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Radio has a venerable history at Vassar College 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
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.)
Business Office: 845.437.5475
Music Office: 845.437.5476
Station Manager: 845.437.7010
Executive Staff, 2021-2022
General Manager: Chloe Richards (she/her), email@example.com
Hey I’m Chloe and I’m the General Manager this year for WVKR. I’m a senior majoring in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies from the New Hampshire/Maine coast. I host a show called Showtunes Time where I play my favorite songs from musicals.
Station Manager: Eleanor Carter (she/her), firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi all! My name is Eleanor and I’m your Station Manager for this year! I’m a senior History major/philosophy correlate from rural Oregon, and I host the new music show (Latest Greatest). I am a big fan of trail running, craft beer, good books, and dinner parties, and I’m very excited to get to know you all this year. : )
Program Director: Louis Lopez, email@example.com
Hello everyone! My name is Louis and I will be programming director for this upcoming school year. I am a math major from Los Angeles, CA and I am very much looking forward to working with all of you! I also run my own hip hop focused show and always enjoy watching a good movie and listening to new music.
Finance Director: Daniel Perez (he/him), firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello all, my name is Daniel A Perez and I have the privilege of serving as the station treasurer for the 3rd year in a row. For a bit of background, I am a Chicago native with a strange admiration for the Winter season. At Vassar I am a senior at the college studying statistics with a minor in computer science. My interests lie within the realm of data science and analytics. As it is my final year, I am super excited to share one final journey with the WVKR family.
Music Director: Adam Buchmueller (he/him), email@example.com
Hey, I’m Adam– I’m a senior Media Studies major from Ann Arbor, Michigan and one of WVKR’s two music directors. Ask me about WVKR’s record collection!
Music Director: James Weinstock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! I’m James— Adam and I are the two music directors this year. I’m a senior English major focusing on gender studies, and as a result I run an electronic/experimental pop show called 2.0. In my free time I like to play guitar, read, cook subpar vegan food and jog. Excited to work with everyone this year!
Technology Director: Casey McDonough (she/her), email@example.com
Hello WVKR family! I’m Casey, a sophomore Psychology major/Music Composition correlate, and I’ll be taking over for Mafaz in the Tech Director position this 2022 Spring Semester. So excited to be working with you all and with the station – long live independent radio!
News Director: Formosa Huang (she/her), firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! I’m Formosa and I’m excited to be the News Director this year. I’m a senior from Seattle and I’m majoring in Psychology and Music. I play selections of classical piano music on my show, Keyed In. Check it out!
Promotions Director: Zaafir Hasan, email@example.com
Hi! My name is Zaafir and I am this year’s promo director. I’m a senior majoring in Media Studies and I love being in the space of a radio station, within the nooks and crannies of its sound archives :)
Visual Director: Harrison Gable, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey! My name is Harrison and I am this year’s Visual Director. I am a senior from San Francisco majoring in International Studies. I have a show called Brapanese Bangers where I play Japanese and Brazilian music. I am a Photoshop nerd and spend my free time making art or designing T-shirts.
Office Assistant: Ezra Venditti (they/he)
Hello! I’m Ezra Venditti and I will be returning as Office Assistant for WVKR this year! I am a sophomore most likely majoring in Film. I’m from Middle Georgia. I host a show called Hypothetically Listening where I make playlists based on different hypothetical situations.