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

Directions and Parking Information 

We are located at Vassar College (124 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12604) in the Main Building on the 3rd floor (non-residential side). We recommend walking through Main Building, taking a right so that you find the Retreat –the cafe in Main Building– and then walking straight back and slightly to the left of the Retreat to the elevator at the end of that hall. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and you’ll find the station directly across from the elevator. If you need assistance, the Campus Resource Center desk is directly inside Main Building.

Parking is available on Vassar’s campus. Just inside Main Gate, on either side of the street leading up to Main building (Main Campus Drive) parking is allowed. Additional parking may be available in the Main Circle (the road that circles Main building) as well as Pratt Lot. For more information, please refer to https://info.vassar.edu/visit/maps/.

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, 2019-2020

General Manager: Laura Zapien, generalmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

I am Laura Zapien (She/Them). I am a Psychology and Film double major, class of 2020. I am the DJ of El Puente, an all-Spanish Latinx show!
Station Manager: Alex Azuelos, stationmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

Hello! I’m an earth science and geography major, from Philly and do a show about local Philly bands and artists.

Program Director: George Platt, programdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

Hi everyone! My name is George and I will be serving as your programming director!

Finance Director: Daniel Perez, finance //at// wvkr //dot// org

Hello everyone! My name is Daniel and I am this year’s finance treasurer for WVKR. I am a sophomore studying applied mathematics with a passion for new music! I am incredibly excited to be working with everyone and look forward to this year.

Music Director: Braiden Morris, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu

My name is Braiden Morris! I’m a senior English major, and I’ve been a music director for the station for the past three years. Music is my life!

Music Director: Emma Bauchner, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu

Hi! I’m Emma, I use she/her, and I’m a junior Urban Studies major. This year I am one of WVKR’s two Music Directors.

Technology Director: Corin Rose, techdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

I’m Corin, WVKR’s Technology Director! I’m a senior, studying math and computer science. I manage the station’s website and emails:)

News Director: Sharen Rivas, newsdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

I’m Sharen (she/her/hers)! I’m a senior Neuroscience and Behavior major and I am the station’s News Director.  I host an all Spanish radio show called El Puente which features many genres of Latin America.

Promotions Director: Eleanor Carter, promotions //at// wvkr //dot// org

Hi all, my name is Eleanor & I am the promotions manager this year! I’m a sophomore planning on majoring in history & in the past my show has focused on indie rock!

Visual Director: Chloe Richards, visualdesigner //at// wvkr //dot// org

Hey I’m Chloe (she/hers/her), the visual director for wvkr. I’m a sophomore studying urban studies and Spanish and my radio show is Showtunes Time

 

 

Genre Directors, 2019-2020

Electronic Director: Kiki Walker (Fall 2017), Ichar Heffernan (Spring 2018), electronic //at// wvkr //dot// org

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

Jazz Director: Ellis Thompson, jazzdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

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

World Director: Alex Brown, worldmusicdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

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

Hip Hop Music Director: Joshua Ramirez, hiphop // at // wvkr // org