Solange Concert

November 6th, 2013

A Review in Verse

It was dope dope dope,
Hitting my fave musical tropes.
She played a Dirty Projectors song
Kept me thinkin’ all night long
Solange Knowles, only if we could elope.

Bad poetry, aside. The concert was awesome. Solange had great energy and some pretty sweet dance moves. Much love to VICE and CBS for bringing her. We here at WVKR approve.

Check it-

Stay tuned for some DJ Interviews in the near future and a new music blast from our Music Directors.

Music Office Pick of the Weak

November 6th, 2013

By Rick Golson

(Riley + Nick, New Music Directors)

Our first “pick of the weak” goes to Chance of Rain, the new LP by Michigan-born, New York-based producer Laurel Halo. It’s her second release on Hyperdub, the first being 2012′s Quarantine (named album of the year by The Wire). She’s also released material on Hippos In Tanks and collaborated on FRKWYS 7 with abstract electronic bros James Ferraro, David Borden, Sam Godin, and Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). But back to the album: Chance of Rain is a raw, dark record of live hardware compositions. Hi-hats jitter and synths pulse over clouds of noise with the occasional disembodied vocal sample. There’s a definite Detroit techno influence: the unrelenting force of Jeff Mills, the outer space synths of Juan Atkins and Terrence Dixon, the twitchy industrial smacks and deep funk bass lines of Omar-S. But this is a different breed of machine music; it feels looser, jazzier, more improvisational and urgent. There’s less funk, more paranoia. And as each throbbing track builds and contracts, you feel Halo thinking, sense her intentions. It’s a terrifying and stimulating ride.

Pledge Drive Ends, Fall Schedule 2k13 Begins

September 17th, 2013

Hey all,

Pledge drive was a huge success this year — we at WVKR wish to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who pledged this week!! The money that you’ve donated will be used for crucial elements of our station, including our broadcast tower rental, online stream, and repairs/upgrades to our studio equipment. We couldn’t keep the motor running without your kind support, so we can’t say thanks enough. We’re excited to provide you with some of the most eclectic programming in the Hudson Valley (and beyond!) for yet another year. Hugs and high-fives all around.

Our fall schedule has begun today, and we’re very stoked to welcome back our returning student DJs (a fresh batch of new student DJs will be joining us soon as well, so keep watching this space)! Feel free to check the program guide above, find a few student shows that sound cool to you, and tune in all season to hear us bright-eyed / bushy-tailed / kinda-weird college kids playing the music we love and spreading the news we care about.

Keep it tuned to the freewaves!
Jay Lancaster
General Manager // 2013-2014



September 6th, 2013

To our Loyal Listeners:

I’m pleased to announce that WVKR’s 2013 Pledge Drive has arrived! From Tuesday, September 10th through Monday, September 16th, you can donate by calling in to 845.437.7178 or sending in an online form below.

Why pledge?

1. WVKR operation is only possible with listener support.  As an independent radio station, we are powered by our listeners. The majority of our station’s funds 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. 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.

3. 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.

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

To print out our online pledge form, please click one of the links below:

2013 Online Pledge Drive Form (PDF)
2013 Online Pledge Drive Form (DOC)


The sticker. Sleek, five-colored, and ready to adhere.

The magnet. An eye-catching addition to your fridge or magnetic surface of choice. Très chic.

The sticker + magnet combo can be yours for any donation between $0.01 and $24.99.

Up next, I present the vintage tee and tank, designs from previous years that we love so much we just had to bring them back. Perfect for warmer weather and/or conveying your love of unicorns.

The vintage tote. It holds stuff. Fashionably.

For any donation between $25 and $49.99, the sticker, magnet, and choice of vintage tee, tank, or tote is all yours. Please note that only some of our vintage designs are depicted above.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, introducing — the 2013 tee & tote.


Tees are available in your choice of sky blue, grey, or white (not pictured).

The sticker, magnet, and your choice of 2013 tee or tote is available for any donation between $50 and $74.99. You can snag all four for any donation between $75 and $99.99.

And lastly, the icing on the cake. For any donation over $100, we will supply you with the sticker, magnet, 2013 tee & tote, PLUS an assortment of miscellaneous vintage goodies. Jar openers! Compact mirrors! Much, much more!

Jay Lancaster
General Manager @ WVKR