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.
ContactWVKR-FM 124 Raymond Ave Box 726 Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Phone Directory (Please make sure you call the office that can best respond to your inquiry.)
Business Office: 845.437.5475
Music Office: 845.437.5476
Station Manager: 845.437.7010
General Manager: William “Jay” Lancaster, generalmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org
Program Director: Jack Rowland, programdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org
Music Directors: Asprey Liu and Jack Conway, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu
Promotions Director: Andy Sironko, promotions //at// wvkr //dot// org
Station Manager: Aaron Bendich, stationmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org
Finance Director: Ivy Green, finance //at// wvkr //dot// org
News Director: Lars Odland, newsdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org
Technology Director: Nick Burka, techdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org
Genre Directors, 2014-2015
Electronic Director: Asprey Liu electronic //at// wvkr //dot// org
Blues Director and Faculty Advisor: Nick de Leeuw, blues //at// wvkr //dot// org
Jazz Director: Nick Burka, jazzdirector //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