Our Spring Membership Drive will take place from Monday morning, May 17 to Saturday morning, May 23. Listeners provide over half of our annual budget and your generosity makes the station possible. Think of all the programming that you enjoy and value, whether you listen on the radio, website or phone app. Is it worth supporting the station with a donation, perhaps even your first donation? We think so and hope that you do too! Thanks in advance!
WERU volunteer Patrick Ruhle passed away on May 2 after a lengthy illness. Patrick was a long-time, behind-the-scenes volunteer who was especially noteworthy for doing so much off-air work, from carpentry to membership drive phone answering to outreach tabling at various community events. Patrick loved music, dancing and people and chatting. He was a great friend to many at WERU and we will miss him very much!
Listen in our on-demand replay section for recent programs dedicated to Patrick:
WERU Community Radio is thrilled to announce our newest project: NextGen Radio! Through this initiative, we hope to increase engagement and collaboration among our younger volunteers and listeners in both station programming and community events. We’re asking: What can we do to make our programming more relevant to people in their 20s and 30s? How can we encourage listeners in their 20s and 30s to volunteer and become more involved with the station? How best can we spotlight and support NextGen programming and facilitate events for NextGen listeners and volunteers?
Mornings on WERU feature a variety of short spoken-word features covering a wide range of topics. Here’s two locally-produced new features for your listening pleasure!
Technoptimist (Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m.): Join Teresa Carey, senior writer at Freethink, as she breaks down the latest news on the technology that is solving the world’s problems. If you need help understanding artificial intelligence or genetic modification, or even if you want to know how to rear fish on the moon, then this show is for you. Technoptimist is a bite-sized weekly segment where Teresa dives into the innovative ways technology is driving big solutions.
The Cosmic Curator (Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.): new volunteer Tom Yaroschuk is The Cosmic Curator, presenting information and insights on astrology. Produced in the tradition of Boston’s iconic FM station WBCN and the Cosmic Muffin. There is ALWAYS something happening in the stars!
For more short spoken-word features, click here.
Check out the April 16 edition of The Democracy Forum (produced in partnership between the League of Women Voters of Maine and WERU) for a program all about diversity. Is this is one of the most divided moments in American history? How have these fractured moments come up in our prior history? What role is the emergence of multiracial democracy playing in this current divisive moment? What role has race played in the divisions of the past? Can a polity come back from such serious fragmentation? How have we gotten past it before, or have we? Check out our archive and tune in
Following Maine CDC press briefings*, at 3:50 p.m. (just before afternoon public affairs), WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager, Amy Browne, will give a live “Maine Coronavirus Report.” We invite you to tune in live, read the transcripts below.
State & Federal COVID-19 Information:
During the past year, WERU Community Radio has received grant funding from several foundations located in the state of Maine and nationally. These foundations include the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Association of Broadcasters, the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation of Boston, MA and The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation of New York, NY. WERU is grateful for the support of these foundations, which has helped greatly during this time of uncertainty! WERU also receives support from several anonymous private foundations, as well as ongoing support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We thank them all!
Featured Artist of the Week
Shank Painters is our “Featured Artist of the Week”! Tune in each morning (Monday through Friday) at 7:45 AM (EDT) to hear our volunteer disc jockey play a cut from their records. DJ Denis will interview the group live via telephone on Friday, May 21st at 8:30 AM.
Democracy Now! Headlines
- Republicans Oppose Kristen Clarke for Top Civil Rights Job at DOJ in Latest Attack on Voting Rights
- Hanan Ashrawi & Rashid Khalidi: U.S. Backing Has Given Israel License to Kill & Maim Palestinians
- Watch Rep. Rashida Tlaib Blast U.S. Aid for Israel & Attack on Gaza in Dramatic House Floor Speech
- Philly Health Commissioner Resigns After Mayor Reveals MOVE Bombing Victims' Remains Cremated in 2017
- Headlines for May 14, 2021
- Nathan Thrall on the Historic Palestinian Uprising Against Israeli Control from the River to the Sea