The WAER sports staff is made up entirely of students. It provides daily sports updates as well as play-by-play for Syracuse University football, men's basketball, and men's lacrosse. A pregame show begins 30 minutes before each broadcast (Countdown to Kickoff, Tipoff, or Faceoff) with a halftime segment (Orange at the Half) and a postgame wrap-up (The Double Overtime).
The WAER talk show staff is student-run and puts on two types of show. One, the Double Overtime, airs after every football, basketball, and lacrosse game. This is a post-game call-in show that also includes a reporter, who explains what the coaches and players said to the media after the games. Some callers include former SU lacrosse All-American Ric Beardsley, as well as former SU basketball player Eric Devendorf.
The music department is organized by Eric Cohen, multiple-time winner of National Jazz Programmer of the Year. E.C. is one of the most well-respected and influential jazz D.J.'s of the modern radio era (1970–present). Larry Hoyt is the longtime voice of Common Threads on WAER. Larry blends smooth vocals with whimsical folk melodies. Cora Thomas is the office supervisor and first lady of gospel music in Central New York,as she maintains a Sunday morning show on WAER airing from 6-8AM.
Since February 2010, WAER has partnered with Syracuse University's WERW 1570. WERW is a student-run, free-format station, which is currently only available through iTunes radio. The partnership has resulted in a weekly, 3-hour show, called Real College Radio on WAER, which is hosted by alternating reps of a select cohort of WERW DJs. The genre is Adult Album Alternative (AAA), and each DJ brings their own new flavor to the WAER offerings.