Walking along AJ’s Way or lounging in Waldron Campus Center, students and faculty are treated to alternative rock courtesy of Gannon’s student-run radio station, 90.5 WERG. But the station doesn’t just provide music to the Erie community – it also serves as a learning workshop.
Students involved with WERG develop skills in public speaking and software maintenance through hands-on experience. They work as DJ’s and production managers, promotions directors and news editors. Some classes require students to take an air shift, which helps theatre, journalism and communication arts students gain broadcasting expertise. Meanwhile, those on campus enjoy the sounds of Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster the People, Neon Trees, Mumford & Sons and more.
WERG began in 1970 as a small project conceived by a group of engineering majors. Today it is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a non-commercial, educational radio station, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at a signal strength of 3,000 watts. For the student body and surrounding region, WERG has become one of Gannon’s greatest assets.