Friday, June 2, 2017


2017 WERS Hall of Fame inductees are, clockwise,
from top left: Debra Daigle, MA '83, Roger Lifeset '67,
Dave Thomson '69, and Linda Coombs '77.

Boston’s Emerson College loves its graduates and recognizes their good work. 

This weekend, as part of the College’s Alumni Weekend, four pros will be inducted into the WERS Hall of Fame. 

The ceremony will take place Saturday, June 3, 3:00–4:30 pm, in the Semel Theater. 

Information is available here.

2017 inductees include leaders in radio, news and music industries:

ROGER LIFESET (Emerson Class of 1967) is founder and president of Peer Pressure Promotions. In the late 960s an early 970s Lifeset was involved in the Boston music scene and influential progressive rock station WBCN.

Lifeset (2nd from left) backstage at a Captain Beefheart show in 1970

Lifeset moved into full-time artist and record promotions. He worked for Warner Brothers, ABC Dunhill and Universal Records. Lifeset played important roles in the success of the J. Geils’ Band, Modern Lovers, Bruce Springsteen, The Cars, Boston, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper.

In the late 1970s, Lifeset left the corporate world and founded Peer Pressure Promotions, a thriving independent music promotion company based in Agoura Hills, California.

DAVE THOMPSON (Emerson Class of 1969) began his career in radio at WERS forerunner WECB. Over the next for decades Thompson was an announcer for stations in New York (WXLO 99X), Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, Baltimore, and Sacramento. He is also an Emerson College Trustee.

LINDA COOMBS (Emerson Class of 1977) is operations manager of CBS Radio News in New York. In her radio news career she has produced breaking news, coordinated special events, and work at the assignment desk. Before joining CBS in the mid 1980s, Coombs was a news reporter for RKO Radio Networks.

DEBRA DAIGLE (Emerson Class of 1983) is currently associate director of media relations at Wellesley College. For many years, Daigle was a reporter, producer and All Things Considered at WGBH.  She also was the Capitol Hill correspondent for Unistar Radio Network in the late 2980s.

Other members of the WERS Hall of Fame you might know include WGBH Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu; Dean Cappello, Executive VP and Chief Content Officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio; Jacquie Gales Webb, radio project manager at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and communications attorney Howard Liberman.


Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), moved me deeply with her commentary distributed Thursday (6/1). Sally decided she need a “radio home” where she lives in Denver.  So, she adopted a station. I wish I could do what Sally has down and perhaps you will feel that way too. Here is what she wrote:

In March I moved the NFCB office from a room in my house to space inside Denver’s community Jazz station jewel, KUVO.

After three years of service on behalf of member stations around the country, I simply felt too alone to carry the message anymore. I missed my beloved home station KVNF. I needed to experience community media, not just talk about it. Within days I felt the pull on my heart's strings return.

[I love] The sound of high school Jazz band members laughing over pizza and excited to play music together in the studio, the friendly conversation of staffers' grandchildren – all of these interludes drove the message back home to me yet again….when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

Thank you, Sally. BTW – NCFB’s annual Community Media Conference is being held July 17 – 19.  More information is here.

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