WYCE Mundo Musical Q&A with volunteer radio host Deisy Madrigal


Born in California, living briefly in Colorado and calling Grand Rapids her home, Deisy Madrigal shares her love for sounds in Spanish as a volunteer programmer on WYCE 88.1 fm. Deisy joined the community radio morning show El Mundo Musical over five years ago, keeping the tradition of Spanish language broadcasts on WYCE surpassing the 35-year mark. The show is broadcast live on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and on weekends from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., with Deisy from Monday to Wednesday.

Lea una versión en español de este artículo traducido por Deisy whose.

Are you in the morning? El Mundo Musical broadcast from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekends.

I’m not in the morning at all. I have a hard time waking up and it is more and more difficult every day. To get to the station at 5 a.m., I wake up anywhere between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. But then when I walk into the studio I turn on the music and start getting calls from listeners, I’m wide awake. Music in the morning also helps me establish my positive mental health for the day.

How would you describe the variety of music played on El Mundo Musical?

El Mundo play what the audience wants to hear. We play Spanish and bilingual music of all types. We play Tex-Mex music, Banda, ballads, rock, pop, a bit of everything.

How is the show used to empower the local Latinx community? What about local Latinx musicians, in particular?

Music, like many other things, is very deeply rooted in Latinx culture. The rhythm, the music, the songs, they are part of who we are. Just listening to music that speaks to you personally or makes you dance makes you feel good. Listening to music from your childhood, your country or your culture on the air is powerful. It’s also a wonderful place to have local musicians to have a platform to express themselves and share their passion with people in their community.

What are the moments that you treasure from your hosting experience El Mundo Musical?

One of my favorite moments was when Gabby and Oscar worked with me to prepare for this job. Gabby, who is super professional and talented, is the person who opened the door for me to be part of this team. Oscar, who is an idol, is the one who trained me. Between the two of them, I had the support I needed to be able to be here. I also adore everyone who listens to us. I like that they call and ask for songs, especially when they ask for songs that I don’t know. I have so many new favorite songs that our listeners have introduced me to.

What is your vision for the show and for WYCE in the years to come?

I would like to know El Mundo develop throughout the day. Maybe have some Spanish commercials, one hour dedicated to Spanish in the afternoon and maybe even in the evening. I would like one day to have a bilingual program where music from both languages ​​can be heard during the day and not just very early in the morning.

Is there anything you would like the community to know El Mundo Musical who could use more attention?

El Mundo Musical is more than music in Spanish; it’s a total experience. The music is full of passion and if you close your eyes when the music is playing, even if you don’t understand the language, the music takes over you. It’s an experience. El Mundo Musical is not only for Spanish speakers, it can also be enjoyed by those who want to know other cultures and languages. Everyone is welcome to El Mundo Musical.

Watch Deisy’s eclectic shows and playlists featuring Tex-Mex, Banda, and other Latino genres Monday through Wednesday mornings on 88.1 fm. Learn more about El Mundo Musical’s new host, Silverio Cerda, here, and his other hosts in upcoming Q&A on The Rapidian.

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