Social media is buzzing about the cancellation of two programs, one hip-hop and one reggae, of Emerson College’s radio station, 88.9 WERS. One of those programs, Rockers, was started at Emerson in 1978 by Doug Herzog, who is now the president of MTV Networks and widely credited with bringing the Colbert Report, South Park and The Daily Show to Comedy Central.
In a statement Tuesday, Emerson said: “To keep WERS vibrant now and self-sustaining well into the future, the station needs to build its audience. It has become increasingly challenging to achieve this goal with our current format, which fragments our listening audience. To provide a more consistent format, our new weeknight programming, Secret Spot (R&B, soul), will broadcast from 10 PM to 2 AM, and remain part of the weekend evening line-up, where it originated, and has done very well. WERS will continue to offer a wide selection of current and classic music (including reggae) within its overall programming. Additionally, the new evening format, Secret Spot, features many of the diverse artists formerly found on Rockers and 88.9 at Night. WERS remains dedicated to its listeners, as well as to the team of students and professional staff who work tirelessly to provide great on-air content.”