Max Richter— Infra 1 from the album Infra

Meet The Directors

Jax Kappeler – General Manager

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 every day.

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

Fun Fact: Ron Swanson is my ideal life partner.


Sophie Smith – Promotions Director 

Alias: DJ Pugsley

WMU Major:  Art History

WIDR Start Date: November 2013

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Big Star
  • Animal Collective
  • Sam Cooke
  • Elliott Smith
  • Pavement

Recently Rockin’:

  • Porches
  • Elvis Depressedly
  • Lykke Li
  • Islands

Favorite thing about WIDR: Everyone has the ability to play what they want. Every DJ makes WIDR their own.

Goal for WIDR:  Make WIDR a household name, and to increase listenership.

Fun Fact: Zackley Kid is my brother.


Taylor Larson – Program Director

Alias: DJ Colibri

WMU Major: FVM

WIDR Start Date: Fall 2012

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Tame Impala
  • Black Keys
  • Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
  • Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Recently Rockin’:

  • Black Pistol Fire
  • Gringo Star
  • The Dirtbombs
  • Black Diamond Heavies
  • The Dandy Warhols

Favorite Thing About WIDR: The independent spirit and community of Radio Evolution

Goal for WIDR: To keep the radio rockin’ and get as many people interested in WIDR as possible!


Joseph Silver – Music Director

Alias: DJ Smokey Joe

WMU Major: Rhetoric & Writing Studies

WIDR Start Date: April 2013

5 Favorite Bands:

  • Yo La Tengo
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Incredible String Band
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • 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 listener audience, and acquire Beyoncé

Fun Fact: I eat synthesizers for breakfast.


Paul Schaedig – Production Director

WMU Major: Multimedia Arts Technology/Music

WIDR Start Date: April 2014

 Top 5 Artists:

  • Django Reinhardt
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow
  • Teebs
  • Lapalux

Recently Rockin’:

  • Mux Mool
  • Foner
  • Feist
  • Kastle
  • Project Mooncircle

Goals: To make WIDR’s media output more interesting and accessible to its listeners, to expand its audience, and to improve the Basement Show

Favorite Thing About WIDR: Being so closely involved with beautiful people and a beautiful community

Fun Fact: The fact that this took me four hours to write


Sean Murray – Business Director

Alias: DJ Chenga

WMUMajor: Finance

WIDR Start Date: August 2013

5 Favorite Bands:

  • The Black Keys
  • Hazmat Modine
  • Esquivel
  • Daft Punk
  • The Raconteurs

Recently Rockin’:

  • Seasick Steve
  • Lou Reed
  • Miami Horror
  • Portishead
  • Brent Amaker & The Rodeo

Favorite Thing About WIDR:  All the fantastic people and music I get exposed to

Goal for WIDR: To ingrain WIDR into the WMU student body and the Kalamazoo community

Fun Fact: John Singer Sargent is my favorite painter.

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