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The Music Hop in Kalamazoo

May 9th, 2016

Intrigued by the thought of watching varying musical performances around downtown Kalamazoo that occur in local coffee shops, bars, art galleries, studios and more? The Music Hop is an eclectic gathering of wonderful music performances that are free to the public that occur every third Friday of the month. It’s a great way to immerse yourself within the creative community that Kalamazoo has to offer, especially with its growing reputation for becoming a “music hub of the north”.

Check out to hop on the next event.

Also, if you’re interested in checking out more details, visit 

Help support your local music! 


10,500 Benefit Concert at Rupert’s on April 23rd

April 21st, 2016

Are you interested in helping to fight hunger around Kalamazoo and surrounding areas?

Various food banks, organizations and other resources are striving to help the 10,500+ children that struggle to fill their plates on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these organizations can only do so much and this is where you come in! Even with insufficient funding to sustain these programs, this benefit could use your support to help keep these organizations afloat.

A great way to participate is going to the 10,500 Benefit Concert at Rupert’s April 23rd from 8pm-1am

$1=3 meals

Exclusive 10,500 bracelets sold for a $5 donation
(Orange bracelets in unity with child hunger month in September)
$1 per beer sold will be donated
You can donate any amount at the event.

All funds go directly to Loaves and Fishes of Kalamazoo to support weekend foodpacks for our KPS kids.

There will be a fantastic set list from local bands such as By Jr, Last Gasp Collective and Kalamazoo Funk Collective!

If you’re interested, check out for more details.


WIDR Basement Show

April 13th, 2016

For anyone that is interested to checking out some live in-studio secessions we have our weekly basement shows every Monday from 7-8pm. Both local and national artists bring an eclectic array of sounds that are worth the listen.

Tune to 89.1 fm or you can stream it online.

For more information you can check out see photo updates of the bands and you can also catch videos part of the live sessions under the “media” tab.

If you are in a band or doing solo work in your bedroom we are interested to hear it! Email widr.sessions@gmail to get booked for a day in the studio to get your music on the airwaves.


Design Competition Results

March 28th, 2016

After a long few weeks of waiting, we are pleased to announce the winner and runner-ups of our 2016

Logo Design Competition!

But first, a quick thank you to all who participated, we loved seeing all the creativity you guys have, and look forward to more submissions from you in future events!

In first place, and the winner of our $100 Grand Prize is a hand-drawn design by Kayley K.

Our 3 runner-up designs, and winners of WIDR Swag Bags, come from Frank V., Megan E., and Stan C.

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WIDR Week is here!

March 21st, 2016

Today marks the beginning of our 50th annual WIDR Week celebration!

Because of the generosity of our donors, WIDR-FM has been able to carry out its mission of radio evolution for more than 64 years, and hopes to continue on for many years to come.

That is why for this year’s WIDR Week we have made it our mission to raise $10,000 to redesign ourselves and advance further in our own evolution as a station.With these donations, we are hoping to make serious upgrades to our studios, office spaces, and digital presence in order to improve the experience of both listener and DJ. We also hope to use the money towards sponsoring more frequent, high-quality events in our community so we can give back to our listeners.

If you’re feeling generous, or just want to get your hands on some of our fantastic premiums, check out the instructions below on how you can show your support!

How To Donate:



To those who wish to pay with checks, know that all checks must be made out to Western Michigan University, with WIDR FM in the message line.

If this is not done correctly, the money will go to WMU, and not WIDR. They can mail checks to our offices at the following address:


1501 Faunce Student Services Bldg

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5350

If you plan to come to the office after 5pm, email or call ahead at 269-387-6301


If you wish to pay with a credit card, they can go online to where you will click “Make A Gift” and follow the instructions to complete the donation.


If you wish to pay with cash, we suggest they stop in to our extended office hours (see below) or one of our WIDR Week events so that you may pay in person.

If that is not an option, you may also send it to us through the mail to the address listed above.

If you choose to donate $30, or more, you will have earned yourself one of our 3 awesome premium packages!

In order to pick up your premiums, you may come to our extended office hours at the address listed above Monday-Friday going from 3/21-4/1.

Here are the hours throughout the week

Monday: 5-7pm

Tuesday: 4-6pm

Wednesday: 5-7pm

Thursday: 4-6pm

Friday: 3-6pm

Hope to see you there!

If you plan to come to the office after 5pm, email or call ahead at 269-387-6301


WIDR Week Donation Premiums

March 17th, 2016

It’s that awesome time of the year again, where the snow begins to melt, and we emerge from our hibernation into the magic that is WIDR Week! And this year is a special one as we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this celebration. For those of you who, like us, love Radio Evolution and want to show us some love with your donations this week, here is a preview of this year’s premiums:

If you donate $30 or more:

Your choice of a WIDR Mug or Pint Glass

If you donate $50 or more:

Your choice of a WIDR Mug or Pint Glass

2016 WIDR Week T-shirt

If you donate $89.10 or more:

Your choice of a WIDR Mug or Pint Glass

Classic WIDR Baseball T

Chance to adopt a DJ of your choice

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2016 WIDR Logo Design Competition

March 1st, 2016

Are you creative?

Are you savvy with programs like Photoshop or Logo Design Studio?

Would you like to see one of your designs on REAL merchandise?

Would you like $100?

Do you love Radio Evolution?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then WIDR needs you!


This year WIDR FM is putting out an open call for designs to be used on our merchandise for the 2016-2017 school year.

Here is everything you need to know about the contest:


JUDGING CRITERIA: Initial entries will be evaluated by the WIDR Director Staff, and judged based on appeal, creativity, content, and marketability. Once the top 5 designs are chosen, they will then be voted on by the public. If your image is selected, we will need the full art in its original file (in layers or vectors) and the font that was used.



  • A file of the design (.jpg or .png)

  • A PDF document with complete contact Information (Full name, Email, and preferred Phone Number), as well as a short description about the inspiration for the design, as well as what medium it would serve best on (T-shirts, bumper stickers, etc.)



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February 24th, 2016


February 23rd, 2016

Hey all!

We’ve got some rad shows happening around the area so if any of you are looking for some music to support and check out, these are some good places to start.

Friday Feb. 26th:

  • Bike Tuff, Guppy & Murder Party @ Louie’s Back Room 

Saturday Feb. 27th:

  • Vida Eterna, Hello Emerson, Overly Polite Tornadoes, Field Sleeper & Fiona Dickinson @ Louie’s Back Room 
  • Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, ByJR, Mushmen & Ghost Bunnies @ The Free Clinic 
  • Vines, Dad Jeans, True F.O & Edith @ Rey Mysterio’s 

Sunday Feb. 28th:

  • 11th annual gumbo cook off feat. Big Trouble, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Cat Fish, Saxsquatch and the Bridge Band, Big Boss Blues, Out of Favor Boys & Megan Dooley @ Louie’s Back Room 
Thanks to DITKALAMAZOO for keeping up with shows happening around town!



Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (WIDR Classic Spotlight)

February 23rd, 2016


An eagerly anticipated debut record from the rich indie-folk band from Wisconsin released back in ’07. The album’s tracks consist of warm, echoing layers draped in lush choral walls, with the occasional accompaniment of an acoustic guitar and simplistic percussive elements. Justin Vernon’s hauntingly entangled words and falsetto vocal style tie together the exquisite embrace.

Definitely worth a listen!

A WIDR reviewer wrote of it at the time: “Generally quiet freak folk, strange little songs that sneak inside your head. Mostly acoustic guitar based, lots of ambient backing vocals. Nice!”


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