About WERS

Who We Are

88.9 WERS is Boston’s Uncommon Radio. 

What the heck does that mean?  Let us explain:

  • First and foremost, we’re music fans. We’re all about music discovery and rediscovery.
  • Broadcasting from Emerson College, we’re an independent, professionally managed, and student staffed public radio station, the first non-commercial radio station in New England, in operation since November 1949.
  • We’re commercial-free:  Our support comes from listeners and local underwriting partners who share our passion for musical diversity, the local music scene, and Boston’s vibrant culture.


  • An eclectic mix of new and classics from local, alternative, indie and iconic artists.   
  • Songs you know, deep cuts from your favorite albums, throwbacks, live tracks, and new stuff carefully curated by our student and professional music geeks.

PLUS unique, locally produced specialty programs: 

ERS+: An entire station dedicated to Boston’s Black Experience, Hip Hop and R&B

See our Programming schedule here.

See our playlist here.

Make a donation here.  Help us keep the music free, independent, and local.

WERS' Station Transparency statements

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