddish Klezmer and Israeli Music from 8 am to 11 am and services from the First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist from 11 am to Noon.

WERS also features news programming on weekdays during drive time commutes, and the award-winning public affairs show "You Are Here" Sunday mornings from 7 to 8 am.

WERS podcasts "You Are Here", available at


In the late 1990s and mid-2000s, WERS featured a successful sports-themed program, “Sports Sunday”, which aired Sundays from noon to 2 pm. The program won three consecutive Associated Press annual awards for student sports programming (2002, 2003, and 2004.) Guests of the show included former basketball great Bill Walton, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Paul DuPont, Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, former Northeastern University Men’s Hockey head coach Bruce Crowder, columnist James Murphy, and columnist Bob Snow.

Former show hosts include Lon Nichols (current anchor for KLKN in Lincoln, Nebraska), Lowell Galindo (current ESPNU anchor), Tom Gauthier (current radio broadcaster and director of media relations for the Bowling Green Hot Rods), Justin Termine (current anchor and producer for NBA Radio on Sirius), Mike Gastonguay (interned as an associate producer for KXTA’s “Loose Cannons”), Matt Porter (Palm Beach Post Miami Hurricanes beat reporter), Steve Crowe (Boston Globe part-timer) and Ryan Heisler (noted triathlete).


  1. ^ Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1940s". The Archives @ Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "Best 361 College Rankings". The Princeton Review.
  3. ^ Emerson’s WERS radio cancels ‘Rockers’ and ‘88.9@night’, two late-night music programs

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