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Win Yerself Some Tickets!

October 11th, 2013

Tune in to The Grind tonight (1am-3am, after FORTE) to win tickets to see Obituary on 10/16!


Win Saint Vitus Tickets When You Listen to FORTE!

October 2nd, 2013

Listen to FORTE (11pm-1am) this Friday night to win tickets to see Saint Vitus in Grand Rapids! DJ Cooper will be giving away two pairs of tickets, tune in to the show for details!


Art Prize 2013

September 19th, 2013

You can check out the artwork of WIDR DJs and Western Michigan University Students at this neat event!


Happening This Weekend!

September 19th, 2013


September 5th, 2013

89.1 WIDR FM is planning a super spactacular, all-day event on Saturday, September 7th! The WIDR Block Party will take place on Locust St. in the Vine Neighborhood, between Vine St. and Hoffman Ct.


12 P.M To 8 P.M

We’re talkin’ live music, local food, family friendly activities, and MORE!

Our LIVE musical guests include:

Great Green Room-12:00 PM

Lincoln County War-12:30PM

Secret Animal-1:00 PM

DJ Hardbargain’s House of Boogie, featuring KalamaCrew-1:30 PM

Bridge Band Plays Modest Mouse-2:30 PM


Aaron Garcia Band-4:00 PM

Glowfriends -5:00 PM

Graham Parsons & The Go Rounds -6:00 PM

This event is sponsored in part by:

O’Duffy’s Pub

Martini’s Pizza

Kzoo Swift

Lotsa Little Things

Retro Kalamazoo

Black Owl Cafe

Fourth Coast Cafe

Puff N’ Stuff

Taco Bob’s

We want to thank these businesses for their support of Radio Evolution!

We’ll see you there!


Reggae Revolution Gains National Attention

August 22nd, 2013

WIDR’s own Reggae Revolution, a show dedicated to bringing listeners roots, reggae, dub, nyahbinghi, rock steady, and the occasional non-reggae African-based music, gained national attention when it was nominated for Mixcloud’s “Best Online Radio Show” Award at the 2013 International Radio Festival Zurich, the show made it all the way to the  top 11!


Hillary Reynolds Band live in the WIDR basement!

August 13th, 2013

Moldy Pie here!

So, as you may have noticed, I haven’t posted any music here in a while. I’M SO FAR BEHIND. I’M SO SORRY.

It’s alright though, just expect some insane update with all the raw, live music you could ever want!

In the meantime, Redbeard and I just had some incredible musicians come in from Boston. Hillary Reynolds Band is just about all the folk you could ever want, and we luckily caught them before their performance this Wednesday at Foundry Hall.

Check a track out on Bandcamp and download the whole thing from Dropbox.

Thanks again to Smokey Joe for getting the band in!


WIDR Top 5 Pick of the Week – 8/7/13

August 7th, 2013

The WIDR Top 5 is BACK after a brief hiatus! New music is overflowing our mailbox and we’re happily swimming in bubble wrap.

Yesterday we had the Reptilian Shape Shifters join us for a live set in our studio and apparently they rocked out a little too hard. The fellow university workers upstairs at the Faunce Student Services building felt tempted to call the police on us to shut the band down.

But it’s all in good fun. They let us off with a warning.

For now, let’s cut to the Top 5.

1) Valerie June – Pushin’ Against a Stone

Behold! Valerie June’s debut album recorded straight outta the hot South. Produced by an ultimate musical dream team: Keven Augunas (Edwarde Sharpe, Florence and the Machine), Peter Sabak, and Dan Auerbach; and chock full of musical guest appearances, including Bookert T and Jimbo Mathus. This gal’s got everything blues, soul, country, folk, and sexy dreadlocks.  Here’s the single.

2) DIANA – Perpetual Surrender

Collect your weekly fill of sweet, sweet synthpop from the excited debut album from DIANA, a four-piece band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Perpetual Surrender is scheduled to stock shelves next week. Check out their Soundcloud where you can find two sneak peeks off the LP and a neat remix from Four Tet.

3) Washed Out – Paracosm

That’s right, dudes. New Washed Out. Otherwise known as Ernest Greene, Paracosm marks his long-anticipated second full-length release. You might be tempted to call this electronic music, but Greene made it a point to record and sample over 50 different musical instruments, expressing an impressively wide range of sounds. It’s upbeat, dreamy, and a little bit amazing. It All Feels Right.

4) You Me & Us – Paperweights

You Me & Us is a fresh garage-pop trio from Palm Springs, CA. Six songs in less than 11 minutes, Paperweights is a certainly a fun record. Check it out on their Soundcloud, along with their previous EP!

5) Summer Cannibals – No Makeup

 No makeup indeed. Summer Cannibals is the punch-punk lovechild of former Your Canvas members Jessica Boudreaux and Marc Swart. The album’s title might have been taken literally in that the instrumentation and production is particularly simplistic. Enjoy limited streaming on their Bandcamp here.


Audiotree Music Festival

August 5th, 2013

Listen to WIDR fm for a chance to win tickets to Audiotree Music Festival! Audiotree Music Festival is happening August 31st at K Wings Stadium. The line-up includes Dr. Dog, Bluesky Greengrass, Blues Traveler, Brother Ali, Valiant Thorr, The Soil and the Sun, Into It. Over It, and MORE!


Taste of Kalamazoo!

July 22nd, 2013

Listen to WIDR now through Friday to win free tickets to Taste of Kalamazoo where acts like Ultra Violet Hippopotamus, Corn Fed Girls, Red Sea Pedestrians, Thornetta Davis, and Buddy Guy will be playing!