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88.1 The ‘Burg launches The ‘Burg 2

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88.1 The ‘Burg launches The ‘Burg 2

Rune Torgerson, program director, sits at his desk at The 'Burg.

Rune Torgerson, program director, sits at his desk at The 'Burg.

Jack Lambert

Rune Torgerson, program director, sits at his desk at The 'Burg.

Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert

Rune Torgerson, program director, sits at his desk at The 'Burg.

Jewels McClure, Staff Reporter

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With such a diverse student body, and equally as diverse music tastes, there are a lot of people to please when it comes to what genre of music is being played at 88.1 The ‘Burg and how often it is played.

Sports also have to be taken into account, being as 88.1 The ‘Burg broadcasts sports games on their station as well.

This is why staff launched The ‘Burg 2, also referred to as “The Rock.”

“The Burg 2 started out as an all-sports station in 2015-2016, but there were not enough sports to fill an entire station,” said Rune Torgersen, ‘Burg 2 program director.

In mid-November, The ‘Burg 2 officially re-launched as a rock station, playing different subgenres of rock. Torgersen became the program director and Xander Deccio became the music director of the station.

“They told us [to] make something new, so we decided to go with a rock station. [There is] indie rock in the morning, classic rock midday, punk rock in the evening, hard rock at night and then at bed time we play stoner rock,” Torgersen said.

Some examples of what The ‘Burg 2 plays are The Flaming Lips, The Arctic Monkeys, Ramones, Beck, and The Kinks. You can easily access these artists and many more when you go to 88.1theburg.com and click on “The Rock Stream”.

Torgersen said that The ‘Burg 2 was necessary because while 88.1 The ‘Burg was fulfilling what the general public was asking for, rock music was slowly being left behind.

“That sort of left out a lot of the college rock aesthetic that we used to have so we started to spill over onto The ‘Burg 2,” Torgersen said.

88.1 The ‘Burg’s mission statement is to be an “out-of-classroom learning laboratory utilizing a real-world broadcast environment to foster lifelong communication, public speaking, workplace accountability, teamwork, and leadership skills important for successful citizenship and success in any chosen career.”

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