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2017 Battle of the Bands

February 13th, 2017

Welcome to the Home of WIDR FM’s 2017 Battle of the Bands 

We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported our first every Battle of the Bands competition!
Thanks to your support we were able to host 4 weeks of successful competitions, see below for information about who came out on top…

 

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Say Hello to our New Program Director!

January 12th, 2017

 

Evan Asher– Program Director

Alias: DJ Contra Asset

WMU Major: Accountancy

WIDR Start Date: Fall 2015

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Paul McCartney
  • Tame Impala
  • Parquet Courts
  • Steely Dan
  • Guppy

Recently Rockin’:

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  • BadBadNotGood
  • MF DOOM

Favorite Thing About WIDR: Being surrounded by music loving people and being exposed to new music everyday. Helping build the music scene and general attitude towards music in Kalamazoo.

Goal for WIDR: Get every person on campus who wants to DJ, DJing at WIDR.

Fun Fact: I’m actually 6’8″ tall.

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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 facebook.com/WesternMichiganUniversity

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 mywmu.com)
    • 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.

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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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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.

 

WHAT TO SUBMIT:

  • 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.)

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON THE “WIDR WEEK 2016″ TAB

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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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WIDR 60th Anniversary Bash!

August 29th, 2012

It’s finally here! Long planned and long awaited, the WIDR reunion to eclipse all other reunions has arrived.

WIDR 60th Anniversary Bash form

You can find more information about the event itself, Ancient Air, and WIDR historical documents at the WIDR Alumni Society site and interact with your fellow alum in the WIDR Alumni Facebook group. Remember, if you want to attend the private event, your payments must arrive at WIDR on or before September 15th.

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You wanted more and you’re getting it

April 24th, 2012

We’re only five days away from WIDR Sliders & Brew 2! Are you pumped? We sure are. If you’ve been on the fence about coming, which seems odd to us, maybe a glimpse at some of the awesome beers we’ll have this Sunday from 2-6pm at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Support WIDR and have some great Michigan beer! Remember, this isn’t a complete list, since each brewer will be showcasing three brews each. We like having a few surprises.

Arcadia Ales
- B Craft Black IPA
- Shipwreck Porter

B. Nektar Meadery
- Vanilla Cinnamon

Dark Horse Brewing Co.
- Artic Eert Dekoorc
- Plead The 5th

Founder’s Brewing Co.
- Breakfast Stout

Greenbush Brewing Co.
- Sunspot

Michigan Beer Cellar
- Uncle Krunkle’s Dunkelweisen

Mount Pleasant Brewing Co.
- Wit Dream
- Scared Gruit Ale

New Holland Brewing Company
- Dragon’s Milk Ale
- Imperial Hatter IPA

Right Brain Brewery
- Spiny Norman IPA

The Round Barn Winery, Distillery, & Brewery
- Cocoa Stout
- Oak Aged IPA

Saugatuck Brewing Company
- Reverent Monk

Short’s Brewing Company
- Freedom of ’78
- Thunder

Tri-City Brewing
- Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
- Giant Slayer Russian Imperial Stout

Vander Mill Cider
- Chapman’s Blend
- Totally Roasted

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Henry Rollins is coming in less than a month!

February 22nd, 2012

In case you somehow missed it…

Get your tickets!

Tickets are on sale now at The State Theater box office or Ticket Master.

In addition to Henry Rollins being awesome and his talking shows’ general kick assery, proceeds from this show will go to support WIDR, so every ticket to see Henry is supporting Radio Evolution. Is doesn’t get much better than that.

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