Join Us in Celebrating 75 Years of WERS!

Graphics by Sarah Tarlin
Graphics by Sarah Tarlin

Throughout 2024, 88.9 WERS, Boston’s Uncommon Radio, is celebrating our 75th birthday!

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.

Scroll down to the bottom to take a look at some photos that depict WERS from throughout the years!

Our year-long celebration will feature concerts and events, a special 75th birthday vinyl compilation of Studio 88.9 sessions, deep-dives into the archives, commemorative merch and more!

It’s our Birthday, but you’re getting the gifts!

We’re giving away tickets to the WERS 75th Birthday Concert Series all year. Check out the lineup so far by clicking the button below... and keep checking back, as more artists are to be announced!

The best way to win and keep up with the party is by subscribing to our newsletter.

Support WERS here to keep the music coming commercial-free for the next 75 years!

Find out how your business can be part of our 75th celebration here.

Thank you for your support and for helping us celebrate 75 Years of Music Discovery at 88.9 WERS!

Scroll through our digital museum of WERS relics from the '80s and '90s. You'll notice programming and logo changes, but one thing has never changed and never will: our commitment to serving our listeners.

WERS' listener program guide from spring 1977.
WERS' listener program guide from spring 1977.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule in 1978.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule in 1978.
A WERS flyer from 1979 when the station was celebrating 30 years.
A WERS flyer from 1979 when the station was celebrating 30 years.
A brief written history of WERS published in 1979.
A brief written history of WERS published in 1979.
WERS' listener program guide from 1982.
WERS' listener program guide from 1982.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule back in 1984.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule back in 1984.
A hand-drawn flyer from 1985 advertising The Gold Rush with Barry Scott, a program dedicated to music of the '50s, '60s and '70s.
A hand-drawn flyer from 1985 advertising The Gold Rush with Barry Scott, a program dedicated to music of the '50s, '60s and '70s.
An old WERS programming schedule found on the wall of The Royale
An old WERS programming schedule found on the wall of The Royale
WERS' Listener Program Guide from spring 1995 announcing Live Music Week.
WERS' Listener Program Guide from spring 1995 announcing Live Music Week.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule in Spring 1996.
A print-out of WERS' programming schedule in Spring 1996.
WERS' Listener Program Guide from fall 1997.
WERS' Listener Program Guide from fall 1997.
A WERS car bumper sticker from the '90s.
A WERS car bumper sticker from the '90s.
A WERS mouse pad from the '90s.
A WERS mouse pad from the '90s.
WERS' listener program guide from the summer of 2000.
WERS' listener program guide from the summer of 2000, after 50 years of the station.
WERS' listener program guide from the summer of 2000, after 50 years of the station.

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