Funkadelic— Uncle Jam from the album Uncle Jam Wants You

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.

  1. September 17th, 2010 at 07:14 | #1

    Lucas flynt rocks!

  2. September 23rd, 2010 at 18:04 | #2

    South-east Michigan’s claim to neo-Ska Soul fame, it’s Hullabaloo! Sat. Nov. 13th at Founders Brewing. Show at 9:30pm.

  3. Dave
    November 10th, 2010 at 19:02 | #3

    I’m glad to see Joe Varchola counts the band Can among his favorites. We used to listen to them in high school back in the ’70s, and I still enjoy them.

  4. Matthew Van Dyke
    December 13th, 2010 at 20:17 | #4


  5. December 18th, 2010 at 10:05 | #5

    Your message and awesome love will be passed on. :) Thanks for loving us!

  6. June 1st, 2011 at 12:15 | #6

    This is the dankest radio station website i’ve ever experienced! great work everyone! i didnt even know about this till Lucas gave me his last sticker at DEMF! u guys might consider making a public facebook fan page to help spread the word… The Blastoff has over 5000 fb ppl we could send an update to about this Radio Evolution!

    much love and peace b w/ yas! {B~]

  7. June 1st, 2011 at 12:47 | #7

    Hey Scotty. Glad you’re digging us. And oh baby, do we have Facebook stuff. :) I was going to link to it, but it looks like you found your way over just fine. Welcome to your new, more awesome life filled with WIDR.

  8. joe v
    September 6th, 2011 at 16:18 | #8

    Hi Widerittes – Hope all is well in the zoo. Glad to hear the stream is back up and running, listening right now. I had the good fortune to come back to the station a few weeks ago. It was something I wanted to do for a long time, and I’m really glad I did. It was surreal to say the least. The campus, the station, the town – some things were the same, some are completely different from my last visit to The Zoo in 1984 when I graduated WMU and had to start life in the real world. From what I could tell, the current administration has things well in hand, and is doing a most excellent job keeping things running. Thank you Johanna for allowing me to stop by and giving me the grand tour. Even got to see my old office (now part of the music library it seems). I hope it isn’t another 27 years before I get to come round’ again. Enjoy your station, enjoy the music and your fellow announcers and hosts. You’ll never be with a better group of people in your life. Cheers.

  9. September 6th, 2011 at 18:25 | #9

    We’re glad you think your legacy is in good hands. Besides, we’re always happy to see WIDR alum about the place.

  10. BakMahad
    October 17th, 2011 at 21:54 | #10

    I love Joe and Joe’s Joe Fro’
    joooooeeee joooeeee jooooeeeee jooooeeeee

  11. October 28th, 2011 at 11:02 | #11

    These guys have been blastin’ our music since Deepblip started and I’ve got to give mad props to Kevin and Lucas for supporting us since the beginning. I LOVE WIDR! WOO!

  12. Kari
    December 9th, 2011 at 08:48 | #12

    Rocksledge – you just have a way with words! Great job! Smooth, calm and collected!

  13. Motivation
    December 9th, 2011 at 15:52 | #13

    DJ Rocksledge IS the shit!!!

  14. Duktap
    January 10th, 2012 at 04:34 | #14


  15. January 10th, 2012 at 12:50 | #15

    We think you’re pretty kick ass too, Duktap.

  16. January 12th, 2012 at 18:06 | #16

    HEY WIDR! We’re glad to submit the band’s latest cd to you. Enjoy. We included a track suggestion play list for the different formats.
    Edmund Peart

  17. Dave
    September 17th, 2012 at 09:39 | #17

    Love widr when dj’s are there. Tired of overnight computer being played to death. Know every song by heart. Plz update

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