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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12:04 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

SU LAX in the Big East Semifinals

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Number 5 Syracuse (11-3) takes on number 6 Notre Dame (10-3) for the second time in 6 days.
In a unique twist, No. 5 Syracuse (11-3) finds itself squaring off against No. 6 Notre Dame (10-3) for the second time in six days when the 2013 BIG EAST Championship commences on Thursday, May 2. The Orange and Irish meet at 4:30 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.
1:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Country Star George Jones Dead at 81

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Country star George Jones died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Friday at the age of 81.
(CNN) -- George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music -- including "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- has died, according to his public relations firm.
Live Music
11:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Grupo Pagan Highlights CFAC Jazz and Wine

Grupo Pagan
Credit Grupo Pagan

The Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse has been an established cultural epicenter of Central New York since its founding in 1972. This Friday evening, the CFAC is opening its doors and offering the community a chance to engage with and support its mission. In partnership with Syracuse Public Media WAER, the Folk Art Center is hosting An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tasting to wrap-up a month-long celebration of jazz appreciation. The event will feature the well-known talent of the locally based Latin American band, Grupo Pagan.

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Cohen's 10 Random Questions
11:45 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Ten Questions for Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller "Angelic Warrior"

In preparing for her upcoming Syracuse performance, saxophonist Tia Fuller spoke with afternoon jazz host and WAER Music Director Eric Cohen.  Eric believes that you can learn a lot about an artist by " asking a series of random questions to get a feel for what they are all about."

Take a listen and see if there are any "ah ha" moments for you.

Tia Fuller performs with her quartet in Syracuse Sunday April 28th at 3:00 PM at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood.  The program is the culmination of a month-long celebration of Jazz Appreciation.

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11:05 am
Thu April 25, 2013

2013-2014 Syracuse Stage Season

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The recently announced 2013-2014 Syracuse Stage season offers well-known classics mixed with exciting contemporary work.
Syracuse Stage announced its upcoming 2013-2014 season, offering well-known classics coupled with works that have created a significant buzz in New York, around the country and even the globe. The season will be dedicated to Arthur Storch (1925-2013), the founding producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage and former chair of the Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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