Photek— Water Margin from the album Form and Function: Vol. 4

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 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.


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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.


WIDR’s DJ Harbargain: His 2014 Favorites

January 5th, 2015

DJ Hardbargain spinning at the WIDR Block Party 2014. Image by Mandy Hess

My first thought when all the year end lists start to come is always “I didn’t listen to nearly enough new music this year”. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and taste making competitions. The important thing to remember is to have fun. These lists shouldn’t be about who has the best taste. Don’t let yrself feel left out if you didn’t hear all the stuff Pitchfork thinks yr supposed to like. Music is here to make you think, feel alive, challenge, uplift, inspire and give feeling to the often hum drum daily experiences.

Here’s some of the music I enjoyed this year, new and old. I’m not listing these in any order. I’ve spent more time with some than others. The true test of an album comes years after it’s release so who knows where these will rank once I’ve fully absorbed them.

Read more…


Boogie in an Xmas Wonderland: A SwaG! Dance Party

December 20th, 2014

That’s right, WIDR listeners. Tonight at Home Bar you have a chance to get funky with Santa and Krampus!

Once a month Home Bar hosts two of WIDR’s veteran disk jockeys Bat Guano and Richard Bowser for themed all-night dance parties. They’ll spin records until bar close. It’s your favorite WIDR shows happening live, before your very eyes!

Check the official Facebook event below for more information and updates from Krampus himself.

Due to the holiday break, WIDR directors will not be tabling at the event. We hope to see you next time!


Neutral Milk Hotel at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

December 10th, 2014

An upcoming show has just been announced and WIDR’s got the scoop- Neutral Milk Hotel will be performing Thursday, April 28, 2015 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. You read that right.

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, December 11 starting at 10:00am EST.

See more event details at

A portion of Neutral Milk Hotel’s concert proceeds and $1 from every ticket sold to this show will be donated to Children Of The Blue Sky and others in need.