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.
|Broadcast area||Greater Boston|
|Frequency||88.9 MHz (HD Radio)|
|Slogan||"Boston's Music Discovery"|
|Subchannels||HD1: WERS analog|
HD2: Show tunes "Standing Room Only"
First air date
|November 14, 1949|
|88.1 MHz (1949–1950)|
Call sign meaning
|Emerson Radio Station|
HD2: Listen live
|City of license||Facility
|Class||Transmitter coordinates||FCC info|
|W243BG||96.5||New Bedford, Massachusetts||142088||55||D||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.
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.
WERS is the most highly rated student-run college radio station in the US. In the Boston market (10th largest in the nation), WERS's daytime programming usually ranks at 20th to 25th.
WERS has an eclectic block format. On weekdays WERS has a Triple A format between 2 am and 10 pm Monday through Friday. But on weeknights WERS has an UC format featuring R&B slow jams and soul on "The WERS' Secret Spot", a directive from the college resulted in the cancellation of their Reggae show "WERS' Rockers" and the Hip-Hop show "88.9 @ Night".
On weekends the station features fun loving and energentic family friendly programming, which includes "The WERS' Weekend Morning Music Playground", a totally cool power hour of nonstop Kids' music every Saturday from 6 am to 10 am and every Sunday from 6 am to 7 am, "WERS' Standing Room Only" a block filled with Showtunes every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and every Sunday from Noon to 2 pm, and "WERS' All A Capella" every Saturday and Sunday 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 talk show "You Are Here with WERS" every Sunday morning from 7 to 8 am.
WERS podcasts "You Are Here", available at wers.org.
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, InsideHockey.com columnist James Murphy, and NHL.com 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).
- Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1940s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- "Best 361 College Rankings". The Princeton Review.
- Emerson’s WERS radio cancels ‘Rockers’ and ‘88.9@night’, two late-night music programs
- Official Website
- WERS Broadcast Stream
- WECB - Emerson's On-Campus Radio Station
- WERS in the FCC's FM station database
- WERS on Radio-Locator
- WERS in Nielsen Audio's FM station database