Joe Lee

Director & General Manager

I've loved music for as long as I can remember.  As a boy I often found myself thumbing through my mother's records and staring at the album cover artwork.  It's how I developed the biggest crush on Minnie Riperton and Natalie Cole.  I later discovered many treasures among her modest collection including original releases of John Coltrane's Blue Train and Lush Life recordings.  As a teen, I ventured off into the world of Depeche Mode, The Smiths and The Police, but it was public radio that brought me home to my roots.  Listening to the local public radio station in my hometown (Baltimore, MD) provided opportunity for greater music appreciation.

Discovering public radio through my love of music has turned into a 20+ year career in public broadcasting.  I started working for my hometown public radio station (WEAA) in 1987 and, after a few years there as Music Director and Program Director, accepted a position at Syracuse University and WAER.  It was WAER's dual format of music and NPR news that made me the public radio junkie I am today.  One of the more rewarding aspects of my job is working with the talented students that walk through our doors everyday and, after 20+ years, I am fortunate to count many of them among my dearest friends.  Most of all I enjoy engaging our listeners, donors and business partners because they get what public radio is all about - a platform that allows us to enlighten, engage and entertain without hype or sensationalism.

Ways To Connect

Legendary rock pioneer and Syracuse University/WAER alumnus, Lou Reed, died Sunday at 71.

NPR

A new NPR voice will quickly become one of the most-heard in radio broadcasting. Sabrina Farhi joins NPR as the first on-staff Announcer – voicing all broadcast and digital underwriting credits. Listeners will begin to hear Farhi’s own articulation of “Support for NPR comes from…” in November, as she reminds audiences of the multitude of Member stations, corporations and institutions who contribute funding to NPR and public radio. “Out of hundreds of voices, Sabrina’s immediately stood out for its warmth and conversational approach,” says Eric Nuzum, vice president of NPR Programming. “We think listeners and supporters will find her engaging.”

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.

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