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Kiva Session with Saxsquash & The Bridge Band!

November 16th, 2016

Thursday December 1st WIDR is having their first Kiva session of the semester with Kalamazoo’s very own Saxsquash & The Bridge Band! The Kiva room is adjacent to the WIDR studio in the basement of the Faunce Student Services building. Come bring yourself and some friends down to the Faunce Building on December 1st for some rockin’ tunes.

This is a great opportunity to dive into the DIT community inside WMU. Help make our show great! You can check out some of their stuff here!


Looking for something to do on a Thursday night?

November 9th, 2016

Homegrown in Kalamazoo, Performers Workshop
hosted by singer/songwriter, Kaitlin Rose

Old Dog Tavern 
every Thursday night from 8pm-11pm (21+ after 9)
Free of charge!
- This workshop is aimed at helping musicians take their act to the next level.
- Group participation is strongly encouraged.
- Kaitlin takes notes on each performers and participants workshop together once during the intermission and again at the end of the night.
- We’re all about providing constructive feedback, sharing where
we think artists can grow as well as complimenting them on what they do well!
If anyone is interested! It’s worth checking out!


WIDR FM’s 2017 Battle of the Bands

November 2nd, 2016



WIDR FM is Proud to Announce That we Will be Hosting our First Annual Battle of the Bands Competition, and we Need You!

We are opening for submissions from November 12th-December 16th.

Each band is asked to fill out an online application, and submit 2-3 song recordings along with a band photo.

If you are interested, and want to find more information about how you can get involved, head to our new Battle of the Bands 2017 tab!

Rock On Kalamazoo!

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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!


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)