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WAER Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: WAER (Radio station : Syracuse, N.Y.)
Title: WAER Collection
Dates: 1937-2013
Size: 3.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Memorabilia, documents, audio recordings and publications related to WAER's programs and operation at Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Photograph of students broadcasting WAER

As early as 1930, Kenneth G. Bartlett, professor of radio and television, began the early steps toward a Syracuse University radio program. He initiated the Radio Workshop, which produced programs for local stations such as WSYR and WFBL. In the fall of 1946, Syracuse University took advantage of new radio technology and was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do some experimental broadcasting. On April 13, 1947, WJIV broadcasted its first program. When renewal of their license with the FCC came up three months later, WJIV became WAER. In 1951, WAER had a regular broadcast license and became Syracuse University's permanent radio station. Up until 1983, WAER was student-run, but then its operation was taken over by the University and full-time professionals came in to train students, a decision that was controversial among students.

WAER's purpose in the early days was to broaden Syracuse University's educational reach, to present programs that couldn't be found elsewhere in Central New York, to give students more information than found in print media, and to give students the opportunity to gain experience in broadcasting. Today, WAER offers a variety of programs such as local sports coverage, jazz, and programs from National Public Radio (NPR) and can be heard on 88.3 FM.

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Scope and Content Note

Materials in the WAER Collection span from 1937 to 2013 and document the programs produced by WAER and its operation. This collection is divided into four series:

The Audio recordings series contains cassettes of ad hoc meetings in 1974 and the 1975 William K. Beard Lecture.

The Lawrence Myers Jr. files contains materials created and compiled by Lawrence Myers Jr. dating from 1947 to 2013. Myers was a professor in the Radio Department at Syracuse University and was involved with WAER during his time at the school.

The Memorabilia series contains mugs, clothing, and other items with WAER logos. For example, the series includes two miniature steins from a joint event between WAER and Alpha Epsilon Rho, the broadcasting honor society on campus.

The Publications series includes newsletters, brochures and program schedules produced by WAER.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Please note that the Reading Room does not have the equipment to play audiocassettes. Advance notice is required to create listening copies of audiocassettes.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center of Syracuse University also holds a WAER Collection.

Other materials related to WAER can be found in the Dick Case Papers, Lawrence Myers Jr. Papers, and the Newhouse School of Public Communications Records.

Additionally, the Archives holds a clipping file and a photograph file on WAER.

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Selected Search Terms


Myers, Lawrence, Jr., 1921-
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.
WAER (Radio station : Syracuse, N.Y.)


FM broadcasting -- New York (State) -- Syracuse.
News radio stations -- New York (State) -- Syracuse.
Public radio -- New York (State) -- Syracuse.
Syracuse (N.Y.)
Higher education.

Types of material

Clippings (information artifacts)
Schedules (time plans)
Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

WAER Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The majority of the materials in this collection were transferred from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1992 and 1997. The Lawrence Myers Jr. files were the gift of Claire Myers in 2018 and 2021. These materials were separated from the Lawrence Myers Jr. Papers. Some program schedules were the gift of Jason Squire in 2021.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in archival folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Anna Smallwood
Date: 2016
Revision history: 2019 - Lawrence Myers Jr. Files added; Aug 2021 - Box 4 and Oversize 2 added (EMB)

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Materials are arranged in alphabetical order within series.

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Audio recordings
Box 1 WAER ad hoc committee meeting 1974 March 29 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_008)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc committee meeting number three 1974 February 1 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_004)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting 1974 November 8 - Conference Room (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_012)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting -one of two 1974 February 15 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_006)
Sides 1 and 2
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting -one of two 1974 October 29 - Note on the cassette reads: "Prucha" (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 30:00) (ID#: sua_waer_010)
Sides 1 and 2
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting -two of two 1974 February 15 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 40:00) (ID#: sua_waer_007)
Sides 3 and 4
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting -two of two 1974 October 29 - Note on the cassette reads: "Prucha" (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 30:00) (ID#: sua_waer_011)
Sides 3 and 4
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting number one 1974 September 20 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_009)
Sides 1 and 2
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting number two 1974 January 25 - Accompanied by handwritten note: "File use only to me HPS". (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 60:00) (ID#: sua_waer_003)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting number four 1974 February 8 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_005)
Box 1 William K. Beard lecture number one 1975 April 2 - Note on the cassette reads: "Dean ?" (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 60:00) (ID#: sua_waer_013)
Lawrence Myers Jr. files
Box 4 8:15-9:15 program circa 2013
Box 4 Acceptance speech for WAER Hall of Fame award by Mary Evans on behalf of Andy Musser circa 2013
Box 2 Ad hoc committee 1955-2011 (2 folders)
Box 4 Annual reports 1971-1973
Box 2 Class of 1957 letters 2004-2007
Box 4 Correspondence 1967-2013
Box 1 Ed R. Murrow: press and the people -one 1959 March 28-1959 April 21 (1/4 inch audio tape) (ID#: sua_waer_001)
Box 1 Edw. R. Murrow interviewed by Louis M. Lyons -two 1959 April 28 - Handwritten note on the back of the box reads: "Myers - excellent program - might be appropriate for 181. Ralph". (1/4 inch audio tape) (ID#: sua_waer_002)
Box 2 Empire Magazine article 1982 December 12
Box 2 Founders' award, biographies, and history/correspondence 1983-1984
Box 2 General Electric magazine undated
Box 2 History of WAER undated
Box 2 The journal of the air 1948 March
Box 4 Memoranda 1967-1971
Box 2 Newspaper articles and images 1947-1973
Box 4 "A note of introduction" by Robert P. San George with annotations by Lawrence Myers Jr. undated
Box 2 Notes on WAER undated
Box 2 Program managers and organization chart 1964-2013
Box 2 Radio programming and its governance at Syracuse University undated
Box 1 WAER fellows/Tirico dedication event 2005 June 3 (VHS; running time 120:00) (ID#: sua_waer_015)
Box 1 WAER founders' homecoming ceremony 1984 November 9 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 60:00) (ID#: sua_waer_014)
Box 4 WAER "legends" dinner opening remarks by Joe Lee 2012 September 19
Box 4 WAER personnel directory 1955 March
Box 2 WAER photographs undated
Box 2 WAER programs and pamphlets 1966-1967
Box 4 WAER senior staff meeting packet 1970 September 24
Box 2 WAER survey 1967
Box 4 WAER taskforce document 1979
Box 2 WAER timeline and information circa 1982-2011
Oversize 1 Hat 1993-1994
 WAER hat
Oversize 1 Mug - ceramic circa 1993-1996
 WAER ceramic mug
Oversize 1 Mug - plastic circa late 1980s-early 1990s
 WAER plastic mug Side 1
 WAER plastic mug Side 2
Oversize 1 Stickers, decals, magnet circa late 1980s-early 1990s
Oversize 1 Sweatshirt 1993-1994
Oversize 1 T-shirt - the fresh sound circa 1990-1995
Oversize 1 T-shirt - change into something comfortable circa 1990-1995
Oversize 2 WAER/Alpha Epsilon Rho miniature steins 1965 (2 steins)
Oversize 2 WAER glass undated
Box 4 WAER glass trays undated (2 trays)
Oversize 1 WAER flag undated
 WAER flag
Oversize 1 WAER jazz 88 - mug undated
Box 2 "Books and ideas:" the impact of an educational television program on its audience 1959
Box 2 Broadcasting map undated
Box 2 Brochures undated
Box 3 Newsletter - air check 1998-2002
Box 3 Newsletter - fresh sounds 1991-1995
Box 3 "On the air: WAER announcing guide" 1964-1965
Box 3 Policy and procedure 1965
Box 3 Program schedules 1948-1949
Box 3 Program schedules 1950-1961
Box 3 Program schedules 1963-1965
Box 3 Program schedules 1965-1967
Box 4 Program schedules 1967-1969
Box 3 Program schedules undated
Box 3 Radio workshop 1937-1947
Box 3 "WAER - twenty years of service to the Syracuse community" 1967

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