Come to WERU’s 30th (yes, 30th) Birthday Open House on Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. We’ll have great live music, pizza and potluck salads, station tours, WERU apparel and totes for sale, and a used music sale. And if that’s not enough, admission to the party is free! (Also, help spiff up the grounds at WERU’s Spring Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves, etc. We’ll provide snacks.)
Our excellent local musical performers will include singer-songwriter Bowen Swersey, the Jazz Collective , bluegrass and Americana with The Pinwheel Brothers and more! The music will be broadcast live!
The radio station is conveniently located in East Orland, on Route 1, between Bucksport and Ellsworth, right near Toddy Pond.
Please plan to attend WERU’s 30th Birthday Open House on Saturday April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
We’ll see you at the party!
And hopefully we’ll see you at other WERU events this year:
- BoatTalk Cruise (Northeast Harbor): June date TBA
- Summer Storytelling Night: Alamo Theatre, Bucksport, July date and details TBA.
- Homegrown Reggae Concert & Dance: July 28, The Blue Goose, Northport
- American Folk Festival Live Broadcast: August 25-26, Bangor Waterfront
- Music Documentary Film Series: each Wednesday evening in September at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport
- Bangor Dance Party (featuring R&B/Funk/Soul with the band The Right Track): September 15, Bangor Arts Exchange
- Americans Who Tell the Truth Speaking Event with Labor Leader Baldemar Velasquez (Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO): September 20, Crosby Center for the Arts in Belfast
- Celtic Music Party (artists TBA): October 20, Southwest Harbor
(Photo: 30th Anniversary T-shirt design by Pat Pugh and Jay Sprowl of Liberty Graphics.)
A Bit of History:
On May 1, 1988 WERU Community Radio began broadcasting at 89.9 FM from the top of Blue Hill Mountain along Downeast and Midcoast Maine. Noel Paul Stookey was the station’s first benefactor and WERU first broadcast from studios in his converted large chicken-coop building, affectionately known as “The Henhouse.” In 1997 the station moved to its current location in East Orland. In 2012 WERU established a low power signal to Bangor at 99.9 FM. The WERU radio signal covers all of Waldo and Hancock Counties, as well as portions of Knox, Piscataquis, Kennebec, Penobscot and Washington Counties, an area with an approximate population of 200,000. We serve all of Maine and beyond with our Internet service, which includes live streaming, on-demand online recordings of recent shows and an audio archive of news, public affairs and other spoken-word programs.
WERU programming has expanded greatly since the first days of the station, when a few dozen volunteers hosted music programs in a partial broadcast day. There are now approximately 125 on-air volunteers producing music, public affairs and other spoken-word programming, plus another 125 dedicated volunteers doing behind-the-scenes work like serving on committees, working in the music library and maintaining the station’s building and grounds. Annually we host approximately 400 guests on spoken-word public affairs programs, dozens of live and local on-air musical performances, and music from over 10,000 different albums and 50 different genres.
We believe that an informed community is a strong community. To that end WERU supports the people and organizations working to make a difference, be that in terms of cultural awareness and celebration, environmental and social justice, or any number of other ways. From diverse music to alternative news and local public affairs, we endeavor to entertain, inform, engage and inspire our audience by providing programming and opportunities that are not available elsewhere. By doing these things we believe that WERU gets people thinking and acting, and in this way WERU fosters and supports healthy and vibrant communities.
Help celebrate 30 years of WERU Community Radio by attending one of our events and by tuning in the radio station to hear what it’s all about!