Our Staff

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 Casey, General Manager

Jack_Casey_215Jack 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 D. Simpson, Operations Manager

Howard_Simpson_215Howard 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, Underwriting Director

Peter_Kirchoff_215Peter 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.

Beau Raines, Director of Product Development

Robert_Raines_215Beau began his radio career at 560 WNEU while attending Northeastern University, and segued to a technical position at WRKO in his second year (as part of the work-study program). Beau then accepted a full time on air position WFEA in Manchester, N.H. That launched a series of on air jobs, and later program director positions culminating with WROR Boston, WZLX Boston, KMQT Denver and WXRV in Haverhill. The opportunity to join WERS in Marketing happened in early 2013, followed in June with a promotion to Director of Product Development. Beau is thrilled to continue a tradition he began early in his career, that being mentoring students who are as passionate about radio as he is!

Kevin Cooney, Director of Membership and Individual Giving

Kevin_Cooney_215Kevin comes to WERS after spending more than a decade doing archaeological research in Turkey, Italy, England, and the United States. As the station’s membership coordinator, Cooney is responsible for WERS’s recruitment and retention efforts. He works as part of a dynamic team organizing the station’s on–air pledge drives and other fundraising activities. Cooney grew up in Hastings, Michigan, and obtained BAs in history and anthropology from Michigan State. He received a master’s degree in anthropology from Northern Illinois University. In 2004, he moved to Boston. Prior to Emerson, Cooney was the director of membership and publication services at the American Schools of Oriental Research. Because of his love for music and background in nonprofits, he is excited to be at WERS.

Martika Mercer, Traffic Coordinator

Martika_Mercer_215Martika Mercer (Emerson Graduate ’12)began her radio career here at WERS as a personality on the urban programming, known as DJ Ms.Tik. She has returned here after venturing in Boston’s commercial radio industry, working in promotions at CBS Radio and in Sales at iHeart Media Inc, formally known as Clear Channel. Martika is now our WERS Traffic Coordinator where she is responsible for the station’s underwriting. She also is a DJ, and spins every Saturday at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square.