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WAER Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Summary

Creator: WAER (Radio station : Syracuse, N.Y.)
Title: WAER Collection
Dates: 1937-2013
Size: 4 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The WAER Collection contains memorabilia, audio recordings and publications related to its 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
http://archives.syr.edu

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 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 as well.

The Memorabilia series contains mugs and clothing with WAER logos from the late 1980s to early 1990s.

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

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Restrictions

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

Names

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

Subjects

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

Types of material

Audiocassettes.
Memorabilia.

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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 to the Archives from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1992 and 1997. The Lawrence Myers files were donated by Claire Myers, Lawrence Myers Jr.'s daughter, to the Syracuse University Archives in 2018. These materials were separated from the Lawrence Myers Papers.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in archival boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Anna Smallwood
Date: 2016
Revision history: 2019 - Lawrence Myers Jr. Files added

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order within series.

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Inventory

Audio recordings
Box 1 WAER ad hoc committee meeting 29 March 1974 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_008)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc committee meeting number three 1 February 1974 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_004)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting 8 November 1974 - Conference Room (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_012)
Box 1 WAER ad hoc meeting -one of two 15 February 1974 (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 29 October 1974 - 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 15 February 1974 (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 29 October 1974 - 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 20 September 1974 (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 25 January 1974 - 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 8 February 1974 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 90:00) (ID#: sua_waer_005)
Box 1 William K. Beard lecture number one 2 April 1975 - Note on the cassette reads: "Dean ?" (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 60:00) (ID#: sua_waer_013)
Lawrence Myers Jr. files
Box 2 Ad hoc committee 1955-2011 (2 folders)
Box 2 Class of 1957 letters 2004-2007
Box 1 Ed R. Murrow: press and the people -one 28 March 1959- 21 April 1959 (1/4 inch audio tape) (ID#: sua_waer_001)
Box 1 Edw. R. Murrow interviewed by Louis M. Lyons -two 28 April 1959 - 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 12 December 1982
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 March 1948
Box 2 Newspaper articles and images 1947-1973
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 3 June 2005 (VHS; running time 120:00) (ID#: sua_waer_015)
Box 1 WAER founder's homecoming ceremony 9 November 1984 (1/8 inch audio cassette; running time 60:00) (ID#: sua_waer_014)
Box 2 WAER photographs undated
Box 2 WAER programs and pamphlets 1966-1967
Box 2 WAER survey 1967
Box 2 WAER timeline and information circa 1982-2011
Memorabilia
Oversize 1 Hat 1993-1994
 WAER hat
Oversize 1 Mug - ceramic between 1993-1996
 WAER ceramic mug
Oversize 1 Mug - plastic between late 1980s and early 1990s
 WAER plastic mug Side 1
 WAER plastic mug Side 2
Oversize 1 Stickers, decals, magnet between late 1980s and early 1990s
Oversize 1 Sweatshirt 1993-1994
Oversize 1 T-shirt - the fresh sound between 1990-1995
Oversize 1 T-shirt - change into something comfortable between 1990-1995
Oversize 1 WAER flag undated
 WAER flag
Oversize 1 WAER jazz 88 - mug undated
Publications
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 1965-1969
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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