Pledge Drive

WVKR listeners,

Thank you so much for an incredible pledge drive. I am so inspired by the love you all have for this station! We depend on the pledge drive to keep our radio station up and running, Though we no longer will have volunteers answering phones, you can still make a pledge/donate.

To make a pledge:

Click the “donate” button in the upper right corner of this website (You will not receive premiums). To receive premiums, You can also print a donation form by clicking here, and mail it in with your donation to the WVKR Pledge Drive Office (address information posted below).

Donation amount: Premium

$1.00 – $24.99: Sticker and Keychain

$25.00 – $49.99: Keychain, Sticker and 2019 T-shirt

$50.00 – $74.99: Keychain, Sticker and 2019 Insulated Grocery Bag or 2019 T-shirt

$50.00 or more: Polka Beat Show CD

$75.00 – $99.99: Keychain, Sticker, 2019 T-shirt and 2019 Insulated Grocery Bag

$100.00 or more: Keychain, Sticker, 2019 T-shirt, 2019 insulated Grocery Bag, Vintage Merch Grab Bag

If you chose to donate without receiving premiums, then your entire donation is tax-deductible. If you choose premiums then only the surplus of your pledge is tax-deductible.

Please take advantage of your employer’s matching grant programs!

For mail-in donations, please send the above form and donation to the following address:

WVKR Gifts
161 College Avenue, Box 725 (note box number must be on the same line and not a separate line)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Again, thank you so much to all of the listeners that made pledges and to all the volunteers and DJ’s that make our community such a vibrant and unique place.

Plus, if you elect to take no premiums, your entire pledge is tax-deductible! If you do receive premiums, the surplus of your pledge is tax-deductible. And don’t forget to take advantage of your employer’s matching grant program!!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay tuned in on updates!

long live independent radio,

2019 wvkr exec

Laura Zapien

General Manager



First and foremost our station would like to recognize the end of one of our longest running shows, ‘Radio Showtime’. For 30 years Bill Eberle has been providing our listeners with old time radio shows from the 40s, 50s and 60s every Sunday evening. For the time being, Bill will continue his Wednesday morning show, ‘Classic Country’.

This summer we have been a bit quiet on the social media but, as per usual, LOUD on the airwaves. Our summer programming has been full of the voices of our beloved community DJs, a few dedicated student DJs, and some new voices contributing to the eclectic mix of radio that you love. In the coming weeks our station will transition from summer programming to the fall program. This means that many DJs will return, packing our program with shows from early in the morning to late at night, and the annual WVKR PLEDGE DRIVE will commence.

From September 3rd to September 9th we’re asking our listeners to show their support and help us keep our station running. Without our annual Pledge Drive we wouldn’t be able to bring you commercial-free independent radio, so please consider pledging online or by phone during this wild week of radio. We will be offering premiums of all shapes and colors to thank our faithful listeners for your donations. Stay tuned to find out more about the type and design of these exciting gifts.

The incoming 2019-2020 executive board is excited to get to work to contribute to a fantastic year of independent radio!


Dear Pledgers near and far,

We understand the holidays may have left you wondering if your radio goodies got lost in the post. Fear not! In changing distributors and payment of such, we encountered few obstacles with communication with services on our premiums this year. Our apologies regarding the lateness of premiums mailing, and know that we are awaiting the last of the shipments to arrive so our team can promptly mail them out.

We understand this timeline looks different than the past years, so we wanted to post this announcement to ensure you all will be able to rock your own VKR fashion very soon! Making sure our listeners receive their merch is a priority to us, and expect to send out the bulk of premiums no later than 3 – 4 weeks time.

We appreciate your patience and dedicated listenership, and are forever grateful for your contributions to keep independent radio radiating!

Thank you all for your support,

wvkr exec


D E A R  WVKR  listeners:

Our air studio has been facing hardware issues since last summer’s storms. We’ve been repairing as more hits have been happening and malfunctions arise with our newly installed equipmeny. The recent interruptions in program are a result of this issue. ☔️?⚡️

We’ve currently moved to using our production studio, where shows in automation (such as Democracy Now) and shows that require more specific technologies (such as vinyl) are off air or interrupted temporarily because of repair.

Stay posted, as we announce again when studio is up and running. Hopefully soon with power protection to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Thank you all for your patience and support during this trying time!

? Stay tuned on updates and keep tuning in!