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Fat Guy Fest is here!

July 29th, 2016

Looking for something to do August 5th-7th? Fat Guy Fest just might be your bag.

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1033467436689821/ for more details!


WayHome Festival

July 20th, 2016

Two of our WIDR members will be embarking upon a journey from July 21st-July 24th to Ontario, Canada to see an eclectic mix of marvelous music.

Keep it tuned to 89.1 FM for ticket giveaways, festival updates, reviews and more!


MoPop Ticket Giveaway!

June 22nd, 2016

Interested in checking out one of Detroit’s most acclaimed festivals of the year? MoPop is back and full of eclectic, catchy artists that will bring a great line up of music for everyone to enjoy. Artists like Mac DeMarco, Alex G, Matt & Kim, Fidlar, Nothing But Thieves and many more!

Keep your eyes peeled on WIDR FM’s snapchat, widrfm, and you just might have to find one of the directors in person on Western’s campus for a chance to win tickets to this event.

Good luck and we hope to have some winners today!


Bonnaroo Highlights

June 17th, 2016

Two of our WIDR Directors recently came back from going to one of the largest music festivals in America to date, Bonnaroo. This music festival carries a vast range of eclectic, unique and hip musical performances that reach for anyone’s desires. They had the wonderful opportunity to see some great acts along the way.

Band Highlights & Reviews

Mothers had an inspiring, impressive and well delivered performance. After missing them come through Kalamazoo last year and given the popularity of the group, I was rather surprised to see them on the bill for Bonnaroo. Nevertheless, I was excited to be able to hear one of my favorite EP’s in person, It Hurts Until It Doesn’t . They had effortlessly opened their set with tracks from their newest record When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired and even brought some of their best tracks from their first EP. It Hurts Until It Doesn’t and No Crying In Baseball were personally the two best songs performed during the set. The band had an apparent energy between them that was both catchy and heartwarming. Overall, Mothers had beautifully delivered a sense of smooth dynamic changes, aching drapes of vocals over tight guitar communication and emotional percussive elements brought to pull their songs together in an intriguing composition.

Band of Horses last came to Michigan in Ann Arbor several years ago and I had snagged the chance to see them as soon as I could. As wonderful as my first experience with them was, nothing brought forth more emotion than seeing them perform at this festival accompanied by hundreds of people. With an exquisitely raw performance, BoH delivered a dense set full of tracks varying from all of their best records. Heart-wrenching compositions from their highly revered albums such as The Funeral from Everything All The Time and No One’s Gonna Love You from Cease to Begin. They also brought some of their catchiest tracks such as Is There a Ghost? to lighten and even out the flow of the set. Overall, Band of Horses had brought a refreshing, strong sound of indie rock with prominent southern folk influences that replenished the dry heat in Tennessee.

Oh Wonder at Bonnaroo only a year after Josephine and Anthony wrote their first song together while sitting in “her parents garden.” How inspiring, or maybe how dissuading? Regardless, they have gone from a backyard garden to playing fields filled with huge stages and thousands of campers, in one year. Rightfully so, though, I would say. Their vocal harmonies were far beyond describing them as two people singing together, maybe more like one superhuman with two sets of golden vocal chords… and the synth work and electronics were exceptionally complimented with live drums, bass, and guitar; something that is all too often done ineffectively. I prefer to feel, believe, and know that the music is coming directly from the performers souls, without being constricted by a click or prerecorded track; well done Oh Wonder.

(Photo Credit: baeblemusic.com)


Allen Stone, even in 100 degrees and direct sunlight, delivered an extremely high energy performance of his revitalized take on Soul, Funk, and R & B. The fact that he is the son of a preacher and got his start in church really shows through his soaring vocal melodies, stage presence, and communication with the crowd. The shimmering guitars and brass harmonies, vertigo inducing organ sounds, and gut wrenching downbeats were, oddly, all you needed to forget about the fact the your skin was being vaporized by the hot hot hot Tennessee sun. Thank you Mr. Stone.
(Photo Credit: Filmmagic)


WIDRAMA @ Louie’s Back Room (June 11th)

June 3rd, 2016

Interested in supporting WIDR and fantastic bands next weekend? WIDRAMA is your chance to do so. We will be having a table with merch, free gear and a donation bin if you feel so inclined.

Bent Knee, Less is More and Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts will be performing, so you won’t want to miss a good night.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1753599788192601/.

See you there!


The Music Hop in Kalamazoo

May 9th, 2016

Intrigued by the thought of watching varying musical performances around downtown Kalamazoo that occur in local coffee shops, bars, art galleries, studios and more? The Music Hop is an eclectic gathering of wonderful music performances that are free to the public that occur every third Friday of the month. It’s a great way to immerse yourself within the creative community that Kalamazoo has to offer, especially with its growing reputation for becoming a “music hub of the north”.

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2033683530189419/ to hop on the next event.

Also, if you’re interested in checking out more details, visit http://www.themusichop.com/ 

Help support your local music! 


10,500 Benefit Concert at Rupert’s on April 23rd

April 21st, 2016

Are you interested in helping to fight hunger around Kalamazoo and surrounding areas?

Various food banks, organizations and other resources are striving to help the 10,500+ children that struggle to fill their plates on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these organizations can only do so much and this is where you come in! Even with insufficient funding to sustain these programs, this benefit could use your support to help keep these organizations afloat.

A great way to participate is going to the 10,500 Benefit Concert at Rupert’s April 23rd from 8pm-1am

$1=3 meals

Exclusive 10,500 bracelets sold for a $5 donation
(Orange bracelets in unity with child hunger month in September)
$1 per beer sold will be donated
You can donate any amount at the event.

All funds go directly to Loaves and Fishes of Kalamazoo to support weekend foodpacks for our KPS kids.

There will be a fantastic set list from local bands such as By Jr, Last Gasp Collective and Kalamazoo Funk Collective!

If you’re interested, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/537981873041215/ for more details.


WIDR Basement Show

April 13th, 2016

For anyone that is interested to checking out some live in-studio secessions we have our weekly basement shows every Monday from 7-8pm. Both local and national artists bring an eclectic array of sounds that are worth the listen.

Tune to 89.1 fm or you can stream it online.

For more information you can check out https://www.facebook.com/widrlivesessions/to see photo updates of the bands and you can also catch videos part of the live sessions under the “media” tab.

If you are in a band or doing solo work in your bedroom we are interested to hear it! Email widr.sessions@gmail to get booked for a day in the studio to get your music on the airwaves.


Design Competition Results

March 28th, 2016

After a long few weeks of waiting, we are pleased to announce the winner and runner-ups of our 2016

Logo Design Competition!

But first, a quick thank you to all who participated, we loved seeing all the creativity you guys have, and look forward to more submissions from you in future events!

In first place, and the winner of our $100 Grand Prize is a hand-drawn design by Kayley K.

Our 3 runner-up designs, and winners of WIDR Swag Bags, come from Frank V., Megan E., and Stan C.

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WIDR Week is here!

March 21st, 2016

Today marks the beginning of our 50th annual WIDR Week celebration!

Because of the generosity of our donors, WIDR-FM has been able to carry out its mission of radio evolution for more than 64 years, and hopes to continue on for many years to come.

That is why for this year’s WIDR Week we have made it our mission to raise $10,000 to redesign ourselves and advance further in our own evolution as a station.With these donations, we are hoping to make serious upgrades to our studios, office spaces, and digital presence in order to improve the experience of both listener and DJ. We also hope to use the money towards sponsoring more frequent, high-quality events in our community so we can give back to our listeners.

If you’re feeling generous, or just want to get your hands on some of our fantastic premiums, check out the instructions below on how you can show your support!

How To Donate:



To those who wish to pay with checks, know that all checks must be made out to Western Michigan University, with WIDR FM in the message line.

If this is not done correctly, the money will go to WMU, and not WIDR. They can mail checks to our offices at the following address:


1501 Faunce Student Services Bldg

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5350

If you plan to come to the office after 5pm, email widr.gm@gmail.com or call ahead at 269-387-6301


If you wish to pay with a credit card, they can go online to www.MyWMU.com/WIDR where you will click “Make A Gift” and follow the instructions to complete the donation.


If you wish to pay with cash, we suggest they stop in to our extended office hours (see below) or one of our WIDR Week events so that you may pay in person.

If that is not an option, you may also send it to us through the mail to the address listed above.

If you choose to donate $30, or more, you will have earned yourself one of our 3 awesome premium packages!

In order to pick up your premiums, you may come to our extended office hours at the address listed above Monday-Friday going from 3/21-4/1.

Here are the hours throughout the week

Monday: 5-7pm

Tuesday: 4-6pm

Wednesday: 5-7pm

Thursday: 4-6pm

Friday: 3-6pm

Hope to see you there!

If you plan to come to the office after 5pm, email widr.gm@gmail.com or call ahead at 269-387-6301