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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 https://www.facebook.com/events/2033683530189419/ to hop on the next event.

Also, if you’re interested in checking out more details, visit http://www.themusichop.com/ 

Help support your local music! 

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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 https://www.facebook.com/events/537981873041215/ for more details.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/widrlivesessions/to 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.

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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:

 

VIA CHECK

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:

WIDR FM

1501 Faunce Student Services Bldg

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5350

If you plan to come to the office after 5pm, email widr.gm@gmail.com or call ahead at 269-387-6301

VIA CREDIT CARD

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

VIA CASH

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 widr.gm@gmail.com or call ahead at 269-387-6301


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February 24th, 2016

UPCOMING SHOWS THIS WEEKEND:

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!
(http://www.ditkalamazoo.com/)

 

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Album Review: “Oh Wonder” album brings up wonderous emotions

February 5th, 2016

Written By: Christina Mora A&E Assistant Editor at the Western Herald
Infamous for selling out since their first performance in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in September 2015, London based duo Oh Wonder, is hitting the ground running.

Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht produce a mellow, R&B, keyboard/drum based alternative sound. The duo promised to write, record and release one song a month for a year starting in September 2014.
They finished the year with their do-it-yourself album, self named “Oh Wonder,” after signing with Republic Records. The band self-claimed their fame with their viral online streams.

In 2015, Oh Wonder was the second most blogged about band in the world. With 15 songs on the album, West and Gucht do a fabulous job at making each song original and intriguing. Due to the fact most songs on the album were written, recorded and released in one month, I am astonished I wanted to download all the songs on my iTunes library.

Their first single released, “Body Gold,” is the type of song you would see edited over a GoPro video of a crowd of girls wearing flower crowns dancing at a music festival. In my opinion, songs with this feel are the best way to get a band’s name out in this generation.

My favorite track is “Landslide,” which was their 10th single to be released. This song truly intoxicates me. Being the avid indie-pop and alternative music listener that I am, I live for songs that embody the quote “music sooths the soul,” which this song does ravishingly.

Josephine has a sweet but powerful sound to her voice. She mends perfectly with West’s mellow voice and overpowers him to the perfect extent without drowning him out. I praise the two for finding a perfect medium.

When I first heard “Whiteblood,” I instantly thought of the alternative England based artist, Birdy. However, iTunes compares Oh Wonder to The xx and The Weepies because of their shared alternative, R&B, indie-pop, and electropop genre.

Oh Wonder is making its way to to a handful of states in North America, including both Bonnaroo and Firefly music festivals. I would die to see this band at The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on July 21, 2016.

“Drive” is another song that brought up a lot of emotions for me. The majority of the album made me want to pitch up my ENO hammock by a lake and find my bliss while listening to it. Every song made me feel at peace, almost like the songs were made specifically for my life.

The album seems to be somewhat of a break-up album, which is a relatable concept. Even though I’m not currently going through a breakup, the songs dredge up past feelings. “Oh Wonder” steers my thoughts of my heavy heart toward my past relationship with the most tranquil approach that I am left grateful for.

The Duo appeared on the television show “Conan” this month and performed “Lose It,” which is the last song that stood out to me on a personal level. This is the kind of song I would listen to while walking around at night after a long day in my Michael Kors heels and black trench coat.

Oh Wonder’s album reached No. 26 in the Official UK Charts, No. 16 in Canadian charts and No. 80 in the United States Billboard. Hopefully, for my want of them to tour in Michigan, they will become more popular in North America. I am officially a fan of Gucht’s and West’s work and I adore the “Oh Wonder” album. I would rate this album a 10/10.

This album review is brought to you by the Western Herald.
Link to original: http://www.westernherald.com/arts_and_entertainment/article_367124ce-c88d-11e5-8619-6f65a5112c2e.html

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SWAGOWEEN VI: The Last SwaGoweening

October 30th, 2015

It’s time for an EXTRA GROOVY EXTRA SPOOKY edition of the Bat Guano SwaG! Dance Party!

Luckily, your hosts Bat Guano and Richard Bowser have provided the low-down:

HALLOWEEN NIGHT!

1. Bat and Richard will play SPOOKY records.
2. No costume, no candy.
3. We got candy.
4. We got fog and lasers and black lights.
6. The night ends at 2 a.m. Thanks to the time change, that is actually 3 a.m. EXTRA HOUR! THE WITCHING ITCHING BITCHING HOUR!
7. Free.
8. THE LAST SWAGOWEEN AT THE HOME BAR!

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WIDR Block Party 2015 Re-Cap

September 21st, 2015

The WIDR crew would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved with the WIDR BLOCK PARTY 2015. Whether you were volunteering with our merchandise table, performing on stage, or just there to have a good time, you made this day spectacular. We feel very supported by our community and can’t wait until next year.

In the meantime, keep it tuned to 89.1fm and check this killer re-cap video from our friends at YBOT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJdr1jYeDWY

 

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