If you tune in to WIUV on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. you might not understand the music playing. And if you do, then odds are you speak Spanish. The Spanish Club here at Castleton has taken over the airwaves with artists such as Juanes, Cabas, and even some Ricky Martin. These artists add a little cultural flair to a radio station that usually only plays contemporary rock.
“It is such a good show to listen to and give yourself a more cultural experience, especially in small town Vermont,” said Brier Welch, a senior majoring in Spanish for business, and also president of the Spanish club. “I don’t know of any other radio stations in Vermont that play completely in Spanish.”
Ana Alexander, chair of the Spanish Department, proudly confirmed that it is in fact the only Spanish radio show in Vermont.
“The show brings a little bit of Spanish to the area,” she said. “Little do people know, there are Spanish speaking people in this area.”
This is the radio show’s fourth year running and it has gained a lot of steam since its beginnings.
“I think its fun. I wish I did it earlier,” said Laura Daubenspeck, who is a five-year Spanish Club veteran currently in her first year spinning tunes on the Spanish radio show.
And Castleton students aren’t the only ones who listen in to the hour-long show, according to Daubenspeck. Spanish teachers from around the area often times tape the show for their classes, she said.
During a recent show, new listeners were sending instant messages to WIUV to find out the names of songs that they enjoyed.
And club members say the music is still accessible for students who aren’t Spanish speaking.
“It’s definitely cool. It shows people that Spanish music is fun,” says Spanish Club vice president, Mike Massarone.