What do you get a good friend when they turn 70 years old? For Emerson College’s flagship station, WERS 88.9 FM, we’re celebrating with a photo gallery of throwback photos from its newborn year, 1949, through the 1990s.
All photos from Emerson College Archives and Special Collections
A broadcast in 1949, the first year of WERS. DJ spins vinyl on a turntable at WERS studios in April 1986. Photo/Karen Couture Man busts through construction wall in 1998 when WERS moved to the Ansin Building from 180 Beacon Street. Connie Kaldor performs at the 6th Annual WERS Acoustic Music Festival on March 24, 1986. Free South Africa Day: Steve Van Zandt speaks on the air at WERS during Free South Africa Day on March 26, 1986. (Photo by Karen Couture) Two men in the WERS studio in 1958. Two teletype machines deliver newswire to WERS. On the wall, a sign reads The World Today, with four signs providing the time in Boston, London, Moscow, and Tokyo. Right to left: Charles W. Dudley, founder of WERS and chair of the Broadcasting department; and Bob Fleming, Emerson College archivist, on May 9, 1987, at an alumni brunch. Working with a console in the WERS studio in the 1950s. In the studio in the 1950s. Student J. Hunt reads copy on air in the WERS studio. Students congregate on the steps of 130 Beacon Street with a sign directing where WERS is located. Working behind the scenes at WERS. Branford Marsalis visited WERS in 1997. Donnie Osmond visited WERS in 1996. Children enjoy WERS’ Live Music Week in 1996. Working the phones during WERS’ Live Music Week. Musician Livingston Taylor performing at WERS in 1990.