Dave Frishberg— Van Lingle Mungo from the album The Dave Frishberg Songbook Volume One (Omnisound, 1982)

WIDR Week Showcase at Bell’s!

March 1st, 2015

WIDR Week 2015 is shaping up to be a hell of a week. Not only are we hosting events on campus for our Western Michigan University family, but we’ll see you off campus for some sweet showcases at places like Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Thursday, March 19, Run for Cover Records’s Cloakroom will be taking center stage at Bell’s. We’ve put their first full-length, Further Out, in rotation so keep it tuned to WIDR 89.1fm and hear what they’re all about.

Opening this show will be Darkly and CARE from Grand Rapids. Both were scheduled to play a WIDRama this winter, but complications arose and we were forced to postpone that show. Luckily they were both available for WIDR Week! They’re both on Facebook so if you want to check out their sound, you can find them there.

Lastly we’ll have Beast in the Field, Kalamazoo favorites, round out this bill. They always have a good time and make sure the audience does too.

Hopefully we’ll see you at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe on Thursday, March 19! You’ll need to be at least 21 and have $5 to get in. Doors are at 8pm and Darkly will get things going at 9pm sharp.  All proceeds from the show go directly to the station.



February 20th, 2015

Flyer by Victoria Marcetti


WIDRAMA is tonight at Louies! It’s only $5 and you get to see five bands. That seems like a steal to me…

Boring People will be kicking things off right at 9. You’ve gotta be 18+ to get in. Say hi at the WIDR table!


A WIDR Valentine’s Day Dance Party

February 11th, 2015

You’re in luck, listeners. Richard Bowser and Bat Guano have planned a perfect Valentine’s Day rendezvous for you and yours. This Saturday is this month’s SwaG! Dance Party!

Bowser and Bat will be playing something for you to groove to, something for you to move to, something to freak to or dance cheek-to-cheek to.

Grab your sweetheart, shine your shoes, and get your booty down to the Home Bar this Saturday, February 14 from 9pm-close. WIDR will be present to take donations and give tshirts to our favorite dancing duo!


Meet the Director: Trevor Coleman

February 8th, 2015

Smokey Joe Silver, our most-recent Music Director and recipient of CMJ’s “Rookie of the Year” award 2013, recently moved to Portland for work. We were sad to see him go, but we knew this meant we would have a new addition to our team – neat!

The job is a handful – music director handles everything music – from our rotation rack, to relations with labels, to reviewing music (or delegating such tasks to volunteers.) Trevor was the perfect guy for the job.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Trevor as the newest edition to our WIDR director crew,” said GM Jax Kappeler.  ”He’s got a great ear for music. I really think he’ll bring something special to the table!”

Here’s a little bit about Trevor to get us started:

Alias: DJ Shorts
WMU Major: Communications
WIDR Start Date: Spring 2014
5 Favorite Bands:
Stevie Wonder
Thee Oh Sees
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson
Death Grips
Recently Rocking:
Oneohtrix Point Never
Parquet Courts
Fela Kuti
Milk Music
Soul II Soul
Favorite Thing About WIDR: Discussing music, people discussing music
Goal for WIDR: To help broaden the selection of independent music that’s played at our station.
Fun Fact: I like burritos. I’m eating one right now


Today on WIDR: DJ Verve’s 400th Broadcast of BIRDLAND

February 8th, 2015

Today WIDRfm has the distinct pleasure of bringing you a very special broadcast.

Resident Jazz expert DJ Verve will be saddling up in the DJ chair and hosting his 400th episode of Birdland!

DJ Verve in his natural habitat – the record store. Photo by Peter Cook

His show, a favorite among jazz connoisseurs and neophytes alike, is something to behold. Today he will be showcasing plenty of goodies to regale you with, including the pianos of Red Garland, Elmo Hope, and Andrew Previn; the trumpets of Randy Brecker, Barbara Donald, Howard McGhee, and Dizzy Gillespie, and saxophones by everyone including Benny Carter, King Curtis, Phil Woods, and Gene Ammons.

Be certain to tune in at noon by heading to www.widrfm.org or sliding that radio dial to 89.1fm.

Call 269-387-6303 with suggestions – though we would all agree that DJ Verve’s personal picks would satisfy any musical craving you might have.


WIDR Week Dates!

January 29th, 2015

Just a quick post to let you all know that WIDR Week 2015 is officially in the process of being organized!

WIDR Week 2015 will take place

Friday March 13 through Sunday March 22!

Save up your extra cash to donate to your favorite station and get ready for fun. We’ll have new premiums, ticket giveaways, showcases and special events all “week” long. Check back later for updates.


Tonight @ Home Bar: A SwaG! Dance Party

January 24th, 2015

It’s that time of the month, WIDR listeners. No….the other time of the month. It’s time for a SwaG! Dance Party!

Tonight at Home Bar veteran disc jockeys Bat Guano and Richard Bowser will be spinnin’ from their personal record collections. You can dance and drink the night away – is there a better way to spend your Saturday night?

WIDRfm will be present to provide you with a handy-dandy donation jar so you can support your favorite radio station. We will also have $5 tshirts, mugs, pints and more!

Wear your best vest and come on out!


WIDR Staff 2015

January 19th, 2015

The faces (behind the voices) of WIDR 2015 – give or take a few absentees. If you’d like to be a part of our big happy family, check us out in the Faunce Student Services Building on WMU’s campus.

Thanks to Bat Guano of the Bat Guano SwaG! Radio Program for his photography skills.

Fonz and Maleeha makin’ lovey dovey eyes. CUTE


Generationals Tonight @ Bell’s

January 17th, 2015

Tonight at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Generationals are chillin’ hard and makin’ sweet tunes for your listenin’ pleasure.

Generationals released Alix via Polyvinyl Records last September and have come a long way since their early days back in 2007. Alix is an infectious synth-pop 80s-throwback dream of an album. We guarantee you’ll want to snag a tape to play in your car over and over again this summer.

Opening for the duo are Elel and everyone’s favorite Detroit trop goth group Jamaican Queens.


Buy Tickets: http://bnds.in/1FZhlx1


Stay Safe, WIDR Listeners

January 10th, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, nearly 200 cars were involved in a multiple-vehicle pileup on Interstate 94 just outside of Battle Creek, MI. Cars were backed up going both directions on the freeway. One vehicle contained fireworks which ignited at the scene when struck by a semi truck.

Photo: Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer

This situation was tragic and one life was lost. Many people were injured and  countless vehicles were damaged. The freeway has been functional as of this morning. Thank you to the Western Herald for keeping WIDR informed.

Please be safe when traveling snowy winter roads at high speeds. Keep it tuned to 89.1 fm WIDR  for more updates.