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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Live Music
10:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Jazz Fest Night 2 Highlights

Retro-funk group, Sophistafunk, shows why they are a regional favorite.
Joe Lee

Despite the rain on Saturday, hardcore jazz fans showed up to Jamesville Beach for some magical moments.  Here's what you missed if you stayed away.

SU Basketball
7:27 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Michael Carter-Williams Headed to Philly as No. 11 Pick

Michael Carter-Williams
Credit zimbio.com

And with the number 11 pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers choose... Michael Carter-Williams, point guard  from Syracuse!  For the former Orange point guard, the Philly selection is a bit of a reunion as he reunites with BABC teammate Nerlens Noel, who was dealt to the 76ers after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans at pick number 6.  Carter-Williams said, "I'm really excited.  Me and Nerlens grew up together.  We're best friends.  It's like a dream come true."

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Live Music
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NE Jazz & Wine Festival Announces Lineup

Gerald Veasley headlines the festival lineup
smoothvibes.com

CNY Jazz held a press conference today at CNY Jazz Central to reveal the 2013 NE Jazz & Wine Festival lineup.  Taking place in Clinton Square July 26-27, the festival will again feature two days of free jazz, smooth jazz and R&B programming on three stages.

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9:21 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Blues Man Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dead at 83

Lead in text: 
Blues and soul balladeer Bobby 'Blue' Bland died on Sunday in Memphis.
Bobby (Blue) Bland, the debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues, died on Sunday in Memphis. He was 83. The cause was complications from an ongoing illness, The Associated Press reported, quoting his son Rodd.
11:57 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Newhouse School To Name New Studios After Legendary Dick Clark

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The Newhouse school announced plans to rename its newly renovated studios after legendary icon and alumnus Dick Clark '51.
The Newhouse School today revealed plans to name its renovated studio facilities Dick Clark Studios in honor of legendary entertainer and alumnus Dick Clark '51. The announcement was made by Clark's widow, Kari Clark, at the school's annual Mirror Awards ceremony honoring excellence in media industry reporting.

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