WERG, NBC News Radio
Gannon University’s radio station, 90.5 WERG, is now affiliated with NBC NewsRadio and with Erie News Now.
The NBC NewsRadio affiliation allows Gannon Radio to provide around-the-clock updates for national news, entertainment, and sports. There will be extended coverage during the morning drive on our Sonic Sunrise show (from 6 to 9 a.m.), as well as during the afternoon drive (from 4 to 6 p.m.).
The partnership with NBC NewsRadio will enable Gannon’s journalism and communication students to gain firsthand experience in how news is prepared for an audio broadcast and will provide a valuable service to our listening audience.
The partnership with Erie News Now for local news coverage allows Gannon Radio to air updates in the morning and afternoon that are voiced by Erie News Now anchors Mark Soliday (a Gannon graduate) and Amanda Post. Erie News Now is the news service of Erie television stations WICU and WSEE.
With these partnerships and through 90.5 WERG’s Wide Orbit computer control system, which can be programmed to download and process the needed news files for air, Gannon Radio can now provide continuous coverage – even over holidays and during summer break.
"Gannon University is extremely proud of our students, staff, and faculty who contribute to the success of WERG,” said Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs at Gannon University. “We know how incredible they are but so does the industry.”
Several Gannon University students were recognized for excellence in electronic media at the Intercollegiate Broadcast System’s 79th annual conference in New York City in March, where 90.5 WERG was also honored with 10 national awards, including being named a top-five finalist for Best College Station in America at a university with enrollment of less than 10,000 students.
“Our affiliation with NBC will continue to strengthen WERG and provide additional learning opportunities for our students,” Iwanenko said.
Chet LaPrice, ’92, ‘11M, has worked in broadcasting for more than 30 years and has managed Gannon’s radio station since 2002. “It’s a source of pride for me to represent our students every year in New York City where they are recognized for their talents,” LaPrice said. “The practical experience they are gaining will serve them well upon entering the job market after graduation.”