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The mission of WERS 88.9 FM is to train future leaders of the media industry while creating a high quality product for the Boston community and beyond that reflect our parent institution, Emerson College. WERS fulfills this mission everyday as a professionally managed, student-run station. Please read more about the professional staff members who help carry out the mission of WERS.
Jack began his radio career as a DJ at WBRL in Berlin, New Hampshire between his first and second year at Emerson College. By the time he was a senior, Jack was hosting the morning show at WAAB-AM, the leading top 40 station in Worcester. After graduation, Jack worked on the air at radio stations around the U.S. and Canada, and in 1975 he moved into the ranks of management in the Washington, D.C. market. After programming stations in Roanoke, Richmond, and Cleveland, he returned to Boston to launch Magic 106.7 and served as programming manager there for 5 years. Around the same time, Jack returned to Emerson as adjunct professor of mass communications, and in 2004 he became the general manager of WERS.
Howard Simpson, an Emerson College Alum, ‘94, returned to campus to serve as WERS Operations Manager in 2007. As a student with a passion for urban music, Howard realized a versatile skill set would help him obtain longevity in the commercial radio industry. To that end, on-air performance, production, talk show producing, traffic, website management, and I.T. support came to be areas of specialty for him within multiple formats. Howard insists everyone call him “D”, a throwback to the radio pseudonym he adopted as an 889@Night host. “Broadcasting is an adventure everyday all day. Training future media industry leaders in this on demand age is the most challenging yet rewarding opportunity I’ve ever had.”
Peter Kirchoff began his public radio career at Southampton College in New York, where he served as Underwriting Manager and Jazz Director. Peter eventually moved on to become Corporate Support Manager at WDAV in Davidson, NC and WKY Public Radio/WKYU-PBS in Bowling Green, KY from 1999 to 2009. Prior to joining the WERS team Peter served as underwriting and on-air fundraising consultant at WHCR at City College in New York. Over the years, Peter has also been an active member of the Peconic Music Festival, Professional Marketing Association, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the International Journalism and Media Management training program.
Sara began her radio career while simultaneously studying radio at Emerson College. In her junior year she accepted a full-time job at WJMN-FM Boston, Jam’n 94.5, as a morning show producer for the Ramiro and Pebbles show. In addition to her job with the morning show hosting WJMN’s public affairs show gave Sara a taste for being on-air, which she was able to develop on WERS as a host for both 889@Night and Rockers. Sara then returned to Emerson to earn a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. As a double alum of Emerson, Sara has been able to combine two of her passions, radio and marketing, all while mentoring students seeking similar career paths.
Andrew attended UMass Amherst where he studied Communication and Film Studies. While at UMass Andrew was involved with the student-run radio station WMUA-FM, engineering basketball games, hosting his own weekly show, and eventually becoming the student General Manager of the station. After graduating Andrew landed a job with the NPR affiliate in Amherst, MA, WFCR-FM as a Development Associate. This position enabled Andrew to learn more about non-commercial radio and fund raising. After a year in his position at WFCR he joined the WERS team as Membership Coordinator and has been here since 2008.
After graduating from Boston University, Nicole turned her internship at a local Video Production company into a full-time position. As Post Production Coordinator, she worked closely with editors, animators, and audio engineers, with responsibilities ranging from scheduling resources and managing project completion to hiring and supervising interns. Nicole came to WERS in the summer of 2009 as Traffic Coordinator in charge of Underwriting. Nicole works extensively with underwriting, and is responsible for entering contracts into our scheduling software, confirming all spots air, and monthly billing. Nicole is also a tour guide at The Sports Museum at the TD Garden and a member of the Pearl Jam Ten Club.