Arlington Independent Media

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WERA - Community


Building a station is hard work. Keeping that station on the air also has its challenges, mainly in the form of maintaining consistent and interesting programming. We could just throw music into our automation and have it crank out a never-ending playlist over the air. But, Arlington Independent Media and WERA-LP were granted a construction permit for a community radio station; we're building Radio Arlington.

The bulk of our programming comes from Arlington / DMV residents, as required by an LPFM licensee. But, even with the ~60 applications that have been submitted, we want (and need) more.

If you're interested in hosting a program on WERA-LP, please do the following:

  1. Become a member of Arlington Independent Media.

  2. Enroll in and complete "Introduction to Community Media" and "On-air Radio Broadcast Training."

  3. Complete and submit a programming application.

  4. The Program Advisory and Review Council (PARC) will review your application and notify you upon approval.*

  5. Fill out some exciting paperwork on policies to finalize your time-slot.

  6. You're on the air!

*If your program application is not approved by the PARC, you are encouraged to build upon your idea and resubmit your application. You can also apply for a different program, if you would like.

Need some ideas for a program? Here's a list to help you out:

  • Weekly local news roundup

  • Round table discussions on local issues

  • Weekly community news and events calendar

  • Local arts

  • High school sports profiles

  • Weekly local music news and calendar

  • Arlington Business news

  • Interviews on the street

  • Cycling news / talk

  • Science / Technology

  • Animals

  • Food / cooking

  • Book club

  • Children’s programming

  • Radio dramas


  • Gender/sexuality

  • Feminism

  • Race

  • Class

  • Global and/or national human rights

  • Ska

  • American classical music

  • DMV-area punk/hardcore

  • Surfabilly

  • Dixieland Jazz

  • Classic hip-hop

  • Sound effects / soundscapes around town

  • Congolese

  • Riot grrrl

Arlington Independent Media
2701-C Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201