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.

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3:24 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Several Syracuse University Buildings Vandalized

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Several Syracuse University buildings were vandalized with spray paint overnight.
According to multiple photos being posted to Twitter, several buildings at Syracuse University were vandalized with spray paint overnight, including some with anti-administration messages.Some of the vandalism - such as "#1 in communication/last in free speech" and "$57,000 to take your finals" - appear to attack SU policies.
SU Basketball
10:32 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Orange Advance In Maui 92-81 Over Cal

WAER Sports Robert Bacaj and Ben Fontana broadcasting from Maui

Tyler Ennis scores 28 points to lead the No 8 Orange past Cal in the Maui Invitational 92-81.  Syracuse pulled away in the second half scoring 51 of its 92 points.  The team shot 55% from the field and hit 5 of 7 three-pointers.

The Orange benefited from balanced scoring as Trevor Cooney scored 23 points while C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant finished with 14 and 19 respectively.  Next up for the Orange is the winner of Baylor and Dayton.  You can catch all the action on 88.3 FM WAER.

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3:54 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Legendary Rock Pioneer Lou Reed Dead at 71

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Legendary rock pioneer and Syracuse University/WAER alumnus, Lou Reed, died Sunday at 71.
Lex van Rossen/MAI/Redferns Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.
Local News
12:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

NPR Hires First On-Staff Announcer, Funding Credits

Sabrina Farhi - The new voice of NPR funding credits
Credit 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.”

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11:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Syracuse's Boeheim Against Paying College Athletes

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In speaking to a group newspaper editors, Syracuse basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, disagrees with the notion of paying college athletes.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn't on board with paying college athletes. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse at an annual Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors, Boeheim said he's heard the most recent talk about paying college athletes and calls it ''the most idiotic suggestion of all time.'' Boeheim took exception with retired NBA star Chris Webber's complaint he received nothing after his team shirt was sold.

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