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WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM

WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM Drexel University's free-format, non-commercial, student run radio station. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @wkdu WKDU Philadelphia 91.7 FM is Drexel University's award winning college radio station.

We are operated by Drexel University students, with several Drexel alumni serving as on-air DJs. We are the only free-format non-commercial radio station in Philadelphia. Our transmitter is located on the roof of Van Rensselaer Hall in Powelton Village, and our studio is located in the basement of the Creese Student Center.

Operating as usual

Emily Robb takes a tour break to play a live set in the WKDU studio and spin some records. [photo by Jessica Kourkounis]...
03/02/2022

Emily Robb takes a tour break to play a live set in the WKDU studio and spin some records. [photo by Jessica Kourkounis]

Tune in this Wednesday at 7:00 PM, hosted by our very own @hororvacui of Sonic Rendezvous

We are presenting DAY TWO of @juliaswarrecs Festival !! Come join us for the best local music around
02/05/2022

We are presenting DAY TWO of @juliaswarrecs Festival !! Come join us for the best local music around

TOMORROW at 6:30, WKDU welcomes @makeoutcity_ on the air waves to play some tunes 💙
02/04/2022

TOMORROW at 6:30, WKDU welcomes @makeoutcity_ on the air waves to play some tunes 💙

The dust has settled and all the donations have all been processed -- the #2021EMM raised over $10K for the @robesonhous...
01/31/2022

The dust has settled and all the donations have all been processed -- the #2021EMM raised over $10K for the @robesonhousephl , CBTEL, The Block Gives Back, and Black activists here in Philly!!! Thanks again everyone involved who helped make the EMM a smash.

The Robeson House has a special event on Wednesday night, Feb. 2 -- a jazz tribute to Paul Robeson featuring Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Visit their socials for more info.

WKDU Takeovers are back in full force! Starting this coming Thursday, you can find WKDU DJs mixing at International Bar ...
01/16/2022

WKDU Takeovers are back in full force! Starting this coming Thursday, you can find WKDU DJs mixing at International Bar from 7-11 PM every 3rd Thursday.

But that's not all!! Starting on February 7th, you can ALSO catch us at the LUNAR inn in the Port Richmond area, jamming from 6-10 PM every 1st Friday. Double the takeovers!!

Swipe through to see the dates for each location. Of course, we'll keep things posted if nights get delayed/cancelled. Come by and INVADE with us 😈

It’s that time of the year folks! Our DJs have selected their favorite albums of the year, link on our website if you wo...
12/31/2021

It’s that time of the year folks! Our DJs have selected their favorite albums of the year, link on our website if you would like to check it out on our blog! And who knows? Your favorite album might have made the list 👀

Join @WKDU 91.7fm forJamCityRock's #ReggaeChristmas Alton Ellis, Prince Buster,Bob Marley & the Wailers,Eek-A-Mouse, Lor...
12/13/2021

Join @WKDU 91.7fm for
JamCityRock's #ReggaeChristmas Alton Ellis, Prince Buster,
Bob Marley & the Wailers,
Eek-A-Mouse, Lord Creator, Dennis Brown, Lee "Scratch" Perry and many more sing holiday classics to Babylon roasting on an open fire.
Listen worldwide at wkdu.org

WKDU Takeovers are BACK!! Starting next week on December 16th, we'll be DJing at International Bar from 6-10 PM! DJs of ...
12/06/2021

WKDU Takeovers are BACK!! Starting next week on December 16th, we'll be DJing at International Bar from 6-10 PM! DJs of the night will be our General & Station Managers!

This is going to be a monthly thing again but stay tuned in January for more info on the days as we're still prepping for this. Come by for the music and drinks! Event link in the bio 😶‍🌫️

Want tickets to the SOLD OUT @__thegarden__ show at Union Transfer on 11/28 ?? Then tune into let’s talk about boys tomo...
11/21/2021

Want tickets to the SOLD OUT @__thegarden__ show at Union Transfer on 11/28 ?? Then tune into let’s talk about boys tomorrow from 10pm to midnight with @basilthessnake for a chance to win… we only have 2 pairs so make sure you keep the dial LOCKED !!!

Some upcoming shows!! You know what that means.. TICKET GIVEAWAYSSSS keep an ear on the dial for the chance to win tix t...
11/16/2021

Some upcoming shows!! You know what that means.. TICKET GIVEAWAYSSSS keep an ear on the dial for the chance to win tix to these shows and tag friends you wanna go with!!

TOMORROW catch us presenting @blackmarblenyc at @undrgroundarts at 8pm (21+) Come say hi!!!
11/11/2021

TOMORROW catch us presenting @blackmarblenyc at @undrgroundarts at 8pm (21+) Come say hi!!!

TOMORROW We are presenting @some_crumb at @uniontransfer !! Tap in today to 91.7fm for a ticket giveaway!!
11/04/2021

TOMORROW We are presenting @some_crumb at @uniontransfer !! Tap in today to 91.7fm for a ticket giveaway!!

We’ve surpassed our goal for our  #2021EMM fundraising totals and we are THANKFUL for everyone’s support !!!! The cards ...
10/20/2021

We’ve surpassed our goal for our #2021EMM fundraising totals and we are THANKFUL for everyone’s support !!!! The cards were stacked upp against us this year w a very small crew and we collectively made it happen !!!! A thorough list of THANK YOUs are most definitely in order:

- @phreedomjawn - for helping us choose amazing organizations this year, helping us spread the word, and all that you do!

- Janice & @justmaybechris at The Robeson House

- @great_circles_grcr (specifically @psychicyouth & @tebbs64)

-  @lildave215 for 25 years of amazing radio and helping us curate Friday's lineup at Robeson House

- Chris B @chri5b_ Cameron @phreakwency & Khadijah for keeping it running smooth

- Peter @hearhearradio for giving us the infrastructure to run with and helping assist from like a thousand miles away

- All the venue and business owners out there that hosted us with the utmost hospitality, professionalism and understanding of COMMUNITY year in and year out --  @wowphilly @broadhallphl

- ALL THE DEEJAYS that played, danced, contributed, hated, etc -- LOVE YOU ALL!!!

- And most importantly our partners @robesonhousephl @cbtel2020 and @theblockgivesback

We’re in the homestretch! You still have time to donate. 100% of donations are going to our partners @robesonhousephl @t...
10/11/2021

We’re in the homestretch! You still have time to donate. 100% of donations are going to our partners @robesonhousephl @theblockgivesback & @cbtel2020! Visit emm.wkdu.org to make a contribution.

We are honored to host special guest & Stars End host Chuck Van Zyl on Great Circles
10/09/2021

We are honored to host special guest & Stars End host Chuck Van Zyl on Great Circles

Paul Robeson, without a doubt, was the definition of a renaissance man. Actor, singer, athlete, polyglot, lawyer, and ac...
10/08/2021

Paul Robeson, without a doubt, was the definition of a renaissance man. Actor, singer, athlete, polyglot, lawyer, and activist- he did it all! After having his passport seized by the US government for his political ideologies and activism on behalf of the Black, working class people, Robeson used any avenue he could to get his message to the people. On 5/27/1957, Robeson hosted a concert for a UK audience from America utilizing the brand new Transatlantic telephone cable evading state repression to convey messages of peace and freedom. Sounds a lot like a livestream! Today, we kickoff the #2021EMM from the @robesonhousephl Come join us!

We are spinning tunes all day at the Paul Robeson House! Come stop by and check out the museum and dance with us!!!
10/08/2021

We are spinning tunes all day at the Paul Robeson House! Come stop by and check out the museum and dance with us!!!

Alright everyone let's do the work !!! Starting Friday at noon til Monday at midnight WKDU's Electronic Music Marathon w...
10/07/2021

Alright everyone let's do the work !!! Starting Friday at noon til Monday at midnight WKDU's Electronic Music Marathon will be broadcasting from a number of different offsite locations while raising money for The Paul Robeson House, The Block Gives Back, and CBTEL !!

Full event and programming details can be found at emm.wkdu.org -- tune in, tell a friend, come dance, donate, and spread the love !!!! Hot off the press, we also have limited quantities of t shirts available on our Bandcamp. See you on the airwaves!! #2021EMM

If you haven't heard by now, we have recently installed an exhibit at the Hagerty Library, titled "WKDU: 50 Years of Stu...
10/07/2021

If you haven't heard by now, we have recently installed an exhibit at the Hagerty Library, titled "WKDU: 50 Years of Student-Run Radio". 

On Tuesday, October 19th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM we will have a formal opening reception/exhibit-walk through!

There will be several guest speakers - talking about their experience at WKDU, and the station's historical significance as an institution in the Philly music scene and beyond!

Check out our Linktree to RSVP to this super special event!!

10/05/2021

We are so excited for our 17th annual Electronic Music Marathon this weekend!!! This year, we brought on everyone's fave Philly jawn @phreedomjawn to be our community ambassador -- they helped us choose this year's EMM beneficiaries & are also recording 10 public service announcements for local organizations that will be added to our auto-playlist 🙂 Thank you so much to Rasheed for all that you do & for helping us get hype for this weekend's #2021EMM, benefitting @robesonhousephl , @cbtel2020 & @theblockgivesback .

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October 8th to October 11th, the WKDU EMM will broadcast from locations like Divine Lorraine Courtyard, the Paul Robeson House, Brewerytown Beats (@brewerytownbeats), Warehouse on Watts (@wowphilly), and even a late night after hours in North with @djsegatheblackknight headlining. 🔥

Visit emm.wkdu.org for full details and be on the lookout for more events and updates.

Tomorrow night (October 5th) at 7 PM, tune in to SLAPB0X to hear an exclusive in-studio from The Polychromatics!Tune in ...
10/05/2021

Tomorrow night (October 5th) at 7 PM, tune in to SLAPB0X to hear an exclusive in-studio from The Polychromatics!

Tune in only at WKDU 91.7 FM or wkdu.org/listennow to catch this 30 minute session ❤

First EMM party announcement coming in hot - we’ve got Philly Club icon DJ Sega @djsegatheblacknight headlining a stacke...
09/28/2021

First EMM party announcement coming in hot - we’ve got Philly Club icon DJ Sega @djsegatheblacknight headlining a stacked afterhours lineup Saturday night into Sunday morning !!!

Pre-sale tix on Resident Advisor, all proceeds go to The Paul Robeson House & The Block Gives Back - let’s go!!

First EMM party announcement coming in hot - we’ve got Philly Club icon DJ Sega @djsegatheblacknight headlining a stacke...
09/28/2021

First EMM party announcement coming in hot - we’ve got Philly Club icon DJ Sega @djsegatheblacknight headlining a stacked afterhours lineup Saturday night into Sunday morning !!!

Pre-sale tix on Resident Advisor, all proceeds go to The Paul Robeson House & The Block Gives Back - let’s go!!

Tune in tomorrow at 3pm to hear a live set from @beachgoons on let’s talk about boys 🏄🏽‍♀️
09/25/2021

Tune in tomorrow at 3pm to hear a live set from @beachgoons on let’s talk about boys 🏄🏽‍♀️

The EMM is back! Mark your calendars October 8-11 #2021EMM
09/23/2021

The EMM is back! Mark your calendars October 8-11 #2021EMM

WKDU Fall schedule is up TODAY! Check out our programming for the next few months, as well as some alumni shows back on ...
09/19/2021

WKDU Fall schedule is up TODAY! Check out our programming for the next few months, as well as some alumni shows back on for the Fall!

For the full fall details, check the link in our bio!

WKDU Exhibit at the Library!Now through December 31st, WKDU will have materials commemorating our 50th anniversary on di...
09/15/2021

WKDU Exhibit at the Library!

Now through December 31st, WKDU will have materials commemorating our 50th anniversary on display at the W.W. Hagerty Library. Each display showcases a different decade within WKDU, including materials from our beginning punk era and history about "The Black Experience in Music".

Along with this, we'll be having a reception event happening in the middle of October. More information on that in the coming week!

We hope you enjoy all that is on display and see the vast history of WKDU :)

Don't forget, we're having our FIRST IN-STUDIO since pre-pandemic tomorrow at 8 PMTune in and rock out with (or maybe mo...
09/08/2021

Don't forget, we're having our FIRST IN-STUDIO since pre-pandemic tomorrow at 8 PM

Tune in and rock out with (or maybe more like be serenaded by?) local artist Yung Sham

Live in-studio alert: our first one since pre-pandemic, with @yungshamband on “Where’s the Remote?”Super psyched to brin...
09/02/2021

Live in-studio alert: our first one since pre-pandemic, with @yungshamband on “Where’s the Remote?”

Super psyched to bring this beloved local artist down to the station for a live set.

Tune into 91.7 FM (or stream at wkdu.org) on Thursday, September 9th at 8 PM

No words needed. Happy 50th birthday WKDU ❤️
07/18/2021

No words needed.

Happy 50th birthday WKDU ❤️

We didn’t have time to scan the flyer - so here you goOUTDOOR BASH AT DREXEL PARK TO CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY! Drexel Park...
07/16/2021

We didn’t have time to scan the flyer - so here you go

OUTDOOR BASH AT DREXEL PARK TO CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY!

Drexel Park (3100 Powelton Ave) from 2-8 pm

See you there ;)

Bill Rude and Scott are here to remind you that our Alumni Marathon CONTINUES today. After Rude Awakening at 10 AM, you ...
07/16/2021

Bill Rude and Scott are here to remind you that our Alumni Marathon CONTINUES today.

After Rude Awakening at 10 AM, you can hear:

10AM to noon: Everything I Own Is Broken or Bent w/ Steve

Noon to 2PM: First Light w/ Rick

2 PM to 4PM: Afternoon Skanking with Reggae Vibrations

AND MORE!! Stay tuned and go to 50.wkdu.org

The Alumni Marathon has BEGUN!Check out our awesome schedule for today, comprised of DJs who haven't been on the air in ...
07/15/2021

The Alumni Marathon has BEGUN!

Check out our awesome schedule for today, comprised of DJs who haven't been on the air in decades and have been able to submit their shows remotely. Happy birthday to us

👕🍰 WKDU 50TH MERCH!! What a lot of you have been waiting for :) we bring to you not only one, but TWO different shirts! ...
07/14/2021

👕🍰 WKDU 50TH MERCH!! What a lot of you have been waiting for :) we bring to you not only one, but TWO different shirts! Celebrate our 50th birthday with either a shirt of our 50th design, or our limited design to show others that WKDU makes everybody's ears happy 👂 Check these out on our Bandcamp and on the merch table this Saturday!!

Designed by the super-greatly-amazing @atomicdangerdesign , printed with love from @thelvac

🍰To show our vast love for the local music scene, let us introduce you to our latest compilation album :) We brought on ...
07/13/2021

🍰To show our vast love for the local music scene, let us introduce you to our latest compilation album :) We brought on a variety of exclusive singles, varying from electronic, R&B, punk rock, metal, and more! Check this out on our Bandcamp, and be on the lookout for a physical release in the coming month!!

All proceeds from this album will go towards the work at Philabundance.

Cover artwork done by the talented WKDU member Amy Carson!

Thank you to all the bands that made this possible with us ♥♥:

Atomic Cretins
Concrete Caveman
Children of Adam
bpmf
ddbb
Highnoon
Hallucinagenic Bulb
Karlia
Mannequin Pussy
Nothing
Northern Liberties
PURPLESTICKEY
Precious Little Life
Particle Ray
Rob Paine
Rubber
Soul Glo
Tell Me No

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Tonight on WKDU I'll be spinning a nice mix of noisy stuff. You know, things like Madam data, bourbonese qualk, Cut Hands, OXBOW, and To Live and Shave in L.A. I'll also be getting into some Billy Bang and Kip Hanrahan's Coup De Tête, cause jazz is cool. Tune in at 10pm! WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM
I will be on air today WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM at 11:30 am with host Mitchell Swann talking about my upcoming performance The Paul Robeson House Jamaaladeen Tacuma THERE HE STOOD featuring Osayande Baruti - A Tribute to Paul Robeson on 2/2/22 a live stream fundraiser. Osayande Baruti will be joining us remotely from his home in California , you can tune in to 91.7 fm if your in the listening area or you can listen online anywhere in the world on their website https://wkdu.org/listennow
As a reminder, the WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM exhibit in Hagerty Library has been extended thru the end of the month. The exhibit is free and open to all members of the Drexel community & the public. Visit our website for details:
Today! Our Subversion PHL in person event is sadly postponed, but I’ll be rolling through WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM this afternoon for Dog Days radio so tune in and we’ll try to find that joy/rage balance 🔥
We're open today & tomorrow if you want to stop by & view the WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM 50th anniversary exhibit in the Hagerty Library! The exhibit will be on display through the end of Jan. 2022 https://libcal.library.drexel.edu/event/8640852
Due to popular demand, we're extending the WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM 50th anniversary exhibit through the end of January 2022! Stop by the W. W. Hagerty Library & learn more about the history of Drexel University's student-run radio station: https://libcal.library.drexel.edu/event/8640852
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