October 9th, 2016

♣Just to give you an idea of the brain trust ;-)  we’ve got here behind the scenes at WVKR—-BILL EBERLE built a RADIO TRANSMITTER into AN OLD REFRIGERATOR!!!!!! WHEN HE WAS 15!!!!! Bill KNOWS radio!!! If you want to hear him in action, tune in to one or BOTH of his two great programs on 91.3fm:  Classic Country on every Wednesday from 9:00AM to noon, and Radio Showtime on every Sunday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm!!♣

In BILL’s own words:

“I got my FCC novice radio amateur radio license at the age of 15, and later upgraded to a General Class.

I built my first transmitter, a low-power Morse code transmitter, and later bought a low-power code and audio transmitter. Then I decided to build a more powerful transmitter, 400 watts, for Morse code, as described in the AARL (American Radio Relay League) magazine.

I wasn’t sure what to build it in, and I don’t remember where the idea come from, but I decided to build it in an old unused refrigerator.  My dad drove me to an appliance store where I was given an old refrigerator (no charge). When I got home, the first thing I did was add four wheels so I could move it easily.  Then I sprayed the whole cabinet with a flat black paint.

I removed the compressor from the bottom, and the controls and cooling element from the top. I also removed the door.

I put the low voltage supply on the bottom where the food would go, and I put transmitter controls in the front of the cabinet.

In order to add modulation to the transmitter, I built an external Modulator in the back of the transmitter, which I would plug into the transmitter.

The last time I used the transmitter was probably in the early 80’s when band conditions were much better, making it easier to talk to other hams in distant parts of the country.”




September 26th, 2016


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT in this year’s pledge drive! 

It was our best pledge drive since 2008 and the second best pledge drive in the history of WVKR!!! We also had a huge increase in number of pledges–so thanks to all our new supporters! This proves, once and for all, that we have the best, most loyal listeners in the history of radio!!! 


Invoices have been mailed–so you should get yours soon! Send it back, and we’ll send your MERCH out ASAP!


September 5th, 2016

Can you believe it?!!?! The annual WVKR PLEDGE DRIVE starts this TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6th, and runs till next MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12th!!!! Spread the word and help us keep INDEPENDENT RADIO alive and well! We rely on your support to make necessary repairs/renovations and we appreciate every pledge, no matter how small!!!


There are TWO different ways to give:

1. Call our studio line at 845-437-7178 and make a pledge over the phone!

2. Print out this form (click here) and mail it back to us at: Vassar College 124 Raymond Avenue, Box 726 Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0726!!!


To thank you for your support, we will be sending out the following THANK-YOU gifts!

$1.00 – $24.99: Sticker and bottle opener keychain

$25.00 – $49.99: Sticker, bottle opener keychain, and 2016 T-shirt

 $50.00 – $74.99: Sticker, bottle opener keychain, and 2016 tote

$50.00 – $74.99: Sticker, bottle opener keychain, and 2016 T-shirt

$50.00 or more: Geetmala Show CD

$50.00 or more: Polka Beat Show CD

$75.00 – $99.99: Sticker, bottle opener keychain, 2016 T-shirt, 2016 tote

$100.00 or more: Sticker, keychain, 2016 T-shirt, 2016 tote, Vintage Merch Grab Bag







PLEDGE DRIVE SEPTEMBER 6th-12th!!!!!!!!!!!

August 29th, 2016

The WVKR pledge drive will be held from SEPTEMBER 6TH-12TH!!!!!!!!! Mark it on your calendars, shout it from the rooftops, write it on your forehead and then walk down a busy street!!!!!! Tell everyone you know and then start meeting new people just so you can tell them!!!!


We rely on the pledge drive to make a large portion of our yearly budget–to help pay for annual bills, repairs and renovations. Any pledge call is appreciated–just dial 845-437-7178 to make a pledge over the phone, or click the “donate” button in the upper right corner of this website!!


Plus, if you elect to take no premiums, your entire pledge is tax deductible! If you do receive premiums, the surplus of your pledge is tax-deductible!!! Can you believe it????? And don’t forget to take advantage of your employer’s matching grant program!!

This year we will be offering ALL NEW stickers, keychains, shirts, and totes as a thank-you to our pledgers–stay tuned for more details on premiums!!

In the meantime–it’s my pleasure to unveil this year’s t-shirt design (drumroll please!!)–we will send you one as a thank you for your 25$ pledge!

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