Joe Lee

Director & General Manager

Joseph Lee (Joe) is the Director and General Manager of WAER FM, a 50,000 watt National Public Radio affiliate owned and operated by Syracuse University.  His 30 year career in public media has been focused on providing enriching content that educates, enlightens, and informs civil discourse and cultural expression.

Recently, under his direction, WAER has combined traditional news reporting with the power of community engagement by creating the award-winning City Limits Poverty Project, a year-long examination of rising poverty in Syracuse, NY.  Prior to joining Syracuse University in 1992, Joe served as Program Director at WEAA FM licensed to Morgan State University in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.  He hosts the podcasts The 3-1-5 and Pop Life for WAER and his personal blog and podcast Life in HD.

Connect on Twitter: @jblee883

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For some, fitness is a year-round commitment.  For others, getting in shape is a sporadic exercise.  How we shape and condition our bodies is important to how we feel emotionally and physically and we put a lot of emphasis on exercise and diet to look the best that we can.  But are we paying as much attention to what we put in our bodies to achieve optimal health?


Managing Chronic Pain

Jun 11, 2019

With about 2 million Americans suffering from opioid addiction, the nation’s healthcare system has tried to perform an extraordinary balancing act – help patients who suffer from chronic pain while also aggressively combating the opioid epidemic.  


Can Money Buy Happiness?

Apr 22, 2019
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It is a heavily researched question and the consensus is…yes, it can.  One of the key benefits that money provides is safety and security.  Having enough money eliminates anxiety when shopping or making large purchases.  Money also affords you memorable life experiences that bring joy and happiness, allows you to help loved ones, and give back to your community.


Nora McInerny

Apr 16, 2019

  Within months of each other, Nora McInerny was grief-stricken by the death of her husband, the death of her father, and miscarriage of her second child.  In her book No Happy Endings, the host of the American Public Media podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking describes how she faced the reality of being changed by loss without completely being defined by it.  

WAER's Joe Lee visits a local barbershop to gather Syracuscans' reactions to the poverty issue and provide context fo the City Limits project.

If you like what you hear find more content from the project at CityLimitsProject.org . And subscribe in ITunes for automatic delivery of new episodes.

Debate Fact Check

Oct 19, 2016

Frahm-Hingtgen comes to WAER-Syracuse University from KMST public radio operated by Missouri University of Science & Technology where she most recently served as the station’s Program Director.

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Syracuse singer Ronnie Leigh says his ears and vocal cords perked up immediately when he first heard the sound of Frank Sinatra. Leigh will take on songs from the legend as part of a show Dec. 10 at Drumlins. Hear about the connection in this edition of Mark Bialczak's Mark It Up podcast.

WAER Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Roth '87, has been announced as the new voice of UCLA men's football and basketball broadcasts.

Of Wine and Brothers

Dec 12, 2014

  The U.S. wine industry produces over 836 million bulk gallons of wine annually and the Syracuse area has its fair share of wine shops, discount liquor stores and even a few wine producers.  That's not unique to an area of our size.  What is perhaps unique, though, is that two brothers own and operate separate, similarly sized wine shops imprinted with their distinct antithetical personalities.

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