Miles Davis— Sivad from the album Live-Evil

WIDR Week Showcase at Louies!

March 5th, 2015

Our final showcase of WIDR Week 2015 is at Louie’s Back Room featuring Cheap Girls, Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, and Bike Tuff. Tickets for this event are $12 for the day of but have time to get yours early and save $4! Tickets before March 20 are only $8 and available at Satellite Records and online at

Thanks to Bo and Louie’s for their hard work to help put this event together.


Sic Musiq Live at Faunce

March 4th, 2015

You’ve heard him on the radio and now you can see him live right on campus! DJ Sic Musiq will take over Faunce on Tuesday, March 17 from 2-4pm. He’ll have a full set up right in front of the “bird cage” on WMU’s campus.

Nothing like a live dj to brighten up your walk to class. It’ll surely get you in the party mood for St. Patrick’s Day night!

Sic will be giving out WIDR tshirts while supplies last so stop by early and support Radio Evolution.


The Official WIDR Week 2015 Poster

March 3rd, 2015

Here is the entire list of events for WIDR Week 2015! Thanks to Ed Ryan for this awesome flyer. We’re so excited to post it up all over town.


WIDR Week Showcase at Satellite Records!

March 2nd, 2015

We’re so happy to be partnering with Satellite Records this WIDR Week for another showcase! This all-ages event will take place at 6pm at the local record store and feature Michigan artists Wayne Szalinski, Cardboard Highway, and WWEmo.  We’re asking for a suggested $5 donation to support Radio Evolution.

Wayne Szalinski, describing themselves as ‘post-whatevs,’ hail from East Lansing and just recently released Black Mirror, their first full length. From their bandcamp: “‘Black Mirror’ is a neo-noir that struggles with masculinity/identity, entangled sexuality and violence, and questions why we bother to love at all.”

Also playing this showcase is Cardboard Highway, shoegaze-y indie rock, and WWEmo, Kzoo newbies. We love them both and are so excited to have them on this bill.

This show is all ages so bring your friends, your grandma, your baby – whatever! Come on out, WIDR listeners, and support local music and college radio.


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 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.