WRMC Spotlight: El Mundo en la Madrugada

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Alexandra Burns’ time in Spain inspired her to create her radio show “El Mundo en la Madrugada.”

Alexandra Burns’ time in Spain inspired her to create her radio show “El Mundo en la Madrugada.”

ALEXANDRA BURNS

ALEXANDRA BURNS

Alexandra Burns’ time in Spain inspired her to create her radio show “El Mundo en la Madrugada.”

Who: I (Alexandra Burns) am a first-year so I started my show on WRMC last semester. I have always been super excited by podcasts and radio in general. I am a huge NPR fan and volunteered a few summers ago at my local NPR station in Maine. As soon as I got here, I knew I wanted my own show.

What: My initial idea was to have a Spanish (language) music show but I decided to change it a bit so that my theme was to pick a Spanish speaking country each week and play songs from that country. I try to choose songs that range in genre and decade because as much as I enjoy Spanish pop, I want this to be a show that is representative of the culture and history of each country I choose.

When: This semester “El Mundo en la Madrugada” airs from 10-11 a.m. on Sundays. For the non-Spanish speakers out there, the show’s name translates to “the world in the early morning.” 10-11 a.m. may not be early morning for all but it certainly is for college kids on a Sunday. Where: You can tune into the show on WRMC 91.1 FM or listen online by going to wrmc.middlebury.edu. This show is also broadcast on a separate station for migrant workers in Vermont.

Why: I am doing this show because I want to expand my understanding of Spanish music. I lived in Spain for my final semester of high school and was introduced to lots of reggaeton, which like lots of pop music, is very catchy, talks about drinking and objectifies women. Not to discount that genre, but there is so much more Spanish music out there than “Despacito.” As someone who is currently taking two classes that study Latin America, my show allows me to apply what I have learned in class to the radio. For instance, I just did a show on Uruguay and played candombe, which is a style of music and dance that comes from slaves in Uruguay. After playing a song, I talked about the history of that music and explained its significance. I like being able to play music that Midd kids and the people of Addison County might not otherwise be exposed to.

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