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  • Maybe I was destined for a career in radio when I built my first stereo receiver from a Heathkit box…then later spent time running wires over beer-stained floors for local bands in Colorado bars. I remember becoming enamored with Public Radio's story-telling style covering an exiled music group that had come to Syracuse from El Salvador. The piece involved interviewing through an interpreter and mixing in the music with a strongly-political story of death squads. Over the next 23 years I’ve enjoyed covering the issues, people, events, challenges and accomplishments of Central New York.
  • Born and raised in Syracuse, Cora Thomas began working at Syracuse University in 1988. Cora has been a radio personality for over 20 years. In addition to hosting her weekly Sunday Morning Gospel program, Cora spends her weekdays as WAER's Office Manager.
  • Thanks for visiting my page. My career has been quite the journey and it's a long road before I arrived to WAER. As a kid, I was always intrigued by microphones, singers and music. My parents bought me a tape recorder at 5 1/2 (if you can still relate) and I began telling stories and singing like I was Bobby Vinton. I'm Polish, so I like Polkas too! Anyhow, I'd play myself back and keep practicing. I grew up with a severely handicapped brother, Shawn. He caught Spinal Meningitis at three and a half weeks old and it left him with severe brain damage and he was permanently bedridden. So, I had some downtime while my parents took care of him. When I reached 11 years-old I also took up ventriloquism and entertained my bro. It was all of the conversations I couldn't have with him. Shawn couldn't speak, he could only make sounds and had a beautiful smile. Eventually, I took my act to kids shows on WSTM Channel 3; The Saturday Showboat and the STM Club and continued performing on TV for most of my teenage years. I also performed in the Dairy Products Building at the State Fair. It was also during my early teens that I kept practicing making radio demo tapes in my room, complete with turntables and a mixer! Finally, I won a Junior DJ contest to appear as a Co-Host on a local Morning Radio Show at 15 1/2 with Big Mike Fiss (now on Sunny 102) and I've been on-the-air ever since. Radio became my new focus after I won the contest. That is until less than a week later after I appeared on-the-air, WSYT-TV, Fox 68 in Syracuse called and offered me a job to voice promos for their fall kids contest. I've been doing voice-overs ever since. I continued to play the hits on two Top 40 stations, served as a Morning Show Host on a Rock Station, and an Afternoon Drive Personality on an Adult Contemporary Radio Station for which I also served as a Music Director. I've had the opportunity to meet many celebrities and even introduced concert acts in front of thousands of people at the State Fair, Turning Stone Casino and Oswego's Harborfest. What an adrenaline rush ! All that practicing really paid off !
  • When I came to Syracuse University in 2014, I knew I wanted to go into journalism, and I was pretty sure I wanted to do television. When I was looking for ways to report outside of class, one of my professors recommended I start working at WAER. It wasn’t tv, but I thought it was a good place to start.
  • Musician and photographer Larry Hoyt hosts the weekly program Common Threads which features an entertaining mix of traditional folk music and selections from the growing field of acoustically-based singer/songwriters.
  • Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at srwillis@syr.edu.