DMZ — Out Of Our Tree from the album DMZ

WIDR Block Party 2014 Wrap-Up!

September 10th, 2014

We just wanted to express our sincere gratitude for all those who attended our 2nd Annual WIDR Block Party this past Sunday. It was such a fun event to plan and seeing it all come together really made everything worth it. Thank you to our listeners, sponsors, photographers, vendors, musicians, RSOs, organizations, and all those who helped make this all a reality.


Maraj on the WIDR Stage! Photo by Mandy Hess

More photos can be viewed on our WIDR fm Facebook page.


This Saturday – WIDR @ Audiotree Music Festival!

September 2nd, 2014

Keep it tuned to 89.1 fm all week long for your chance to win AUDIOTREE MUSIC FESTIVAL tickets! We are beyond excited to see RJD2, Slow Magic, Tokyo Police Club and more ++++ right downtown at District Square.

We’ll also be giving away one pair every hour at WMU Bronco Bash! Come check us out for more details – our table will be located directly in front of beautiful Sangren Hall. Say hi and you just might win…

Visit for more information and to  buy tickets.


The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For!

August 21st, 2014

It’s here! Our official WIDR Block Party poster is designed, printed, and ready to be posted!


Major props to Alan Ernst for his hard work – this is one of our favorite designs yet!

If your business or organization is interested in displaying our poster, please email Sophie at

We hope you’re all as excited for this event as we are!


Studio Remodeling

August 17th, 2014

Attention WIDR listeners!

The studio is currently going through a major transformation. The entire studio is being rewired and that means that all shows

5pm Friday, August 15th through 12am Wednesday, August 20th

have been cancelled.

We are so excited for our “new” studio and we will post pictures of the results as soon as possible. Thank you to our djs and listeners for their patience, to our WIDR week donators for helping to fund this project, and to the production team for working so diligently to get this completed in less than one week!

Please feel free to stop by the WIDR office with any questions, all directors will still follow their regularly scheduled office hours.


*New* WIDR Patches!

July 30th, 2014

WIDR is going to be showing off some new merch this summer!

Available starting August 8th at Shakespeare’s Fat Guy Fest, limited edition WIDR patches will now be sold at every WIDR table. Show off how much you love radio evolution on your favorite vest, jacket, backpack, or wherever else you wanna sew this sucker.

Thanks to Brok Leshman for the design and Jonathan Sacha for getting ‘em printed! We’re obsessed.


WIDR’s Ready for Fat Guy Fest at Shakespeare’s Lower Level!

July 27th, 2014


August 8th, 9th, and 10th Shakespeare’s Lower Level will be the host to the first annual Fat Guy Fest!

Featuring regional, national, and internationally touring bands from the US, France, & Canada, Fat Guy Fest features 40+ mixed genre bands. Fans of punk rock, hardcore, ska, indie, alternative, surf, sludge, metal, and good old fashioned rock n’ roll will all find something to love.

In addition, they’re partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit that works to reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar, and Ethiopia by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees — for only 10¢ a tree.

More info on the fest  available at – see you there!


Our Annual WIDR Block Party is Confirmed!

July 19th, 2014

Last year’s line-up and sponsors!

Good news, everyone!

Our 2nd Annual WIDR Block Party has a confirmed date of September 7th!  It’s all goin’ down on Locust St. in the Vine Neighborhood, between Vine St. and Hoffman Ct. There will food, fun, dancing, live music and plenty to see and do for all ages.

We hope you all mark your calendars and get ready for a great community event!

(Pssst: if you have any suggestions of bands, businesses, RSOs, or other organizations that you’d like to see at the block party –  email with your ideas. Thanks!)


WIDRAMA June 27th

June 19th, 2014

It’s HERE! WIDR’s own monthly concert series, WIDRAMA, returns for an exclusive show at Louie’s on June 27th. Come support Radio Evolution and for a chance to win a pair of Riot Fest 2014 tickets! (We’re as excited as you are). In the meantime, check out this awesome poster our designer, Alan Ernst, put together for us. We love it.

Alan Ernst, everyone




Reel Big Fish Tomorrow!

June 11th, 2014

Tomorrow, June 12th,  Reel Big Fish, Survay Says, This Magnificent, and the Mushmen are rockin’ District Square!

Doors open at 7pm. Don’t hesitate to come say hello to the WIDR table. We hope to see you there!


Moon Hooch at Shakespeare’s Pub!

May 18th, 2014

Sean here, Business Director at WIDR FM.  Here’s a huge thanks to Shakespeare’s Pub for generously providing Captain Gelato and myself tickets to see Moon Hooch and That Freak Quincy on Friday!

Sean Grabowski, Matt Dimambro, Earl Peitz, and Ashley Ickes of That Freak Quincy started the night off right with flowing, funky jams.  Neon hula-hoops and psychedelic painters contributed to the music-festival vibe.

Afterwards, Mike Wilbur, Wenzi McGowen, and James Muschler of Moon Hooch electrified the crowd with two saxophones and a drumset for about three hours.

I’ve never seen Shake’s lose it like that for a group before.  Everyone was pressed against the stage dancing. My toes were stepped on, I got elbowed, and beer was spilled on my sleeve–but I didn’t notice because I was too busy cheering and jumping.  At the end of the set, no one moved–the audience demanded an encore. Of all the shows I’ve been to in Kalamazoo, this was my favorite.