General Information

Radio has a venerable history at Vassar with the earliest shows airing in 1938. From those earliest broadcasts, the college has sought eclectic and informative programming pertinent to the community.

In the early 1970′s, WVKR Vassar College Radio was born. Starting as an AM current carrier station, WVKR broadcast from Main Building up to twenty-one hours per day via a campus-only closed circuit. With the emergence of broad popularity for FM broadcasting, Vassar petitioned for and was granted an FCC license to switch to FM and broadcast on 91.3 MHz over an 18 mile radius via a 10 watt transmitter atop Main Building. The station strove to broadcast up to twenty hours per day during the academic year.

Over the years, year-round programming, 24-hour programming, and a strong signal have been incorporated. Since 1994, WVKR has been broadcasting at 3400 watts and the transmitter sits on the west side of the Hudson River. In addition to Vassar students, DJs also come from the surrounding community. Although the station has undergone many changes the mission has stayed very much the same: “to promote music not heard elsewhere and to serve the community interest through eclectic radio programming”.

Via broadcast, WVKR has been heard in five states (NY, MA, CT, NJ, and PA). Via webcast, accessible from the WVKR home page (www.wvkr.org), listeners in Japan, Sweden, Brazil, and outposts unknown have tuned into the same shows you do on 91.3 MHz.

Contact

WVKR-FM
124 Raymond Ave
Box 726
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

generalmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

Phone Directory (Please make sure you call the office that can best respond to your inquiry.)

Requests: 845.437.7178

Business Office: 845.437.5475

Music Office: 845.437.5476

Station Manager: 845.437.7010

Staff, 2013-2014

General Manager: William “Jay” Lancaster, generalmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

Program Director: Kathryn Marshall, programdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

Music Directors: Riley Gold and Nicholas Olsen, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu

Promotions Director: Kevin Lozano, promotions //at// wvkr //dot// org

Station Manager: Zebulon Wimsatt, stationmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

Finance Director: Aaron Bendich, finance //at// wvkr //dot// org

News Director: Carlos Mandeville, newsdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

Technology Director: Alexander Iadarola, techdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

Genre Directors, 2013-2014

Electronic Director: Asprey Liu electronic //at// wvkr //dot// org

Blues Director and Faculty Advisor: Nick de Leeuw, blues //at// wvkr //dot// org

Folk Director: D.B. Brown, folk //at// wvkr //dot// org

World Director: Akenataa Hammagaadji, worldmusicdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

New Age Director: Scott Raymond, newage //at// wvkr //dot// org