We have many different departments for students to join that all work together to make WERS and WERS.org run smoothly and professionally. Students can join multiple teams, but will still only be eligible for one non-tuition credit per semester.
The on-air staff host music blocks, both live and in person and are the voices of WERS, broadcasting to thousands of listeners. Students will gain professional experience in presenting music and Bostonian content.
The sponsorship team works to recruit local businesses as supporters of the station; and works on getting their business out to our listeners!
The WERS video team works to expand WERS' reach -- documenting live performances from bands in our studio, and capturing events.
Members of the news team receive valuable mentorship and experience in audio journalism, whether through writing and delivering real-time broadcast newscasts or pitching, researching, and editing professional-quality audio packages on a wide range of topics for the weekly public affairs show, You Are Here.
The promotions/street team serves as ambassadors for WERS to music lovers across the Boston area. The street team attends concerts, festivals, and local events to engage with our fans awhile also attracting new listeners.
The Live Department is in charge of coordinating and recording live sessions in Studio 889. Live sessions from local and touring acts broadcast regularly on WERS. Students will learn skills in sound production and recording and facilitating live events.
The Production Team is in charge of everything you hear on 88.9 besides the music. This team creates audio production heard throughout the day to reinforce the sound image of the station.
The Music/Writing teams are in charge of curating both our on-air and online content. Students will research new music and artists that fit the station's style, working with the Music Coordinator to select new adds to our playlist. As writers, students will write weekly blog posts about the songs and artists played on WERS (new discoveries, album reviews, musical lifestyle pieces, etc). These posts are a mix of assignments from the Web Director, and individual pitches. You'll learn how to curate and write content for a professional publication and have your work seen by a wide audience.
The WERS Design Team designs various graphics for the station, such as blog graphics, promotional materials, campaign designs, etc. Students will learn how to design for an established brand.
WERS Photographers get special access to shoot concerts and festivals, in-studio performances, and other events/projects for WERS around Boston. Have your work spotlit on Emerson's largest blog with 58,000+ monthly page views.
Morning Show Producer
It’s a chance to be part of a professionally operating morning show in a top ten market, and to work closely with a veteran broadcaster.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Conduct research to find fun, interesting pieces of music information
- Condense and edit the information for use on-air
- Keep tabs on current events and news
- Follow the music log and alert host to upcoming features
- Create posts for social media
- Interact with listeners via phone and social media and log winner information
- Assist newsperson in finding information
- A positive attitude and the ability to think outside of the box
- Must be available at least one weekday morning a week from 6:00am to 9:30am
- There may be opportunities to go on-air with the host. although it is not required
- Audio editing skills are a plus
Looking for organized and creative social media assistants who can help engage with listeners on the WERS accounts, schedule weekly programming posts, and come up with cool new ideas for social.