On May 1, 1988, after eight years of planning and work by an highly dedicated group of volunteers, WERU began broadcasting at 89.9 FM from the top of Blue Hill Mountain on the coast of Maine. Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) was the station's first benefactor and from whose converted chicken coop, affectionately known as "The Henhouse," WERU first broadcast.
In 1997 the station moved to its current location on U.S. Route 1 in East Orland, centrally located in the middle of the radio station’s signal area.
WERU is noncommercial and independent, and from its inception it has been a grassroots, volunteer-powered and listener-supported community radio service.
WERU offers over 50 genres of music as well as a wide variety of national and local news, public affairs and short spoken-word features. Almost all of WERU’s local content is produced by volunteers from the community.
WERU is a member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Maine Association of Broadcasters.