Uriah Heep— Sunrise from the album The Magician's Birthday

WIDR Week Dates!

January 29th, 2015

Just a quick post to let you all know that WIDR Week 2015 is officially in the process of being organized!

WIDR Week 2015 will take place

Friday March 13 through Sunday March 22!

Save up your extra cash to donate to your favorite station and get ready for fun. We’ll have new premiums, ticket giveaways, showcases and special events all “week” long. Check back later for updates.


Tonight @ Home Bar: A SwaG! Dance Party

January 24th, 2015

It’s that time of the month, WIDR listeners. No….the other time of the month. It’s time for a SwaG! Dance Party!

Tonight at Home Bar veteran disc jockeys Bat Guano and Richard Bowser will be spinnin’ from their personal record collections. You can dance and drink the night away – is there a better way to spend your Saturday night?

WIDRfm will be present to provide you with a handy-dandy donation jar so you can support your favorite radio station. We will also have $5 tshirts, mugs, pints and more!

Wear your best vest and come on out!


WIDR Staff 2015

January 19th, 2015

The faces (behind the voices) of WIDR 2015 – give or take a few absentees. If you’d like to be a part of our big happy family, check us out in the Faunce Student Services Building on WMU’s campus.

Thanks to Bat Guano of the Bat Guano SwaG! Radio Program for his photography skills.

Fonz and Maleeha makin’ lovey dovey eyes. CUTE


Generationals Tonight @ Bell’s

January 17th, 2015

Tonight at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Generationals are chillin’ hard and makin’ sweet tunes for your listenin’ pleasure.

Generationals released Alix via Polyvinyl Records last September and have come a long way since their early days back in 2007. Alix is an infectious synth-pop 80s-throwback dream of an album. We guarantee you’ll want to snag a tape to play in your car over and over again this summer.

Opening for the duo are Elel and everyone’s favorite Detroit trop goth group Jamaican Queens.


Buy Tickets: http://bnds.in/1FZhlx1


Stay Safe, WIDR Listeners

January 10th, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, nearly 200 cars were involved in a multiple-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 just outside of Battle Creek, MI. Cars were backed up going both directions on the freeway. One vehicle contained fireworks which ignited at the scene when struck by a semi truck.

Photo: Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer

This situation was tragic and one life was lost. Many people were injured and  countless vehicles were damaged. The freeway has been functional as of this morning. Thank you to the Western Herald for keeping WIDR informed.

Please be safe when traveling snowy winter roads at high speeds. Keep it tuned to 89.1 fm WIDR  for more updates.


WIDR’s DJ Harbargain: His 2014 Favorites

January 5th, 2015

DJ Hardbargain spinning at the WIDR Block Party 2014. Image by Mandy Hess

My first thought when all the year end lists start to come is always “I didn’t listen to nearly enough new music this year”. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and taste making competitions. The important thing to remember is to have fun. These lists shouldn’t be about who has the best taste. Don’t let yrself feel left out if you didn’t hear all the stuff Pitchfork thinks yr supposed to like. Music is here to make you think, feel alive, challenge, uplift, inspire and give feeling to the often hum drum daily experiences.

Here’s some of the music I enjoyed this year, new and old. I’m not listing these in any order. I’ve spent more time with some than others. The true test of an album comes years after it’s release so who knows where these will rank once I’ve fully absorbed them.

Read more…


Boogie in an Xmas Wonderland: A SwaG! Dance Party

December 20th, 2014

That’s right, WIDR listeners. Tonight at Home Bar you have a chance to get funky with Santa and Krampus!

Once a month Home Bar hosts two of WIDR’s veteran disk jockeys Bat Guano and Richard Bowser for themed all-night dance parties. They’ll spin records until bar close. It’s your favorite WIDR shows happening live, before your very eyes!

Check the official Facebook event below for more information and updates from Krampus himself.


Due to the holiday break, WIDR directors will not be tabling at the event. We hope to see you next time!


Neutral Milk Hotel at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

December 10th, 2014

An upcoming show has just been announced and WIDR’s got the scoop- Neutral Milk Hotel will be performing Thursday, April 28, 2015 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. You read that right.

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 11 starting at 10:00am EST.

See more event details at http://www.kazoostate.com/thursday-april-23rd-at-800pm-neutral-milk-hotel/

A portion of Neutral Milk Hotel’s concert proceeds and $1 from every ticket sold to this show will be donated to Children Of The Blue Sky and others in need.


200th Episode of DONTBESQUARE JAMZ tonight

December 4th, 2014
Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! The time has come!  Episode 200 of DONTBESQUARE JAMZ will land on the air waves ( Thursday 12/4/14 5-7pm EST ) on Kalamazoo’s WIDR 89.1 FM!
This episode is the culmination of over four years of reaching for the pinnacle of jam radio!  To celebrate, I’ll be hosting a huge jam session live on-air. I’ve gathered Kalamazoo’s finest musicians from the scene for a one time only jam session in the WIDR FM studio. I can’t wait to see where the music takes us! I can’t thank all of the people who have made the show possible enough. Without all of the listeners, bands, people out on the streets, hard working WIDR staff and WIDR supporters/donors out there none of this would be possible. I could never have imagined taking this show to where it is today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all!
If you’re not in the broadcast area hop on the live web-stream during the show at http://widrfm.org/stream/ .  If you miss the live broadcast head over to http://dontbesquare.com and re-listen to the musical magic crafted live and in the moment.  Listen to WIDR using your phone or tablet!  Download the FREE TuneIn Radio App from your device’s app store.
Much Love!


WIDR + Chavis Chandler, DeLaZoo, and Sic Musiq

October 10th, 2014

Clean Skatewear, WIDR FM and HighClarity have come together to bring you Chavis Chandler with a special guest performance by DeLaZoo. Our very own DJ Sic Musiq, host of the Mid-day Mix here on WIDR every Friday, will be hosting the event.

It all goes down this Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Papa Petes. Doors open at 9!