Program Schedule Changes

Dear listener,

We have some exciting news to share with you.  In response to an increased demand for news and information, WAER plans to add to its daytime lineup an extensive offering of news programs with a broad international and national focus, while maintaining a strong commitment to jazz.  Our jazz music programming will now feature the premier voice in local jazz music, Eric Cohen, live at night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Over the past year, we have researched the listening needs and preferences of our audience.  The results have indicated a desire for more news and information programming on WAER.  The research also highlights the challenges of building a steady and consistent audience when the broadcast day features multiple formats.  As a result, WAER will now feature news and information from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday followed by jazz music weeknights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

We are committed to expanding news programming while also maintaining our dedication to preserving jazz as an American art form.

During the day, you'll hear quality programs not currently found on the FM dial locally, such as BBC Newshour, The Takeaway and The World.  We will also bring you public radio favorites On Point and Here & Now.  These programs feature solid, credible reporting and a variety of voices, cultures and ideas, along with an international flair that serves the needs and interests of the Syracuse University and Central New York communities.

The voice of jazz in Syracuse, Music Director Eric Cohen, will be charged with creating an exciting jazz program weeknights on WAER that promises consistency in its delivery and depth in its playlist.

Weekends will now feature entertainment programs like Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, Ask Me Another, Snap Judgment and Bullseye.  View the PDF file below for descriptions for the new programs.

Of course, our rich tradition of award-winning sports coverage continues, including play-by-play broadcasts of Syracuse University basketball, football, and lacrosse.

You won't have to wait long for these changes.  WAER will premiere its new schedule on Monday, June 30th.  A copy of the schedule can be found below.

We thank you for your continued support of WAER and for helping us build a better public media service for Central New York.