Tonight, I’ll be attending a first birthday celebration for WERA-FM 96.7, Arlington County Virginia’s thriving new community radio station. When the station first aired last year, WERA could count on a few ready programs and a large base of enthusiastic volunteers. One year later, it broadcasts a full slate of programs with a larger and even more enthusiastic volunteer base. WERA is now home to lots of unique and interesting programming that you can’t hear elsewhere. This includes lots of alternative music, with shows devoted to reggae, show tunes, bluegrass, EDM, jazz, and the like. Talk shows also cover the gamut from barbecue to careers to the immigrant experience to awesome entrepreneurs to soccer to tips on how to live “green and sexy.” If you’re in the Washington DC metro area, you can listen at 96.7 FM. WERA also streams at www.wera.fm and you can access an archive of shows at http://wera.fm/programming/current-programs.
WERA is part of a recent uptick in community radio stations, thanks to recent FCC decisions to open up more licenses for this use. WERA is not alone in the DC area either—another low-power FM station also operates in Takoma Park (DC/MD). In Arlington, the community radio experiment has been hugely successful and I look forward to future birthday celebrations. Happy 1st Birthday WERA!