Hear ‘em While They’re Hot: Apocalyptic Dreamscapes

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,

WVKR

[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.

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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,

John

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!

 

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Peace, Love, & Independent Radio,

J(ack/ohn)

Program Director ’14-’15