A familiar voice to listeners of Radio Woodstock, WDST, in upstate New York, MK Burnell joins WFUV as one of the station's substitute hosts. From 2017 until 2020, MK was the afternoon host and music director at WDST.
She began at that radio station back in 2015, while she was still a political science major at SUNY New Paltz, and she wore many hats during her five-year tenure: midday host, assistant music director, assistant promotions director, and showrunner of her own “Locally Grown with MK” program, which she calls her “proudest career achievement,” turning a spotlight on local musicians.
She currently produces her own podcast, “More Music Please: Quarantine Beat,” and she’s also a singer in several bands in the Hudson Valley area. “I love playing raucous shows at dive bars,” says MK, “and can't wait to get back to it!”
Although she’s lived near the Catskills for the past decade, MK always flipped on WFUV whenever she visited New York City. “It was frequently a case of ‘Whoa, this song is getting radio play?’” MK says enthusiastically of her FUV listening experience. “I didn't know anyone else even knew this band existed!"
Now that she’s at WFUV, MK looks forward to “supporting musicians I believe in.” Some of her favorite bands and artists include Steely Dan (“my gold standard”), Vampire Weekend (“the first three albums are perfect”), of Montreal, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, and especially Taylor Swift.
“I was in the top 1% of Taylor's Spotify listeners in 2020,” says MK. “I'm also in a cover band called Trailer Swift and am getting a Folklore-related tattoo. So... I’m a certified Swiftie.”
When she’s not immersed in music, MK lives in Kingston, New York with her partner and their two dogs. A self-described fitness buff, MK is an avid runner and she’s studying for a certificate in steel mace. Her post-pandemic dreams? A bucket list trip to the Swiss Alps and returning to her first love: acting.