The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid to Die— Smoke and Felt from the album Leaf Ellis/Smoke and Felt


October 24th, 2016

You can come out to Rupert’s Brew House on Thursday Oct. 27th to get spooky. The doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm. There is a costume contest with WIDR prizes to win, the costume theme is battle of the bands. There will also be some awesome bands to listen to and enjoy!

Perillo (Kzoo)-

The Cantaloupes (Kzoo)-

The Hemingers (Coldwater)-

Ghost Bunnies (Kzoo)-

There is also WIDR merch to give away and sell. This is not a show to miss out on! Hope to see you there!


WIDR FM Takes On Homecoming 2016

September 28th, 2016
This year’s Homecoming at Western Michigan University will take place from October 3rd-8th, and we here at WIDR could not be more excited!

We are excited to announce that our very own General Manager, Gianna Capadona, has been selected to be a part of the Western Michigan University 2016 Homecoming Court!

Gianna will be running alongside Collin Keener, to find out more head to their page at

If you are still in need of plans for Homecoming week and weekend, check out the list of events that WIDR is taking part in:

  • Wednesday, October 5th
    • Western Wednesday
      • At the Flag Poles, 12-2pm
    • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
      • Student Rec Center, 9pm
  • Thursday, October 6th
    • Homecoming Block Party
      • Miller Plaza, 5-7pm
  • Saturday, October 8th
    • WMU Stampede Tailgate
      • Lot 1, 3-6pm (tickets available at
    • Homecoming Football Game
      • Waldo Stadium, 7pm
      • Head to the game to see our GM represent WIDR on Homecoming Court!
    • WIDR Alumni Society Presents and Evening with Annette Taborn and Friends
      • Shakespeare’s Lower Level, 9pm
      • 21+ and Tickets are $15
      • Proceeds benefit the Jules Rossman Scholarship Fund
Also, be sure to tune in all weekend long to hear Ancient Air, where we invite alumni back to take over the air waves again!


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Say Hello To The Newest WIDR Director!

September 28th, 2016

Andrew Paulissen – Production Director

WMU Major: Multimedia Arts Technology with a Minor in Computer Science

WIDR Start Date: August 2016

 Top 5 Artists:

  • Pink Floyd
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Beatles
  • Deadmau5
  • Gorrilaz

Recently Rockin’:

  • Lost Boys by Ruth B
  • The album Classics by .exe
  • Where do i belong by infected mushroom
  • Messiah by I See MONSTAS
  • More than Gravity by Colin and Caroline

Goals: To increase the Quantity and Quality of the Content on widr, and to Introduce some large scale projects.

Favorite Thing About WIDR: All the people. People here are awesome.

Fun Fact: I’ve been playing instruments since I was 6.

Information, Random Fun

Looking for something to do this weekend?

September 12th, 2016

Check out some local music this Friday the 16th at Shakespeare’s Lower Level for our WIDRAMA!

Pets, Last Gasp Collective, Vines and True F.O will be playing.

Check out the FB event page for more details:


WIDR would like to thank…

August 17th, 2016

Pedal Bicycle for supporting the station for another year. You can discover the spin within at or visit them at 611 West Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or at 185 Romence Rd Portage, MI 490252


Fat Guy Fest is here!

July 29th, 2016

Looking for something to do August 5th-7th? Fat Guy Fest just might be your bag.

Check out for more details!


WayHome Festival

July 20th, 2016

Two of our WIDR members will be embarking upon a journey from July 21st-July 24th to Ontario, Canada to see an eclectic mix of marvelous music.

Keep it tuned to 89.1 FM for ticket giveaways, festival updates, reviews and more!


MoPop Ticket Giveaway!

June 22nd, 2016

Interested in checking out one of Detroit’s most acclaimed festivals of the year? MoPop is back and full of eclectic, catchy artists that will bring a great line up of music for everyone to enjoy. Artists like Mac DeMarco, Alex G, Matt & Kim, Fidlar, Nothing But Thieves and many more!

Keep your eyes peeled on WIDR FM’s snapchat, widrfm, and you just might have to find one of the directors in person on Western’s campus for a chance to win tickets to this event.

Good luck and we hope to have some winners today!


Bonnaroo Highlights

June 17th, 2016

Two of our WIDR Directors recently came back from going to one of the largest music festivals in America to date, Bonnaroo. This music festival carries a vast range of eclectic, unique and hip musical performances that reach for anyone’s desires. They had the wonderful opportunity to see some great acts along the way.

Band Highlights & Reviews

Mothers had an inspiring, impressive and well delivered performance. After missing them come through Kalamazoo last year and given the popularity of the group, I was rather surprised to see them on the bill for Bonnaroo. Nevertheless, I was excited to be able to hear one of my favorite EP’s in person, It Hurts Until It Doesn’t . They had effortlessly opened their set with tracks from their newest record When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired and even brought some of their best tracks from their first EP. It Hurts Until It Doesn’t and No Crying In Baseball were personally the two best songs performed during the set. The band had an apparent energy between them that was both catchy and heartwarming. Overall, Mothers had beautifully delivered a sense of smooth dynamic changes, aching drapes of vocals over tight guitar communication and emotional percussive elements brought to pull their songs together in an intriguing composition.

Band of Horses last came to Michigan in Ann Arbor several years ago and I had snagged the chance to see them as soon as I could. As wonderful as my first experience with them was, nothing brought forth more emotion than seeing them perform at this festival accompanied by hundreds of people. With an exquisitely raw performance, BoH delivered a dense set full of tracks varying from all of their best records. Heart-wrenching compositions from their highly revered albums such as The Funeral from Everything All The Time and No One’s Gonna Love You from Cease to Begin. They also brought some of their catchiest tracks such as Is There a Ghost? to lighten and even out the flow of the set. Overall, Band of Horses had brought a refreshing, strong sound of indie rock with prominent southern folk influences that replenished the dry heat in Tennessee.

Oh Wonder at Bonnaroo only a year after Josephine and Anthony wrote their first song together while sitting in “her parents garden.” How inspiring, or maybe how dissuading? Regardless, they have gone from a backyard garden to playing fields filled with huge stages and thousands of campers, in one year. Rightfully so, though, I would say. Their vocal harmonies were far beyond describing them as two people singing together, maybe more like one superhuman with two sets of golden vocal chords… and the synth work and electronics were exceptionally complimented with live drums, bass, and guitar; something that is all too often done ineffectively. I prefer to feel, believe, and know that the music is coming directly from the performers souls, without being constricted by a click or prerecorded track; well done Oh Wonder.

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Allen Stone, even in 100 degrees and direct sunlight, delivered an extremely high energy performance of his revitalized take on Soul, Funk, and R & B. The fact that he is the son of a preacher and got his start in church really shows through his soaring vocal melodies, stage presence, and communication with the crowd. The shimmering guitars and brass harmonies, vertigo inducing organ sounds, and gut wrenching downbeats were, oddly, all you needed to forget about the fact the your skin was being vaporized by the hot hot hot Tennessee sun. Thank you Mr. Stone.
(Photo Credit: Filmmagic)


WIDRAMA @ Louie’s Back Room (June 11th)

June 3rd, 2016

Interested in supporting WIDR and fantastic bands next weekend? WIDRAMA is your chance to do so. We will be having a table with merch, free gear and a donation bin if you feel so inclined.

Bent Knee, Less is More and Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts will be performing, so you won’t want to miss a good night.

For more information, check out

See you there!