We go to Emerson, a college known for its creative and wild-minded students. But who knew our own campus radio station, WERS 88.9FM, has its own programs that exhibits Emerson’s uniqueness? There are plenty of programs on the station full of music I can be sure you’ve never before heard. There are even programs running late into the night for those who crave the company of music while doing homework at the last minute. Here is a rundown of the different WERS programming reaching the Boston area, and sometimes even beyond.
WERS Daytime Programming: Monday through Friday 2 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 3 to 10 a.m., Sunday 3 to 6 a.m.
Even in this day-to-day show on WERS, you won’t find anything mainstream. This is Emerson. Our radio’s daytime program consists of a “blend of folk, rock, jazz, world, blues, soul, electronic and reggae,” the website says, perfect for those days when you just want to lounge around campus.
Rockers: Weeknights 7 to 10 p.m.
Where the daytime program has a mix of different genres, Rockers is dedicated to playing music in the Reggae genre alone. If you’re already a fan of Bob Marley, tune in to discover more artists you may like.
88.9@Night:Weeknights 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This is for all those people who need a party atmosphere to spice up their weeknights. The website boasts “real hip-hop commercial free in Boston,” which is great for those who need energy to bang out a paper or two, or some otherwise boring work on a school night.
Standing Room Only: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays noon to 2 p.m.
Of course, at a performing arts school there is going to be a radio program dedicated to show tunes, and that is just what Standing Room Only is. Not only does it broadcast show tunes from current productions, but also favorites from the past. There are links on the website to places where the show is streamed “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
All A Cappella: Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.
A Cappella groups may still seem few and far between, but there are still plenty out there. From YouTube sensations and local favorites in the A Cappella genre, this is the kind of music played on All A Cappella. The groups “write original music and vocer songs from Billy Joel and Led Zeppelin to Hoobastank and R. Kelly.”
The Playground: Saturdays and Sundays 5 to 8 p.m.
This program can either be considered as one meant mainly for residents of the Boston area with children, or the students who refuse to let go of their childhood. During weekend evenings, this program plays music by “local, national and international kids artists.”
The Secret Spot: Saturdays and Sundays 8 p.m. to midnight.
With many a classic artist to be found on this channel, this weekend program is “the home of classic soul, R&B and slow jams.” If you’re in need of a night in on the weekend, tune in to spice up your night with a bit of Aretha, Marvin Gaye, or the like.
You Are Here: Sundays 7 to 8 a.m.
Unlike the other programs on WERS, this is a program that focuses on news both local and worldwide. You Are Here is comprised of “stories, interviews, and sound from newsmakers.”
Chigigah: Sundays 8 to 11 a.m.
The diversity here at Emerson calls for the same range of diversity in the music played on the radio station. Chigigah plays music from Jewish and Israeli cultures, “Yiddish and klezmer dating from 1914 to today.”
First Church: Sundays 11 a.m. to noon.
For the residents of the area who desire a religious service on Sundays but for some reason cannot personally attend, there is WERS’ program First Church. This is a broadcast of the service of First Church in Boston Unitarian Universalist.
Revolutions: Sundays midnight to 4 a.m.
Dance and electronic music have made a comeback as of late, especially with the ever-growing popularity of dubstep. For those who don’t want the fun of the weekend to simply fade away, this late-night program will make sure the weekend ends with a bang and some cool beats.
The Left End: Mondays midnight to 3 a.m.
The Left End brings the world of indie music to your own home. It keeps you up to date on the latest news about the genre as well as plays old favorites. “The Smiths, Pere Ubu, The Cure, and Pavement to Broken Social Scene, Piebald, Animal Collective and Lightning Bolt” are just a few of the featured artists.
With the abundant blend of music featured on WERS, there is, without a doubt, music for every mood. In addition to the aforementioned shows, another program called The Coffee House is scheduled to be returning to WERS. The WERS website proclaims it to be a “famous acoustic show,” and it returns Saturdays from 6 to 10 a.m. beginning October 29.