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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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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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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

Independent Music, Information, Music Director, Music Reviews, New Music, Programming, Random Fun, Uncategorized

BTF is almost here!

October 12th, 2011

Hey there WIDRites,

We’re only three days away from Barking Tuna Fest 2011! Everyone at the station is pumped, not just because we’ve got such rockin’, consummate showmen and women coming to party with us, but because so many of you have gone out of your way to show us your love and support. Whether it’s stopping by to get posters for your business, calling the DJs with BTF artist requests, or just yelling at us through car windows that you’re stoked for the show, you’ve heartened us considerably and we can’t wait to hang with you at the show.

As a small favor, if you are coming, would you let us know on Facebook? Night one is here and night two is here. It’s just exciting to see who’s coming and there are quite a few of you that I’ve yet to meet in person, so knowing your mug makes the random hugging less awkward.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, links are as follows: Night 1 – DJ Boone, U.S.S.A., Neil Hamburger, Coma Nova, and Bad Indians and Night 2 – Ty Beat vs. Jaws That Bite vs. Nunca Duerma, Self Says, French Horn Rebellion, Mexicans With Guns, and Orchard Lounge.

For those who’ve been asking, Neil Hamburger will be going on around ten. He’s a big name, but a middle of the night kind of gent, so don’t miss him because of some misguided belief in being fashionably late.

One final note to the fellas who’ve tempted me with offers of marriage, those who show up to BTF will be given preferential treatment once the Odysseus-worthy Ithician suitor trials begin. Just something to think about.

WIDR4Lyfe!

- Johanna

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Dead at WIDR – White Girl Wasted

August 17th, 2011

Here’s a new Dead at WIDR featuring local hip-hop artist White Girl Wasted — You can catch them performing a show this Thursday at the Globe Theater. Check out a sample below and download the full set here!

Dead @ WIDR Performances, Independent Music

It’s a sound salvation

June 7th, 2011

Once again, a dark cloud hangs over the world of college and independent radio; we’ve lost another one of our own. The announcement has been made that Vanderbilt University’s campus station WRVU is being sold by their university to Nashville Public Radio and being converted to a classical station. This isn’t the first time either. Many of you remember the shock in January when it was announce that Bay Area staple KUSF had their license sold out from under them in much the same circumstances. Though the sale is still pending for KUSF, the folks at KTRU in Houston have been living with the loss of their FM presence for months.

Many are still fighting to get their station back, and maybe WRVU will be able to do the same, but each blow to stations like ours remind us how fortunate we are to have a place like WIDR to call home, both on the air and off. Don’t forget how important it is to let people in your school, work, and community know that WIDR is vital to you and your life.

So to our fallen and struggling independent radio brothers and sisters, we salute you. Keep fighting the good fight and we’ll keep spinning the non-hits on actual vinyl.

Independent Music, Information, News

Dead at WIDR – In Euphoric Company, Gunship Radio

May 4th, 2011

We at WIDR want to help usher in the summer weather by giving you all some music to frolic about to. We present the following…

In Euphoric Company — South Bend, Indiana — these guys stopped by mid-April to deliver some soothing sounds on a rainy afternoon. Hit their facebook up. Check out a sample of their set below, and then download the rest HERE

Gunship Radio — Kalamazoo, Michigan — some good home-grown rock’n'roll — be sure not to miss these folks if they’re playing. their facebook here! Check out a sample below and download the rest HERE.

Dead @ WIDR Performances, Independent Music, Information, Local Music, New Music

The band’s gotta eat too

January 18th, 2011

By now you’ve all figured out that WIDR is wholly dedicated to supporting independent music and the people/bands that make it, but most of you probably have no idea what life is like for these artists, especially on the road. Once you do, you’ll understand how important it is that you go to shows, buy a bit of merch, or at the very least put a couple of bucks in the donation jar.

AltPress’s Emily Zemler wrote a fantastic article about the survival and financial realities of the average traveling band; No Money, Mo’ Problems. There are a couple of excerpts below, but do yourself a favor and read the whole article. The math for touring bands is terrifying.

The idea that musicians—even well-known musicians who sell out large club shows—have money is a misconception for the most part. Financial concerns and viability obviously vary from artist to artist; no two musicians are exactly the same when it comes to money and how it’s made and spent. But what most fans fail to realize is how much it costs to be a musician and how much more it costs to be a musician on the road.

Almost every touring band advocates the dollar menu at McDonald’s, and JONATHAN DEVOTO, frontman of BIRD BY BIRD and formerly of THE MATCHES says, “I’ve definitely gotten food poisoning on multiple occasions from eating food that was a little past its expiration point. It’s incredibly difficult to justify throwing away perfectly good food—rotten, mind you—when you only have $2 left in your wallet.”

Pay close attention to the numbers in the article. If a groups is affiliated with a label, chances are they’re shelling out their own money to sell you CD’s and tee shirts, which doesn’t mean much profit wise. We’re lucky in Kalamazoo, because we have so many truely independent, unaffiliated artists, but that means they’re footing 100% of the costs for recording and pressing CD’s or making other merch themselves, which doesn’t leave much at the end of the day. And if they’re traveling in a van that’s older than they are, the emergency expenses can decimate a tour and the chances of being able to make more music.

Next time you see a non-arena band you like, ask yourself, have they eaten today and when will they eat next? And every time you go to a WIDR sponsored event, know that we’re doing our very best to make sure the band has enough to have real, unexpired food, get gas, and make it to their next show. Without your support, we can’t do it and neither can they.

Articles, Independent Music, Information