WLOY is so much more than your average college radio station! Whether it’s our Award Winning local music shows, community outreach, our in studio performances by great bands, fundraising for others, or just our great DJs playing all sorts of killer tunes you need to hear – WLOY is better than the average bear!
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WLOY Loyola Radio is the student run radio station operating at Loyola University Maryland. WLOY provides entertainment through various radio programming and campus/community events, offers a diverse creative and educational environment for individuals to have hands-on experience in broadcast radio, and is committed to integrating itself into the greater Baltimore community through programming, events and outreach. Through all these endeavors, WLOY lives out the Jesuit ideal of men and women with and for others.
A group of students and Fr. Michael Braden (founder of the campus TV operations) persuaded Fr. Harold Ridley, then President of the college, to start a new, state-of-the-art facility for students that would also embrace the Communications Department coursework as a laboratory. A new facility was constructed in autumn of 2002. John Devecka was hired as the Operations Manager, and the initial student staff was trained to begin broadcasting. William Coveney ’03 was the first student General Manager, Kathryn Lowry ’05 the first Music Director. WLOY went live March 19, 2003 and has broadcast continuously since.
WLOY follows a general rock music format, playing contemporary, alternative, and classic rock. Music selection trends from lighter in the morning towards heavier in the evening and overnight. On-air staff, comprised almost exclusively of students, are given latitude to select songs within this format.
Specialty shows include a program hosted by Karyn Oliver, former President of the Baltimore Songwriters Association, which focuses on local music and often features live performances by artists, and a financial advice show hosted by Dena Frenkel, CPRC, featuring discussions with guests on matters of financial planning. A former specialty show, Shut Up, I’m on the Radio, was awarded “Best Local Music Radio Show” in 2006 by the Baltimore City Paper. The station also frequently broadcasts live coverage of Loyola Greyhounds NCAA Division I sporting events.
WLOY is a founding member of the Baltimore Community Radio Coalition and carries programming produced by underrepresented communities within Baltimore City. As a member, WLOY has contributed equipment, installation, and training to the program in Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School, among others. Material produced by Learning, Inc. and students at Dallas Nicholas airs Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 2pm as part of the community radio hour.
WLOY is a member of the Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. and the Broadcast Education Association. Its Operations Manager is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Were are compiling a history of the original Loyola campus radio station, founded as WVLC in 1975 and switched to WLCR in 1976. If you are, or know, station alumni please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org to help us fill in the gaps! The work in progress is here.