88.1 The ’Burg employs CWU students every year to assist with the many facets of station operations.

Brand Manager

Name : Elena Larrabee
Phone : (509) 963-2423

Hello there! My name is Elena, and when I’m not restoring classic cars or learning to read minds as a psych major, I’ll be here in the ‘Burg office coordinating with our wonderful community as your Brand Manager. I am here to help promote the great businesses and organizations that support us here at 88.1, and I’m excited to be a part of the team that makes the ‘Burg happen.

Broadcast Engineering Assistant

Name :Nick Peretti
Phone : (509) 963-3388

Here at the burg, I specialize in radio maintenance and development. We are proud to bring the Ellensburg people the music they want to hear using state of the art equipment. I am in my final year at Central Washington University and I hope to leave a positive mark on how our radio station serves its audience. Go WildCats!


Broadcast IT Associate

Name : Tanner Richey
Phone : (509) 963-3388

Hello there ‘Burgians. Started here at 881 back in June. I maintain the web pages and assist with all kinds of computer support. DJ Wattson and I started our radio show Sensory overload playing EDM and now we open up one of the ‘Burgs greatest shows, Electropolis! I came to Central as a Law & Justice/Sociology Major and than I found the light and am currently a IT major. I’m going on my senior year and will graduate in the spring!

Graphic Designer

Name: Jessi Miracle

Hey I’m Jessi Miracle, the Graphic Designer for the Burg team! I’m majoring in Graphic Design (whoa surprise!) and I’m currently in my junior year. The Burg is an AWESOME place to work at since the team is so energetic and passionate about what they do.
I definitely feel right at home here!

Music Director

Name : Tim Mitchell
Phone : (509) 963-2284

Hey everyone, I’m Tim Mitchell, the music programming coordinator here at 88.1 The ‘Burg! I’m currently a sophomore here at CWU and this is my second year of being a part of the radio station program. Music is a major part of my life and I love listening to it, playing it, teaching it, and writing it. I also enjoy hiking, exploring, and getting outside on sunny days. Here at The ‘Burg, I am your go-to for submitting music as well as finding out what stuff is popular in the world of radio. Feel free to talk to me anytime!

Music Programming Coordinator

Name: Timo Nakhisa


My name is Timo Nakhisa and I am the Assistant Music Director here at 881 The ‘Burg. I mainly specialize in the realms of world, top 40, rhythmic and urban genres. I love this job because it gives me opportunities to get involved in the music business in a professional manner.

Some of the day to day activities that I do being a AMD includes screening music that record labels sends us, arranging artists interviews, blogs, podcasts and many more.

I also try and help out our DJs with any questions they have regarding the music play or anything about their show that they may be uncertain of. Another goal of the Music Department is we want to build a local music scene (show) so if you know a local artist trying to get air play on the radio, let us know.

P.S I have two shows that I host: Sundays 12-2pm, Reggae Lovers (Genre: Reggae)
Thursdays 5-6pm, Memory Lane (Genre: Old school hip hop, Rap, R&B)

Tayler Shaindlin

News & Public Affairs Coordinator

Name : Tayler Shaindlin
Phone : (509) 963-1619

Hi Guys, Tayler here! I’m a sophomore here at Central and have been with the Burg since last Winter. I started out with a monday night show, but since being promoted to paid staff in the news department, I’ve moved to thursdays and double shows on fridays, where I host the new friday edition of news central. Being a theatre major and a communication minor, I’m a big lover of telling stories and News is a perfect way to do it. Outside of school and the ‘Burg, I take opera lessons, play the ukulele, and love to waste away the hours on netflix. My life is crazy, but I love every minute of it!

News Reporter

Name : Eric Schlect
Phone : (509) 963-1619

Office Coordinator

Name : Jacqueline Hendrickson
Phone : (509) 963-2283

My name is Jacqueline Hendrickson. Here at The Burg I get to do all the fun stuff like take notes at the meetings and chase people down to sign their time cards. It’s been really awesome working here so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year!

Production Coordinator

Name : Sam James
Phone : (509) 963-2186

I’m Sam James, Production Coordinator here at KCWU. I started working for The ‘Burg in May, 2013. I’m a sophomore in the Flight Technology program going for a Professional Pilot major. I’ve been flying since I was about 10 years old, and I finally got my private pilot certificate just over two years ago, in September, 2011. During my formative years, when I wasn’t daydreaming about flying or ogling at sweet airplanes, I loved anything to do with music. I’ve been playing trumpet for about 8 years, and drums for about 6. Late in my sophomore year of high school I got into recording in a big way, which brought me to 88.1. My other job is a pretty significant departure from The Burg’: one weekend a month, I become a Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserve. I work as an Air Transportation Apprentice in the 446th Airlift Wing at McChord Field, where I hope to someday fly the C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane. When I’m not studying, working, or flying, I enjoy shooting pool, swimming, and a little off-roading now and then in my big green Bronco.

Production Assistant

Name: Zach Mysliwiec

Nick Oliver

Assistant Program Director

Name: Nick Oliver

HELLO EVERYONE !!! My name is Nick Oliver i am the Assistant Program Director here at 88.1 The ‘Burg. I am a sophomore Broadcast Journalism Major and i hope to one day have a career as a Radio DJ. I love doing anything at The Burg and as a result i spend just about 85% my time at the radio station. Whether it be volunteering at promotions or working in the office i love being involved in every aspect of The Burg. In my free time I usually spend time at the station just to help wherever help is needed and if I’m not in the station then I am in class or something is wrong. So if you come into the station and you see me feel free to say “whats up !”. As for the little time i am not in the station I am usually doing homework, rocking out to my awesome record collection, or sleeping.

Promotions Coordinator

Name : Sawyer Schilperoort
Phone : (509) 963-2175

HELLO FRIENDS!!! My name is Sawyer Schilperoort and I am the Promotions Manager here at 88.1 THE ‘BURG. I am a sophomore this year and I plan on majoring in Secondary Mathematical Education with a minor in Communications. It is my job to set up, organize and execute any and all of The ‘Burgs events. If you can book it,we can do it!


Sports Coordinator

Name: Jeff MacMillan

His Bio is to be determined.

Training and Development Coordinator

Name : Russell Widner
Phone : (509) 963-2246
My name is Russell Widner. I am a trainer here at The Burg and I am always happy to help anyone that comes through the Burg doors. I am at Central to earn a degree as a high school English teacher, but music has always been a passion of mine. Feel free to say hi to me whenever you see me.


Name : Peter Ortega
Phone : (509) 963-2246

I’ve been involved with The ‘Burg for a year and half now. Hip-Hop has been my love and will forever. I’m a trainer here at The ‘Burg and I’m P-Lo, the flyest hip-hop DJ on the airwaves. I am a tall 6 foot 3 cup of brown sugar, born in West Seattle, raised in Tacoma and I will love the 253 forever. I love this job.

Traffic & Continuity Coordinator

Name: Jillian Guernsey

Hey my name is Jillian Guernsey. I am the Traffic and Continuity Coordinator, which means I help Mia out with underwriting and I handle the billing and cash.
This is my second year at CWU and first year at The Burg! It’s been great so far, this is a super cool group of people to work with. I am planning on double majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and Public Health, as well as minoring in Nonprofit Management. I hope to go into mental health awareness and advocacy.

Underwriting Coordinator

Name: Mia Patterson

Bio is still to be determined.


Core Staff Assistant

Name: Milagro Castilleja

Yo, Audiophilo Milo here, your friendly neighborhood core staff assistant. I help out in all the departments wherever I’m needed. And I like movies!