WERW is the only student-run radio station at Syracuse University. University Union established WERW in January of 1987 to keep the tradition of college radio at SU after WJPZ and WAER became corporate-run. WERW boasts a list of famous alumni who work with companies such as Sirius, CMJ, NPR, and a variety of other music and radio-related companies. The station web-casts a variety of free-format radio shows with blocks of programs featuring underground rock, world, electronic, r&b, hip hop, and talk radio with programs in politics and public affairs. Student DJs create their own shows based on their own interests and are scheduled for their on-air time-slots.