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5 Best Study Spots in Baltimore

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Are you a college student in Baltimore?  Do you ever wish you had that perfect off-campus spot to do your work but you just don’t know where to go?  I feel you.  And this one’s for you.

photo by Reinhart Julian on Unsplash / girl sitting at a table by the window studying / WLOY

1.  Sophomore Coffee

Sophomore Coffee, to me, is one of the best study spots in Baltimore.  It’s located right around the Barclay neighborhood, just a seven minute walk away from Baltimore’s famous Graffiti Alley.  Sophomore Coffee is essentially hidden, situated just underground, and it definitely has that quaint, hole-in-the-wall kind of feel.  It’s super small and quiet–perfect for focusing on homework–and definitely very aesthetically pleasing.

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Baltimore Record Bazaar

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 by The Professor

Sunday September 22nd ~ 11am to 5pm

Are you a vinyl fiend, new collector or just interested in something fun on a Sunday? Follow up your Saturday at Hampdenfest by digging in some crates for some new tunes. The Baltimore Record Bazaar has returned following the (very sad) closing of the great Windup Space with a new event at Peabody Heights Brewery (401 E 30th St, Baltimore). These are fun events for music lovers regardless of your choice of format. From CDs to 8-track tapes, you’re likely to find a bit of everything in the crates. Typically more than 30 vendors fill the space with tables full of classic and obscure vinyl. Baby’s on Fire (another great Baltimore place you need to visit) will be providing the food, and live DJs will provide entertainment (along with a special show from Loop Diggas) so you’ll be able to chill while you shop. Adult beverages will be available from Peabody Heights on-site brewery. Vendors will include Trax on Wax, Smash!, Joe’s Record Paradise, Mikie Love’s Discount Vinyl Shanty & Turntable Emporium, The Book Thing, Krony’s Records @ Just Audio, Kabukiman’s Treasure Dojo, Retro Effex, Mystery Sound Recordings, Boops Records, Rasslin’ Records, Chick’s Records, Indoor Games Records, Dj Kenny Megan, Bernie, & many more. Entry is FREE so you can put that cash into vinyl 🙂



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5 Unique Restaurants in Baltimore You NEED To Try

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Food with as much personality as you!

@gutterutter shares a photo at The Papermoon Diner / unique restaurants in baltimore / WLOY

Photo via Instagram @gutterutter

Sometimes, we need to spice up our lives a bit. And what better way to do that than trying some new places to eat? Don’t be boring and go back to the same old, plain restaurants that just don’t seem to offer anything special. Try one of these 5 unique restaurants in Baltimore and find your new hidden gem in this city that’s exploding with culture and charm!

1. One of the MOST Unique Restaurants In Baltimore – The Papermoon Diner

The Papermoon Diner is my FAVORITE of these unique restaurants in Baltimore. Not only is the food unbeatable, with mouth watering carnivorous AND vegetarian/vegan options like crab quesadillas and vegan nachos, but the atmosphere is spectacularly eclectic and nostalgic. It’s located right by the Baltimore Museum of Art, but the real art is the restaurant, itself. Upon walking in you’ll feel like you just stepped into a real-life comic book, with weird trinkets and figurines, galore. It’s also a great date spot; you’ll have lots to discuss as you dine in your childhood heaven!

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Hampdenfest 2019

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 by The Professor

Another Year, Another Awesome Poster! School is starting, leaves are turning, we all flash back to our younger days in fond memories… ok, not that, but it IS time for the annual HAMPDENFEST party to take over the Hampden neighborhood just down the road from WLOY and the suddenly very full Loyola campus.

Check out the fantastic musical lineups on each stage, marvel at the cast iron stomachs in the various eating contests and DO NOT MISS the Toilet Races! Yes, really.

FREE Shuttles will run all day from Loyola to Hampden so you can go, wander around, stuff your face, laugh at the maniacal beauty of rolling toilets and jump around to a ton of great music. Best of all, you can do all that without a taxi, Uber, or Lyft and save that cash for the food and stuff!

3 stages of music all day, with a fantastic lineup on every one, make this a must attend event before you throw in all the other fun stuff. Check out great bands we’ve had on campus: Raindeer, PLRLS and (THIS WEEK!) F City among others. See you there 🙂



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Chant Down Baltimore 2019

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY, I Never Knew Radio, Friends of Carroll Park and more present a day of amazing FREE Reggae music on Saturday June 22, from 1-7pm. Opening the festivities will be local greats Soul Cannon.

With backing from The Statement Band featuring Derrick Barnett and Andy Bassford, the stage will be packed with talent all day. Joining us from New York is rising star Autarchii, and flying in from Jamaica we present Iba Mahr, Imeru Tafari, Chevaughn and Ryan Bailey.

The show is FREE but we ask that you bring a donation of canned goods or clothing to support Paul’s Place an amazing charity operation in the community.

Bring a picnic lunch and hang out all day. As a bonus the Mount Clare Museum House will be open for FREE tours in support of the festival – it’s normally $5/person so definitely take advantage of a family tour!



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After The Whistle: Loyola Men’s Soccer vs. Army

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Stefan Joyce

On Friday, November 10th, the top-seeded Loyola Greyhounds men’s soccer team faced off against fifth-seed Army West Point in the Patriot League Championships. Kyle Wenning and Stefan Joyce, hosts of the After the Whistle sports show on WLOY, were at Ridley Athletic Complex to provide some commentary on the game and get fan reactions during the action. Although the Greyhounds didn’t come away with the win, Kyle and Stefan still had a memorable time on a rainy Friday night cheering on the Hounds.

Don’t forget to tune into After the Whistle with Stefan, Kyle, and Austin on Mondays from 12-1 p.m and Fridays from 2-3 p.m!

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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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Charm City Night Market

Monday, September 17th, 2018 by The Professor

What: Charm City Night Market

Where: Historic Chinatown– 200 Park Ave

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m- 11:00pm

The Charm City Night Market, happening this Saturday, will be the first of hopefully many future Lunar Mid-Autumn Festivals that will be taking place in Baltimore, spanning from the Lexington Market to Park Avenue. Learn about the Chinese culture by listening to the music–not to mention, a WLOY favorite, Cecilia Grace will be performing on the main stage at 5:00pm. Take a moment to experience the art, whether that be in the form of jewelry or lanterns (maybe even buy a few things). And also make sure to take advantage of my favorite part of any culture, and taste as much of the food as your wallet allows. Take a sneak of what there is to offer by accessing their instagram @charmcitynightmarket.



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Explore Baltimore: Trevor Noah Comes to Town

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 by The Professor

What: Trevor Noah in Baltimore

Where: Hippodrome at Franc-Merrik Pac

When: November 4th at 7- 10pm (Unfortunately, the other date is sold out!)

The South African television, radio host and comedian, Trevor Noah, will be making an appearance in Baltimore! The host of The Daily Show will be doing stand-up comedy at the Hippodrome, and has already SOLD OUT one show, forcing them to book another date! SO YOU ARE IN LUCK! But hurry, the last show sold out in two days.

Trevor Noah has become one of the leading figures in modern pop culture and media. In his short time with The Daily Show, he has been able to accomplish so much in satirical political commentary– including getting a White House interview with Former President Barack Obama. He also finished the first quarter of 2017 with one of the highest rating The Daily Show has ever seen. If you can’t make at to his stand-up show, I encourage you to check out his work! He is a talented commentator, and performer.



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Explore Baltimore: Chesapeake Crab Festival

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival

Where: 300 Waterfront Street, National Harbor

When: August 19th, 11am-3pm & 5pm to 9pm

Sometimes being a little crabby is not such a bad thing, especially if you’re going to the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival. Come take part in the fourth annual Maryland festival. With your ticket you will be able to taste over 50 beers and wines and several spirits. Not to mention, there will be over 30,000 crabs that will be offered to you six different times over the four hours of the show: you can also buy other great food options ala carte (unfortunately, with little to no vegetarian options).

The event will take place rain or shine, and will consist of two sessions– one from 11am to 3pm and the other from 5pm to 9pm. In addition to live music, arts and crafts, and various family-friendly activities, there will be 5k run. This way you work off all the food you just consumed. Buy your tickets here or buy at the door for an elevated price.



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