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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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.
10:49 am
Thu September 26, 2013

2 Time SU Artist-In-Residence Named MacArthur Fellow

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2 time SU artist-in-residence and instructor, Carrie Mae Weems, has been named one of 24 MacArthur Fellows for 2013.
Carrie Mae Weems, a two-time SU artist-in-residence (1988 Light Work Gallery and 2005-06 VPA), instructor and ongoing collaborator in SU engagement projects, has been named one of 24 MacArthur fellows for 2013. The fellowships "recognize 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future," according to the MacArthur Foundation.
Film
3:10 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Urban Basketball Documentary Gets Its Premier in Central New York

Lloyd Johnson and others hoop it up
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".

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10:43 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Buddhist Monk to Discuss World Hunger at SU

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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.
The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, one of the United States' most renowned Buddhist monks, is making a rare appearance at Syracuse University. He will present the Syracuse Symposium event "Engaged Buddhism: Listening and Responding to World Hunger" on Monday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel, and will lead an SU Humanities Center-Mini Seminar on Tuesday, Sept.
Local Music
9:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Salt City Five Co-founder Jack Maheu Dead at 83


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.

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