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    March 12th, 2015

    Good afternoon, listeners!

    We are proud to present another update in our ongoing public awareness campaign, Hear ‘em While They’re Hot, where, each week, we sit down with the DJs who have made our station tick/tock over the years and hear what they have to say before they depart our airwaves at the end of the spring. This week we sat down with Alexandra Bowditch ’15 and Taylor Pratt ’15 (DJ Beastiality and DJ Narcolexi) to talk about their last semester on the air with the dreamy, ambient beauty of Apocalyptic Dreamscapes.

    WVKR: Beastiali-Tay. Narco-Lexy. It’s a pleasure having you with us today. The listeners want to know, how did it all begin for you two?

    Alex (speaking for the two): It was a dark & stormy night… 5 seconds too late, they arrived.

    WVKR: Wow. Well, let’s get to the next big question. Any favorite foods?

    Both: Half baked B&J ice cream, also Phish Food…..also fish food.

    WVKR: Any favorite music atm?

    Both: Tila Tequila, star 67 (DRAKE!DRAKE!DRAKE!), Mazzy Star & Lovefool by the Cardigans, always.

    WVKR: If you two had a catchphrase, what would it be?

    Both: “Hey it is time for a PSA featuring –insert– (Beastiali-Tay & Narcolexy)”

    WVKR: Is there anything you want to say to the listeners?

    Both: I really wish I knew how to answer your phone calls but I love you.

    WVKR: They love you too. Thanks for sitting down with us!


    Be sure to tune in every Thursday night / Friday morning at the stroke of midnight for the stuff dreams (and dreampop) are made of on Apocalyptic Dreamscapes!

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    Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,


    [PS: Wanna say hi? Call 845-437-7178 to chat with the DJ(s) currently on the air]


    Radio Showtime Website

    March 12th, 2015

    Dear Listeners,

    This year we celebrate 25 fun-filled years of Radio Showtime with a brand-new website at http://radioshowtime.com/

    Check out the site for upcoming shows, pictures of old time radio show stars, and to request some of your own favorite shows for the next program and learn more about the host behind it all, Bill Eberle.


    Happy Anniversary, Bill!

    Be sure to grab a seat by the dial next and every Sunday from 6-9pm for all of your favorite old time radio shows from the 40s, 50s, and 60s with Radio Showtime.


    Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,

    Johnny Rowlands

    Program Director ’14-’15


    New Shows this Spring on WVKR!

    February 26th, 2015

    Good evening, listeners!


    Once again, it is my esteemed pleasure to spotlight four exciting new shows on WVKR.


    The Tapestry Travesty w. DJ Leo: Psychedelic rock/pop/folk from the 21st century [Tues 3-4am]

    Dawn at Dawn w. Dawn: European pop [Tues 7-8am]

    Under the Coverz w. DJ C. Elegance: Artists covering songs originated by other artists [Fri 3-4am]

    4lokos w. Beatmaster Hans: All things techno and hardcore electronic [Sat 4-5am]


    Whether you are a nighthawk or an early bird, be sure to tune in to these shows along with the rest of our talented DJs on WVKR – check out this season’s Program Guide for details!


    Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,


    Program Director ’14-’15


    Hear ‘em While They’re Hot: The Ultimate Rock Brothers

    February 26th, 2015

    Good afternoon, listeners!


    Here at WVKR, we truly dig and are eternally grateful for our incredible DJs that show the world what it means to be independent radio. Unfortunately, as the years have passed, it has only been natural that great DJs from both the community and the student body have come and gone from the air on 91.3 FM. That is why we have decided to highlight those DJs who have given there all over the years and, sadly, have decided to move on after this spring. With that, I give you WVKR’s new public awareness campaign: Hear ‘em While They’re Hot. Every week, we will sit down with the DJs who have made WVKR tick/tock and hear their stories from over the years.


    For our first segment, we sat down with Jay Lancaster ’15 and Nick Olsen ’15 (AKA DJs ET Barnum & Martian Lawrence), who have recently re-branded themselves on WVKR as “The Ultimate Rock Brothers,” airing on Tuesdays from 10-11pm. Here is what they had to say.


    WVKR: Thanks for meeting with us, Rock Brothers! Could you tell us a little bit about the show and your history at WVKR?

    Nick: Collagen Rock, formerly known as Raw Eggs, formerly known as Telephasic Workshop, has transcended into its final and purest form as The Ultimate Rock Brothers.

    Jay: We landed an IDM show our first semester, freshman year. It was called Telephasic Workshop and it started at 6am on Wednesday mornings. We were tired and had no idea what we were doing, but it was a lot of fun. You form a dedication to things when you have to get up at an ungodly hour for them! Our listeners also carried us through at the beginning.

    Nick: There was this guy who would call in to our show like every week freshman year when we were playing electronic music from 6-8 am and request this eleven minute classic rock song “Sharon” by David Bromberg. A couple times we just played it, because if this guy who really wanted to hear David Bromberg was willing to listen to two hours of Autechre every week he really just deserved our gratitude.

    Jay: That’s what it’s all about. The following year we switched to a more natural fit for our tastes, noise rock/indie rock. We’ve been doing that ever since, and at a much more normal time for college kids (10pm). Nick and I went on to serve on executive staff, both working as music directors at some point. Suffice to say we both learned a good deal about the independent music industry through that experience – some of it good, some of it bad. It was at least cool to serve as tastemakers for a brief point in time. I even got to hit up CMJ and SXSW in my tenure, the former of which I blogged about in-depth on this here website.


    WVKR: Sweet! So, next big question, what are some of your favorite foods?

    Jay: Fettuccine Alfredo. Shouts out to having a chef-dad.

    Nick: Pizza, Candy, and Hamburgers.


    WVKR: What is some of your favorite music right now?

    Nick: The 100+ old tracks Aphex Twin dropped on Soundcloud the other week. Also this British noise/drone/psych thing called Skullflower, accurately described by a WVKR DJ CD review of yesteryear as something that “would give Hendrix a bad trip.”

    Jay: “Get on… the right side of history” by Counter Intuits, an awesome four track cassette demo from a band featuring Ron House and a dude from Times New Viking. Infectious indie-punk ear worms for everyday life. Wish it was a less scarce release so more people could experience the greatness. Track this document down by any means necessary.


    WVKR: What are some words that you two live by?

    Jay: “dat u.”

    Nick: “Every band is just a worse version of Motörhead.”


    WVKR: Could not agree more. Anything else you two would like to add?

    Jay: WVKR has been a constant in my college experience that I will never forget. Indie radio is cool and important and deeply satisfying to participate in, whether you’re a DJ or just tuning into the weirdness for a few. Keep it going.

    Nick: My Place – the most punk rock friendly pizza joint in town.


    WVKR: See you there, boys!




    Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,


    Program Director ’14-’15

    Aaron Bendich: A great WVKR DJ and a pretty solid guy

    November 20th, 2014


    I met Aaaron when I was a freshman at Vassar College. Soon We became well acquainted friends and we decided to have an Outsider Music radio show on WVKR together. We played all the best outsider music and he was a great DJ with me assisting. The next year Aaron became the Treasurer of WVKR, a position which requires great commitment, and although we were no longer Djing the same show I still hung out with him a lot and learned of all the hard work he put into WVKR. This year Aaron is the Station Manager, another position which requires a lot of work and commitment to the station and Aaron does his job very well keeping the station running. He now still runs the Outsider show ‘Don’t Paint Your Teeth'(one time I did) and another show. He is on Tuesday Nights 9:30-10PM and 11-12AM. Please tune in and listen to this excellent hour and a half of Radio!

    New Student Shows this Fall on WVKR!

    October 23rd, 2014

    Good evening, listeners!

    It is my esteemed pleasure to announce the addition of more than a baker’s dozen of sweet new shows on WVKR this Fall:


    Intergalactic Vomit  w. DJs Birthday and Pay2Play: “Intergalactic Love Tunes” (ambient sound collages) [Sun 12-1 am]

    Sludge Judy w. DJ Judy: Sludge/Stoner/Doom Metal [Sun 3-4 am]

    Regurgitated Giblets w. DJ Trill Clinton: Grindcore \m/ [Mon 3-4 am]

    Girlectro w. DJ LilRed: Female electronic artists of then and now [Tues 3-4 am]

    Infinite Space w. DJ Knitted Socks: 1970s Progressive Rock [Tues 1-2 pm]

    (or if you desire an alternative space…)

    Tormented Space w. DJ Koeltrane: Surf rock, young and old [Wed 3-4 am]

    Stand! w. DJ Showtime Gordon: Protest songs (from many a time and for many a purpose) [Wed 2-3 pm]

    The Third Estate w. Noah: Independent news and commentary, from politics to pop culture [Wed 3-4 pm]

    Nu Gaze into Shoegaze w. DJ Glitter: Shoegaze, psychedelia, and dream-pop from the 21st century [Thurs 2-3 am]

    Latin American Horror Story w. DJs Mayo and Ketchup: Latin American alternative music [Thurs 3-4 am]

    Screwdrivers and Sandpaper w. DJ Pop-Me-&-Sweat: Romantic/Modern/20th-Century Symphonic works [Thurs 7-8 am]

    The Void w. DJs Chives Parmesan and Sexy Egg Costume: Sleepy goth music [Fri 3-4 am]

    Long Gone Daddies w. DJ Cool Guy: Honky tonkers, western singers, and singing cowboys [Sat 1-2 am]

    Dior Nights//Net Sounds w. DJ 初段 (Shodan): Internet Microgenres (Vaporwave/Witch House/Seapunk/Post-whatever) [Sat 2-3 am]


    Be sure to tune in to these and all of our talented DJs on WVKR – check out this season’s Program Guide for details!


    Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,

    Jack (“John”)

    Program Director ’14-’15


    ***P.S. Want to check out a show that’s a little past your bedtime? Record it and listen in on your own time – Go to http://www.dar.fm/ and create a free account, and record the slot that you want to hear!

    2014 Pledge Drive is Closed!

    September 15th, 2014

    Loyal listeners, young ‘n’ old:

    Thank you so much for tuning in this week and donating to WVKR for this year’s pledge drive! We’ve reached our goal for this year and are infinitely grateful for your support. Invoices will be coming in the mail soon for those who contributed.

    Jay Lancaster

    General Manager @ WVKR

    2014 Pledge Drive!

    September 7th, 2014

    Hello loyal listeners,

    Pledge Drive 2014 is nearly upon us! From Tuesday, September 9th to Monday, September 15th, tune into your favorite programs and consider making a donation of any amount to WVKR. To donate, you can call in at 845.437.7178 OR click here to print out and mail in a form. In return for your dialed-in or mailed-in donation, you’ll receive some really cool merch (pics below)!

    Why pledge?
    1. WVKR operation depends on the people who tune into the station. As an independent radio station, you power us. Over half of our annual budget come from folks who enjoy our programming. We hope to continue providing nonstop music, news, and talk to the Hudson Valley community (and our online listeners!) for many, many years to come. To achieve this goal, we interrupt our programming for one week a year in order to ask you, our valued listeners, to donate any amount. For the rest of the year, you may enjoy nonstop, commercial-free programming. Join us in keeping independent radio alive!

    2. Your donations will be put to very good use! We have had to make many necessary repairs to our station in this past year (speakers, amplifiers, automated programming, call directors, you name it!) and foresee more repairs coming within the next year. Our goal is to keep our station running optimally with the best equipment available, and your contributions make that goal a reality!

    3. Support your favorite shows. Let our DJs know just how much they are appreciated. Our eclectic variety of programming on WVKR is achievable only because of our listeners’ contribution.

    4. If you pledge to WVKR and elect to take no premiums, your pledge is tax-deductible. If you do receive premiums, the surplus of your pledge is tax-deductible.

    5. Take advantage of your employing company’s matching grant program to give your favorite station an added boost.


    For any donation of up to $24.99, you will get this nifty sticker with electric-blue ink as a token of our sincere gratitude. Stick it to your car, stick it to your face. Whatever works best for you!

    Donate any amount between $25 and $49.99 to receive the sticker as well as two can koozies (one blue, one black) for the beverages of your preference. Keeps your drinks cool and makes them look cool at the same time. Amazing.

    For any donation between $50 and $74.99, you will receive the sticker, the can koozies, AND your choice of the 2014 WVKR t-shirt or a vintage WVKR tote bag. T-shirts range in size from S to 2XL and come in white, lime, and yellow: lovely summer colors for the upcoming fall season.

    Donate any amount between $75 and $99.99, and BOOM, we throw in a potholder with your t-shirt, can koozies, and sticker. Pull cookies out of the oven or handle a hot plate with ~indie radio style~.

    For any donation between $100 and $149.99, you will procure the above items PLUS a lovely vintage tote bag from pledge drives past. You will, after all, need something to stash all that merch into!

    Donate $150 or more and you will receive everything I just mentioned PLUS a vintage tee and miscellaneous goodies from our station. Need a jar opener? We got one for you. Magnets or vintage bumper stickers? Done. A grab bag of CDs? Heck yeah!

    Again, thank you for tuning into the freewaves and making WVKR possible. You all rule.

    Jay Lancaster
    General Manager

    Summer Show Proposals and Interviews!

    April 19th, 2014

    Hello Listeners and DJ’s,

    The end of Spring Schedule is fast approaching! Summer schedule will begin Monday, May 12th at 12am. If you are interesting in submitting a show proposal for the 2014 Summer Schedule, keep reading!

    To submit a show idea, there are a couple steps. Email programdirector@wvkr.org to schedule a 15 minute interview on Saturday, May 10th between 1-4pm. Please bring an hour-long playlist (for music shows) or an hour long demo (for talk shows) to the interview. We will accept playlists in a variety of forms, such as: CD’s, Spotify/8tracks, flashdrive files, or dropbox files. Talk show submissions need to on a CD or flashdrive/dropbox file as a single 60 minute mp3. Be sure to include a written copy of the playlist that includes artist names, song titles, record labels, etc. if applicable. During the interview, you will be asked in-depth questions about the show you are submitting.

    Please note that Summer 2014 show proposals are being accepted from both Vassar students and local community members. Approval of a Summer 2014 show does not guarantee that the show will continue into the Fall. 

    If you have any questions at all, please email programdirector@wvkr.org.


    Peace, love, and independent radio,


    Program Director ’13-14



    March 24th, 2014

    Hey listeners!

    We at WVKR love physical music. Like, a lot – you can kinda tell by the thousands of albums that line the walls of our studio. We also think that independent businesses are p cool and v important! So we figured, why not combine these two loves and have ourselves a good ol’ fashioned record fair???


    WVKR will be hosting its first annual Record Fair in Vassar’s College Center this Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Vendors from far and wide will be selling LPs, 45s, CDs, and, who knows, maybe even cassettes – MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! So stop by, take a peek, and go home with a bag of good stuff!

    Check the event page here for any updates and to announce your arrival, social media style~~

    With <3,
    Jay Lancaster

    General Manager @ WVKR