• Zack Zagula


Well, this sucks.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this might be my last post as General Manager of this incredible radio station.

As the university closes down its buildings until the spread of the virus is over, students will no longer have access to the station’s offices or studio space. Starting today the station is closed until further notice. While my time as General Manager continues until May 1st, it remains uncertain what the future will hold from now until then.

As this crisis continues, many students including some of our staff members have returned home to their families, but we want you to know WIDR and the Student Media Group are still here. We will still be attempting to create content for the blog and our other online outlets in support of the Western Herald’s efforts to provide information to the Kalamazoo community. Deep down we know we are essential to our community in a time of crisis more than ever, but we must also do all that's possible to stop this virus from reaching the folks we hold the closest.

I also just really wanted to say thank you to our DJ’s, street team, music reviewers, volunteers, listeners, community members, and everyone who has been a part of the WIDR family. I’ve been involved since my arrival to WMU three years ago and it’s been a second home to me ever since. I hope you'll join me in keeping up with the WIDR long after I'm gone. Let the radio evolution continue!

Professionally, my thoughts are with my co-workers and other student media staff who’ve been put out of work, or continue to work without knowing whether or not they'll get paid for it. We’ll be handed our final checks on March 31st, when some of us will begin to work unpaid until further notice. We understand not much can be done to accommodate the physical operations of our services as the university closes access to its buildings, but we also believe our presence on campus is one that qualifies the continuation of our paychecks.

That’s why over the weekend, we joined media organizations across the world in our declaration as an “essential service". In a petition to the university, our board asked President Montgomery and WMU’s Board of Trustees to consider WMU’s Student Media Group an “essential service” to WMU’s campus in the event of any future movement restrictions.

Read the petition