88.9 WERS, New England’s first and oldest non-commercial radio station, broadcast from Emerson College, will hold its third annual 617 Day celebration of Massachusetts-based artists on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The celebration will be hosted by WERS Morning Show host George Knight and WERS Afternoon Show host Phil Jones who will be joined by more than a dozen local artists sitting in as guest DJs throughout the day highlighting their favorite songs by fellow local artists.

Guest DJs include local mainstays Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, and Dispatch; recent breakouts Air Traffic Controller, Anjimile, and Pronoun; and rising stars Kaiti Jones, Slothrust, and Future Teens. WERS will also welcome local artist and Emerson College Alum, Eric Hutchinson, who will serve as a guest DJ and introduce his favorite song by a local musician.

As it has for more than 70 years, WERS is proud to continue supporting local artists who are the heart and soul of our community. “For the last year, safety concerns dictated a more muted soundtrack in our city and in others around the world as we grappled with truly historic circumstances,” Howard “D” Simpson, Interim General Manager said. “Ever resilient, our community of musicians continued to provide hope through intimate virtual events. This 617 Day begins healing from this period by remembering all that we’ve been through and celebrating all that we are.”

For a full line-up of guest DJs as well as additional information about 617 Day, please visit Share #617Day on Twitter and Instagram using @WERS889, and on Facebook at

#617Day is made possible, in part, through listener support.

Lend your support through sponsorship by contacting Ali Dorman Fernandez, Associate Director of Underwriting and Corporate Support at ali_dorman_fernandez [at] (ali_dorman_fernandez[at]emerson[dot]edu).

About WERS 88.9 FM

Founded in 1949, WERS is a commercial-free, listener-supported station broadcast from Emerson College to Boston and beyond. The station is student-run with the guidance of a professional staff, who, together, produce award-winning programs. WERS has consistently been cited as the most highly-rated and critically-acclaimed college radio station in the country and stands as the first non-commercial radio station in New England.

About the College

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic as well as its new Global Portals, with the first opening last fall in Paris. The College has an active network of 51,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit