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WLOY Co-Founds International Local Music Exchange

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by The Professor

Every college radio station wants to help their local music scene. We all do our best to engage it, bring it to our studios and campuses and even put bands on live for others to enjoy. But what we haven’t really had the power to do until now is share those bands with other stations. WLOY, KBVR and KCSU have joined forces with the College Radio Foundation to launch the International Local Music Exchange on October 2nd as a feature of World College Radio Day! As part of the kickoff, more than a dozen college stations around the world are producing and sharing 1 hour shows highlighting the best of their local music scenes. That means that you can hear great Baltimore artists on stations from Oregon to Sweden! World College Radio Day has more than 600 participating stations around the world and we hope to add all of them to the list of stations sharing their local scenes in the next few months.

Our goal is to turn this into a weekly show airing on stations globally as well as a podcast highlighting different cities every week. For our launch on October 2nd, all of the participating stations are able to download any of the shows created and run them in their broadcasts even if they did not initially produce one. This is about extending the reach of college radio and supporting local music on a global scale. Commercial media is extraordinarily limited and algorithm services lack human curation. Both of these mean a massive number of talented artists don’t get the attention and support they deserve. The International Local Music Exchange is about to change everything.



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Quarantine Takeover – High on Stress Part 2

Monday, September 21st, 2020 by The Professor

This week we share a second episode hosted by Nick Leet, lead singer of High on Stress a great Minneapolis rock band. You may recognize the name as they also did last week’s Quarantine Takeover show! They had so much fun they asked if they could keep going and do a second episode full of great Minneapolis rock. Who are we to say no to an excited band? So, strap in for the return of High on Stress this week Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. And, stay tuned because the next episode is taking us all the way to Australia with Liminal Drifter.



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Become a DJ In Your PJs!

Friday, September 18th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Are you experiencing screen fatigue? Do you listen to music to rest your eyes from online classes? Share your smashing songs from your Spotify playlist with others who feel the same way! WLOY Loyola Radio encourages you to become a DJ! Just like in our physical studio, when you do a show you don’t need to show your face! Show up in your PJs as a WLOY DJ!

Our station is flexible, just let us know when you are available!

Whether you want to do a one-time gig or host more frequently, we invite you to reach out to us!

Contact our General Manager Mackenzie Britt at MSBritt@loyola.edu for inquiries and details on how to get started today.



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Quarantine Takeover – High on Stress

Monday, September 14th, 2020 by The Professor

This week’s Quarantine Takeover show comes from the great music city of Minneapolis and the band High on Stress! High on Stress formed in Minneapolis in the summer of 2003 and have released five studio albums. Their latest album, “Hold Me In”, was released in 2020 in the middle of a hundred year pandemic because they like to do things the hard way. “Hold Me In” was inspired by friends, Slim Dunlap & Tommy Keene and the great bands of Twin Tone Records. The twelve song collection showcases singer/songwriter Nick Leet’s continuing growth as a writer of clever, melodic pop songs. At the same time, this is certainly a rock record, forged in the crucible of sweaty live shows, hazardous driving conditions and lodging in the bad part of the bad part of town. While “Hold Me In” reflects the sharper edge of the band as a live act, the songwriting retains the charm and poignancy that marked its predecessors.

HoS has opened for influences, Tommy Stinson (the Replacements / Guns n’ Roses), Tommy Keene, Rock n’ roll Hall of Famer, Jackson Browne, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk3), the Gear Daddies, Matthew Ryan and former Replacements guitarist, Slim Dunlap, even serving as Slim’s backing band on occasion.

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Quarantine Takeover – Franklin Gotham edition

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 by The Professor

This week’s Quarantine Takeover features the members of Viginia’s Franklin Gotham. It’s a bit of a wild ride, and we hope you can get a firm grip and hang on. They reach back to their pre-FG bands and history, throw in some road stories, a teeny bit of innuendo, and some great music. Did you know their members had played in Icewagon Flu (find them on Myspace) and Virginia Coalition (who played at Loyola in 2008)?

Franklin Gotham brings upbeat-melancholia pop back on the indie scene. Described as Wilco meets the Squeeze, listeners will also hear hints of Old 97s, REM and Death Cab for Cutie. They deliver honest & heartfelt compositions entwined with warm rhythms and almost southern-rock vocals. Introspective and reflective lyrics paired with acoustic guitar paint rich visuals for listeners. Simply explained: Catchy acoustic pop with heart-felt, booze-soaked lyrics. Franklin Gotham is the creative pairing of Kevin Adkins (Icewagon Flu) and Jarrett Nicolay (Virginia Coalition, Astra Via) and Christopher Speich (Nashville Sessions). The team offers both modern and rustic sounds through acoustic guitar rhythms, thoughtful lyrics and modern percussion.

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National Awards Finalist – Voices of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 by The Professor

This just in! Breaking News! Stop the presses! The amazing student production “Voices of COVID-19” has just been selected a finalist at the National Student Production Awards! This fantastic piece has made it through the (inter)national competition to be one of 4 finalists in the Best Special Broadcast category and we’ll find out October 30th at the awards ceremony who wins the top prize.
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Quarantine Takeover – Bobby & Doc Pine Return!

Sunday, August 30th, 2020 by The Professor

This week marks not only the return of Doc Pine & Bobby to the Quarantine Takeover show but the world premiere of 12yr old Bobby’s soon to be classic “The Bro Down”. Could it be the feelgood hit of the summer with young Calvin (probably not with Hobbes or Susie)? Doc Pine continues in his efforts to school Bobby on classic tunes and new Americana releases, possibly slipping in some of his own (many) bands’ works.

Doc Pine combines creepy old Appalachian music, off kilter honky-tonk, murder ballads, yodeling, heavy rock jingles, and junkyard blues stomps in the hope of one day getting invited to the Sadie Hawkins Dance. He claims his songs “have been filtered through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, which imparts a distinct smoothness to the music.” He has been cleared of all charges pertaining to a Louisiana bank heist in the summer of ‘09, although some investigations remain curiously incomplete. Find Doc Pine & The Respect He Deserves on Facebook or their website.



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I Never Knew Radio – Julian Marley Interview

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 by The Professor

A special treat this week on I Never Knew Radio! Junior taps the Marley family in a reasoning with Julian Marley, son of the great Bob Marley. They discuss Julian’s many different projects, family projects such as Ghetto Youth International, CBD vs herb and his loss of his child. Tune in for the selected reasonings in this week’s show 9-11am Sunday, 8-10am Wednesday and 10a-Noon on Thursday. The full reasoning will be in the INK Interview Archives soon…

Julian Marley, son of the iconic Bob Marley is a world renowned Grammy-nominated reggae artist and devoted Rastafarian. Julian conveys his message of legalization, freedom, and love through his music, and the JuJu Royal brand.



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Retro Rockin Roadshow – Best of the Summer

Thursday, August 27th, 2020 by The Professor

Did you tune in to the the Retro Rockin Roadshow Last Friday? If you did I hope you enjoyed the theme of One Hit Wonders. Make sure to tune in to WLOY and the Retro Rockin Road every Friday beginning at 7pm and every Monday at 10am. NOW WITH 10% MORE VINYL!!! (editor: We know it’s got more because Eddie has spent the whole summer alphabetizing the 12,000 LPs in our library!)

This Weeks Theme: A Retro Rockin Summer Rewind wherein Eddie taps tracks from his various summer shows and a few that didn’t make the original edits.

Featured Artists: Frank Sinatra, The Duprees, The Beatles, The Monkees, Elton John, and ABBA

Do you Have suggestion or recommendation for my show? Would you like to request a song or a specific theme? Please email your request to wloy@loyola.edu you can also DM your request through our social media WLOY Loyola Radio



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Quarantine Takeover – Red Sammy

Monday, August 24th, 2020 by The Professor

This week we hand over the keys to Baltimore band Red Sammy! Listen in at 7pm Tuesday and Thursday to take a wander through the minds of Adam Trice and Bruce Elliot from Red Sammy and hear from their new album releasing next week.

Adam Trice is an American writer, singer, and songwriter from Baltimore, MD. In 2007, he began performing in solo and duo ensembles under the name Red Sammy. His unique songwriting style blends rock, folk, country, and blues with thoughtful, and often, deeply emotional words that highlight a poetic sensibility. The name, Red Sammy, is taken from a minor character, Red Sammy Butts, in American southern gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” (1955). Notable songwriters and writers of inspiration include: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Frank Black/The Pixies, Raymond Carver, W.C. Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, and many others.

Bruce Elliott is a Baltimore native with a life-long passion for music. He reluctantly put his musical ambitions on hold after college, choosing instead to pursue a career in science and technology. Once he had established himself as a responsible tax-paying adult, however, he made good on a promise to himself to return to his pursuit of playing the guitar in a band. He began by playing open-mic jams and then over the years played in several local bands including The Wharf Rats, To Big To Fail, and Retro Deluxe, as well as various lineups with veteran of the local music scene, Georgie Jessup. His current on-going effort is with the Red Sammy band, with whom he has played since 2014, contributing to three CDs. His playing style reflects influences of J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, and many others.

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