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

 


Executive Staff, 2020-2021

General Manager: Emma Bauchner, generalmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

Hi! I’m Emma and I’m a senior music major from NYC. I love WVKR with all my heart and I’m absolutely thrilled to be serving as your general manager this year! I co-host a show called Hysterical Experimental focussing on women in various experimental genres—tune in on Tuesdays at 10pm!

 

Station Manager: Elliot Kleinman, stationmanager //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

I’m an American Studies major learning about Education, Art, and Creative Writing. I play a few instruments, I love to make toast and drink ginger tea, and I have detached earlobes. My WVKR alter ego, DJ earthworm, spins dark and dusty tracks from the depths of youtube. Check out our weekly show, Video Drama, Wednesdays at 11pm!

 

Program Director: Elinor Krichmar, programdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

Hey! I’m Elinor (she/her) and I’m a senior American Studies major/Hispanic Studies correlate. I am thrilled to be serving as your Programming Director this year! In addition to WVKR, I love rollerblading, food and crafting with my housemates. You can tune in to my show, Audible Fibers, every Wednesday at 10pm!!!

 

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 junior 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: Adam Buchmueller, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu

 

Hi, I’m Adam and I’m one of WVKR’s music directors! I’m a junior Media Studies major from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I co-host Sounds from the Vault, a show that explores Vassar’s record collection.

 

Music Director: Arianna Brown, wvkrmd //at// vassar //dot//edu

 

Hello friends! My name is Arianna Brown, and I use they/them pronouns. I am a junior pursuing an Africana Studies major with a Music and Culture/Urban Studies Double Minor. I’m one of WVKR’s Music Directors and I also host a radio show called “binaural blessings.”

 

Technology Director: Mafaz Chaudhry, techdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

My name is Mafaz Chaudhry and I’m currently a Junior studying Computer Science at Vassar College. I’m WVKR’s Tech Director for this academic year. My favorite artist of all time has to be the G.O.A.T. himself, Drake.

 

News Director: Zaafir Hasan, newsdirector //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

Hi!! My name is Zaafir Hasan and I’m so excited to be WVKR’s News Director this year. I’m a junior majoring in Psychology with correlates in Film and Creative Writing. I love going on long bike rides and giving my friends lots of cuddles. Catch my show Hok Kolorob at 11pm on Tuesdays to get a taste of some mysterious South Asian flavors :)

 

Promotions Director: Solenne Steelberg, promotions //at// wvkr //dot// org

 

hellooooo wvkr fam!! my name is solenne and i’m ¡h0n0r3d! to be this yr’s ~*promo director*~ i’m a senior majoring in sociology and i use they/them pronouns, djing is my #passion – i love sharing music with folks and making freaki designs!

 

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

 

Hey I’m Chloe and I’m the visual director this year for WVKR. I’m a junior majoring in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies and my radio show is Showtunes Time where I play my favorite songs from musicals!

 

Genre Directors, 2020-21

 

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

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

Jazz Director: Griffin Trayner, jazz //at// wvkr //dot// org

New Age/Ambient Director: Garret OConnor newage //at// wvkr //dot// org

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

 

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