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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4:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pianist Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57

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Notable jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller passes in Allentown, PA at 57.
Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57. The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley.
3:40 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Newhouse Partners with City School District on Student Film Project

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Undergraduates from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University partnered with students from Fowler High School to produce three films.
Students from Syracuse's Fowler High School partnered with undergraduates from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to produce three films about life in the halls, classrooms and playing fields of Fowler. The Fowler students, Khang Tran, Phuc Do, Vincent Ndabaruta and Deemah Abdulwahed, participated in a 10-week seminar taught by Newhouse Professor Richard Breyer.
Live Music
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Local Band Explores the Pop Side of Jazz Music

Dave Solazzo & Bill Horrace

Jazz is one of those music genres that divides listeners into 3 basic categories: enthusiasts, acceptors, and avoiders.  Enthusiasts are those that are passionate about the music and it's history.  Acceptors might not necessarily know what they are listening to but often enjoy and accept what they are hearing.  Avoiders...well they need no definition.  The latest incarnation of the Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo Experience attempts to bridge some gaps between enthusiast and acceptor and perhaps snag an avoider or two.

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10:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Tension Between Pandora and Artists

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Despite 27,900 plays in the third quarter, recording artist Blake Morgan says he earned $1.62 from the popular internet music site Pandora.
In the third quarter of last year, Blake Morgan's songs were played on Pandora some 27,900 times. But the New York-based recording artist and label owner said he made only $1.62 from the popular Internet radio service.
Live Music
10:07 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Tia Fuller Wows the Palace Theatre Crowd

Tia Fuller on stage at the Palace Theatre
Credit Joe Lee

When the recorded audio introduction explaining the meaning of Angelic Warrior started, you knew that it was going to be a special performance.  Tia Fuller's grand entrance from the back of the house to the stage set the scene for an evening of high energy jazz improvisation that left the audience wanting more.  Weaving story-telling, audience engagement and energetic performances, Fuller and her band delivered a polished product worthy of closing out a special month dedicated to the preservation of jazz as an American art form.

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