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Meet The Directors

Grace Roeder – General Manager

Alias: DJ Darwin

WMU Major: English and Communications

Length of time involved with WIDR: I started DJing in the spring of 2012

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Modest Mouse
  • Mason Jennings
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Kimya Dawson
  • Sleigh Bells

Recently Rocking:

  • The Knife
  • Laura Stevenson
  • Mahria
  • Dirty Projectors

Favorite thing about WIDR: I love that we are a space for music that does not have a space anywhere else on the radio.

Goal for WIDR: To continue spreading the message of radio evolution, to put more shows on, and to become more of a presence in the Kalamazoo music scene.


Zach Smith – Promotions Director 

Alias: DJ Zackley Kid

WMU Major:  Anthropology/Film and Media Communications

WIDR Start Date: May 2013

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Loma Prieta
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • Botch
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Lead Belly

Recently Rocking:

  • City Cop
  • Scowler
  • Lock Tender
  • Alta

Favorite thing about WIDR: Place for local musicians to stream their creations for all to hear!

Goal for WIDR:  To bring more live music to Kalamazoo.


Jax Kappeler – Program Director

Alias: DJ Vodka Jax

WMU Major: FVM

WIDR Start Date: Fall 2012

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Gogol Bordello
  • La Dispute
  • Streetlight Manifesto
  • Blink-182
  • Modest Mouse

Recently Rockin’

  • Mean Lady
  • The Beards
  • Mushmen
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Tarmac Adam

Favorite Thing About WIDR: Discovering new music everyday.

Goal for WIDR: To keep live DJs on the air!


Joseph Silver – Music Director

Alias: DJ Smokey Joe

WMU Major: Rhetoric & Writing Studies

WIDR Start Date: April 2013

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Cocteau Twins
  • Incredible String Band
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Devo

Recently Rockin’

  • Toro Y Moi
  • Tennis
  • Laura Marling
  • The War On Drugs
  • Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

Favorite Thing About WIDR:  The atmosphere, the enthusiasm, and its quirky musical variety

Goal for WIDR: To broaden the musical vocabulary of its followers and staff, expand its audience, and acquire Beyoncé



Mark Wittstock//Production Director//Cat?

Moniker:: Moldy Pie


WIDR:: Fall 2012 – 20XX


  • Ben Benjamin/Midwest Product
  • Tree Wave
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow
  • Owner/Operator
  • Ulrich Schnauss


  • Abysss
  • Potions
  • Waster
  • Lymtronics
  • Ages

Goals::  To bring media with the most surface noise to the masses.

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