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The Mayor’s Christmas Parade – Gallery

Monday, November 5th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY has been a part of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden since 2010 when we were invited to enter. We naturally assumed this meant we needed a float so we built one. Unlike all the other media that entered the parade with their generic vans, we got a bit serious… We have lots of photos from the various years but below are links to the official ones on the parade’s website. Perhaps the best result was when the parade was up for US Today’s 10 Best Holiday Parades in the US award. The featured image used worldwide was our very own float with Hillary tossing out fuzzy snowballs to the kids lining the sidewalks. We were pretty overwhelmed to see that as the photo used as it was a complete surprise! The parade is coming back this year (December 2nd, 1:00pm) and runs from Falls Rd & Cold Spring Lane along Falls Road South to 38th Street where it turns East and runs to Chestnut, turning North and ending. Join the fun (and 20,000 friends) and say hi to WLOY. Who knows what this year’s theme will be?? Read on for the image gallery! (more…)



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Mike Mains & The Branches Interview

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by The Professor

On Monday October 8, Emma caught Mike Mains on the phone for a few minutes between DC and Philly shows. She managed not to mention Mac DeMarco even once. Mike discussed his newest single and the new album When We Were In Love due later this year.

Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene with the release of their debut album Home, released in 2012. While touring Home, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love and got married. Mike and Shannon began writing their second album, which they crowdfunded without the support of a record label, in 2013. Matt Hoopes, of Relient K, would produce the finished album, with Zach Farro of Paramore, playing drums. They the finished Calm Down Everything’s Fine and released the album in 2014. The album hit the top 20 ranks on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart.

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Shemekia Copeland Interview

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

The Professor was lucky enough to snag a few minutes on the phone with the amazing Shemekia Copeland, on October 2, just before her shows in DC and Columbia. She’s on tour with her new album America’s Child which explores the fractures in our society, touches on some important history lessons and pulls no punches. It’s her most personal work to date in an outstanding 20 year career. From her first appearance on stage at the legendary Cotton Club at age 9(!) to her incredible guest artists list on the new album, Shemekia shares some great history with the Professor. Listen to the interview and DEFINITELY check out the new album!

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Kabaka Pyramid Interview

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 by The Professor

‘I Never Knew Radio’ host Junior had the pleasure of having a powerful reasoning from the lyrical mastermind Kabaka Pyramid. Kabaka Pyramid has made a name in the reggae and hip-hop world as top tier lyricist who uses his abilities to speak out against social injustices in Jamaica and around the world.

In this interview, Kabaka speaks about the production process of his recent release ‘ Kontraband’, lessons learned touring with Damien ‘Jr Gong’ who also produced the album. Kabaka explains the story behind numerous songs on his new album ‘Kontraband’ and the process of getting features from internationally known artist like Stonebwoy, Akon, Chronixx, and Protoje.

Kabaka also opens up about his spiritual journey into mysticism, negative effects of marijuana, and the immense influence the early works of Sizzla had on his life.

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Paul Nelson Interview

Monday, September 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Legendary session guitarist, bluesman and producer Paul Nelson sat down before his recent show in town with DJ Tim Tilghman from the Radio RockonTour show. They talked about starting in the world of Jazz Fusion and session playing and how it led to touring with the great Johnny Winter. Paul produced Johnny’s first solo Grammy winner, toured with him and got him clean after decades of serious drug abuse. Listen to the whole interview here

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Guts Club – Studio Seizure

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by The Professor

Joining Emma in the studio right before their show at The Crown is New Orleans-based Guts Club! They’re taking over the studio for an hour to record next week’s Studio Seizure (catch it Monday 7-8pm) and talk about their new album and tour.

While you wait for the show to air, you can catch Guts Club tonight at The Crown along with Romantic States and June Pastel (solo). The full show will be posted up here after it airs on Monday. And here it is!

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Guided By Voices Interview

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Shue, bassist for Guided By Voices took a few minutes out of their current tour to chat with DJ Earl Crown about the band, recent recordings and more. GBV has been around in various incarnations for 35 years and dozens of albums led by frontman Bob Pollard. Guided By Voices will be in town at the Ottobar on Tuesday August 14 and Earl will be there…

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Jackie Cohen – Studio Seizure

Monday, July 30th, 2018 by The Professor

Jackie Cohen joins us on July 30th for a “Studio Seizure” to discuss her first EP, “Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got the Blues”. Cohen is an “anti-folk” singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California who plays with deep poetic lyricism. Listen to our show with her for some of Cohen’s insights on the EP and discussing the music the has made her the musician she is today. Interviewed by Emma, just before their show at Metro Gallery in Baltimore. In case you missed the broadcast, here is the interview/show

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Studio Seizure with The Crowning

Monday, April 16th, 2018 by The Professor

Steph got to spend some time with Stroudsburg, PA’s The Crowning for our most recent Studio Seizure. While they’re a bit heavier than her usual Vineyard Vibes show, she had a great time talking about the band, their tour and influences. Micah (Vocals, Guitar) and Ty (Bass) stopped in after their Baltimore gig and hung out with Steph for over an hour. The show ran long so we have an edited version playing on the air, but you lucky fans can hear the full 70 minutes here

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Jimmie Bones Interview

Monday, February 19th, 2018 by The Professor

Jimmie “Bones” Trombly is probably best known for his role as keyboardist for Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, but he’s been a part of Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, and played on and co-produced the final album of bluesman R. L. Burnside, among his many credits.  

Currently on tour with Kid Rock and heading to the Royal Farms Arena on March 3rd, Jimmie has also released his first solo project “Snakebit and Wandering” on Funky D Records. Jimmie kindly took some time to talk to The Professor from WLOY’s Monday Morning Blues show in advance of their arrival in town.  From getting the guitar of Wayne Kramer (MC5) on his album to the joy of touring by private jet, they covered a lot.  Check out the interview below, and pickup a copy of Jimmie’s CD here

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