|Broadcast area||Central New York|
|First air date||1 April 1947|
|Format||Jazz, news, sports|
|Call sign meaning||W Alpha Epsilon Rho|
WAER (88.3 FM) is a radio station in Syracuse, New York. It is located on the campus of Syracuse University, and is an auxiliary service of the school. The station features a jazz music and National Public Radio format, with a news and music staff providing programming around the clock.
It is best known for its sports staff, which has produced the likes of Bob Costas,Marv Albert, Dick Stockton, Mike Tirico,Sean McDonough, Bill Roth, Ian Eagle, Brian Higgins, Adam Schein, Hank Greenwald, Dave O'Brien, Andy Musser, Beth Mowins, Andrew Catalon, Carter Blackburn, Dave Pasch, Cory Provus, Jason Benetti, Todd Kalas and many others. Lou Reed also hosted a free-format show on WAER during his time at Syracuse University; this free-format radio tradition at Syracuse is carried on by WERW. Other alums include Ted Koppel,Jerry Stiller and Dick Clark.
The WAER sports staff is made up entirely of students. It provides daily sports updates as well as play-by-play for Syracuse University football, men's basketball, and men's lacrosse. A pregame show begins 30 minutes before each broadcast (Countdown to Kickoff, Tipoff, or Faceoff) with a halftime segment (Orange at the Half) and a postgame wrap-up (The Double Overtime).
The WAER talk show staff is student-run and puts on two types of show. One, the Double Overtime, airs after every football, basketball, and lacrosse game. This is a post-game call-in show that also includes a reporter, who explains what the coaches and players said to the media after the games. Some callers include former SU lacrosse All-American Ric Beardsley, as well as former SU basketball player Eric Devendorf.
The music department is organized by Eric Cohen, multiple-time winner of National Jazz Programmer of the Year. EC is one of the most well-respected and influential jazz DJs of the modern radio era (1970-present). Larry Hoyt is the longtime voice of Common Threads on WAER. Larry blends smooth vocals with whimsical folk melodies. Cora Thomas is the office supervisor and first lady of gospel music in Central New York, as she maintains a Sunday morning show on WAER airing from 6-8AM.
Since February 2010, WAER has partnered with Syracuse University's WERW 1570. WERW is a student-run, free-format station, which returned to the air in 2017 after six years of only being available through iTunes radio. The partnership has resulted in a weekly, 3-hour show, called Real College Radio on WAER, which is hosted by alternating reps of a select cohort of WERW DJs. The genre is Adult Album Alternative (AAA), and each DJ brings their own new flavor to the WAER offerings.