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