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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2:31 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

HBO Documentary on Marty Glickman Premiers in New York City

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Veteran broadcaster Marty Glickman, Syracuse University class of 1939, is the subject of a new documentary produced by HBO.
An HBO documentary set to premiere Saturday, Aug. 24, will thrust Syracuse University into the national spotlight for all the right reasons, all due to a very talented man.
10:42 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Lorde's Hot Summer Hit "Royals"

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16 year old New Zealand native, Ella Yelich-O'Connor and her band Lorde perform one of the biggest hits of the summer, "Royals"
More Favorite Sessions More Favorite Sessions NPR Music takes musicians out of the concert hall and off the beaten path for a series of surprising performances. Live performances from some of today's best bands, recorded exclusively by All Songs Considered.
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2:10 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Ian Eagle Inducted Into WAER Hall of Fame

Mary Evans and Ian Eagle
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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9:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Ex-Governor Pataki Sued Over Forced Psych Transfers

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Ex-Governor George Pataki is expected to testify about how more that 100 sex offenders came to be involuntarily institutionalized.
NEW YORK - Former New York Gov. George Pataki is expected to testify about how more than 100 sex offenders came to be involuntarily institutionalized eight years ago when they finished prison sentences. Tuesday's testimony comes in a civil trial in Manhattan federal court after six convicted sex offenders sued Pataki and the state.
11:04 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Summer Concert Tickets Scarce and Expensive

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Catching your favorite acts in concert this summer is proving to be an expensive endeavor.
It looks like the Rolling Stones are indeed on a roll with touring this year, commanding almost $8 million so far, according to PollStar, which tracks industry data. But other entertainment offerings also are doing well. (CNN) -- If someone in your house is mad for One Direction, get ready to lay out some serious cash.

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