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

Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, the first performer at Woodstock, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 72.  While he was known internationally for his excellent guitar work and cover songs, his death hits close to home here in Central New York.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, knew him well on both personal and professional levels.

"For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist

Tia Fuller JAMS Syracuse

Apr 17, 2013
Keith Major

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April is a celebration of the history, culture and relevancy of jazz as an art form. WAER  Syracuse Public Media is continuing its annual celebration of JAM with a performance by an extraordinary modern jazz artist, Tia Fuller.    Fuller is known for her artful mastery of the saxophone. She has performed with R&B star, Beyoncé and is featured on the Beyoncé Experience DVD. She has also played with Esperanza Spalding, Jon Faddis, T. S. Monk  and Nancy Wilson.

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