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

In speaking to a group newspaper editors, Syracuse basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, disagrees with the notion of paying college athletes.

2 time SU artist-in-residence and instructor, Carrie Mae Weems, has been named one of 24 MacArthur Fellows for 2013.

Film Producers

The Graveyard is not for the timid.  The Graveyard is not for the weak.  The Graveyard is not for the weak-of-heart.  It sits in the middle of downtown Albany, NY and it is the subject of a new documentary on "streetball".

One of the United States' most renown Buddhist Monks, Bhikkhu Bodhi, is making a rare appearance at Syracuse University on September 16, 2013 in Hendricks Chapel. His visit kicks off a local hunger initiative.

Salt City Five Co-founder Jack Maheu Dead at 83

Aug 29, 2013

Jack Maheu, whose career as a top jazz clarinetist spanned more than 50 years and included many appearances in Upstate New York, died on Aug. 27, 2013, in Ithaca. He was 83 years old.  Maheu had suffered a severe stroke in 2006 and had been living at an Ithaca nursing home for the past several years.

Veteran broadcaster Marty Glickman, Syracuse University class of 1939, is the subject of a new documentary produced by HBO.

16 year old New Zealand native, Ella Yelich-O'Connor and her band Lorde perform one of the biggest hits of the summer, "Royals"

Joe Lee

Veteran sports broadcaster Ian Eagle '90 was inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame on Friday August 16, 2013 at the Joseph I Lubin House in Manhattan, NY.

Eagle is most notably known as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn Nets on the YES network for the past 18 seasons.  His work on YES earned him a New York Emmy for play-by-play earlier this year.  In addition to his Nets duties, Eagle also broadcasts NFL football, NCAA basketball and Tennis for CBS Sports.

Ex-Governor George Pataki is expected to testify about how more that 100 sex offenders came to be involuntarily institutionalized.

Catching your favorite acts in concert this summer is proving to be an expensive endeavor.

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