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

Nora McInerny

5 hours ago

  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.

Tom Honan

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.

  During a celebration held on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Sean McDonough (SU '84) and Bill Roth (SU '87) were both inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame.  The program highlighted each inductees contributions to the sports broadcasting industry and their connection and contributions to Syracuse University noncommercial radio station, WAER, where both served as student broadcasters in the sports department.

Mel Rodz Photography

CNY Jazz Central Executive Director, Larry Luttinger, seems to have hit his stride with the NE Jazz & Wine Festival by connecting people's passion for music and wine and presenting it in an urban setting.  He will do so again July 25-26 in Clinton Square with the 2014 iteration of the popular event.

Dana Sulit

WAER inducted celebrated broadcaster Mike Tirico into its Hall of Fame on February 28, 2014 in a ceremony on the Campus of Syracuse University.

Enjoy these images from the evening's festivities.

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