Arlington Independent Media

Get on the Air

WERA - Get on the Air
Have your own show

Music lover? Storyteller? Intrepid reporter?

WERA is always accepting applications for new programs. Whether you’re a seasoned radio veteran or just a curious community member, we love hearing your ideas and will do everything necessary to get you on the air. Here’s what you need to get started:

Apply for a Program

Fill out a programming application, available here. You'll want to take some time to devise a concrete, specific, and practical proposal. The Program Advisory and Review Council (PARC) have also developed a list of "value statements" for WERA to determine whether or not a program fits our mission:

  • Service
  • Enrichment
  • Localism
  • Diversity
  • Community
  • Innovation

Applications that describe how your program contains these values will set you apart and increase your chances of being approved for airtime. If you need help solidifying your proposal, please don't hesitate to e-mail us at wera@arlingtonmedia.org, and we'll try and help you round out your idea.

You can submit a completed application the following ways:

If you're planning to e-mail your application, please use "WERA Application" as your subject line.

Once we process your application, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail indicating that your application is under review. Because of the volume of applications we receive, it may take several weeks before you hear from our Program Advisory and Review Council (PARC). In some cases, a member of the programming council will contact you via phone or e-mail requesting more information about your program. Whether or not your program is accepted, you will always be notified of your application’s status.

In the event we did not approve your application, don’t be discouraged! The PARC will provide you with constructive criticism, and you are encouraged to work on your proposal and submit again.

Upon approval, you’ll meet with an Arlington Independent Media staff member to sign you up for the appropriate training (if you’re not already registered), finalize your time slot, and sign a programming contract.


Currently, programmers must become members of Arlington Independent Media and enroll in two courses: Introduction to Community Media and On-Air Radio Broadcast. Additionally, if you are planning to produce a pre-recorded program on WERA instead of a live program, it is recommended that you enroll in AIM’s Basic Audio Production course to produce your program at broadcast quality.

Click here to find out more about WERA's training offerings and requirements.


Download the Program Application

WERA Program Application.pdf

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