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Summer Happenings at WLOY (part 1)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by The Professor

There is a lot going on this summer at WLOY. We kicked it off with an amazing Honfest experience (despite the rain) that drew big crowds to our stage and connected great bands with new audiences. While preparing for that we had boxes upon boxes of new stuff arriving. Why? We can’t show you everything but WLOY is going DIGITAL. All of our studios are being upgraded to networked digital audio systems, just like all the top stations in the world use now. We’ll be able to do all sorts of cool new stuff, including more podcasts, remote broadcasts and live band events. We are also building a new live room for all those bands that keep trying to fit in our small studios to perform. More teasers to follow on that front! For now, just check out the resourcefulness of our GM Tara. When confronted with so many boxes she couldn’t use a desk, she turned them into her own private office! Stay tuned to see just what we’re going to take out of all those boxes!



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What Happens Next? New Episode

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by The Professor

While it may be summer time, we still squeeze an occasional episode of our award-winning kids show into the mix. Katie worked with some of our usual crew to create new episodes (posted in our full page list) and Tara is working on completing a cool new summer workbook with a call-in feature for kids!

This week’s episode is “A Greener Playground” in which Harley notices that her school playground is ridiculously littered. Gabrielle, Sydney, and kids from Govans elementary tell us what she decides to do about it.

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Check back for new episode posts, listen in on Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm to hear them first, and dig through our recent show archives to hear past episodes of What Happens Next?



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Honfest 2018 – WLOY Stage

Friday, May 25th, 2018 by Tara Howell

I can’t believe it’s June already – and you know what that means, Honfest! Grab your hairspray, throw on your feather boa, and practice your best Bawlmerese accent to get ready. WLOY is excited to celebrate the 25th year of Honfest with the WLOY Stage again this year. Honfest is Saturday, June 9th, and Sunday, June 10th, 2018, and WLOY will be there all weekend! WLOY is proud to host the WLOY stage and is bringing a great lineup stacked full of local and some of the station’s favorite artists and bands. The WLOY stage will be located on 36th street at the Chestnut street intersection (right across from The Charmery).

This is quite possibly our most diverse lineup yet, so there is something for everyone. We are so excited for this year’s line up, and we hope you are too! See you there!

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Maria Dontas @ Coffeehouse 4/26

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Come see Maria Dontas on Thursday April 26 from 8-10pm in Starbucks! Dontas is a Loyola Alumni as well as a WLOY Alumni.

She and former band (now Surf Harp) opened for Jack’s Mannequin at Loyolapalooza 2012!

She also fronted Cash Cash in their live performance on VH-1. It’s sure to be an awesome show—can’t wait to see you all there!



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The Great Heights Band @ Coffeehouse 4/19

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Claire Riley

Don’t have plans this Thursday night? Come see the Great Heights Band with special guest Matt Talley (https://www.matttalleymusic.com) from 8-10 pm in Starbucks! They are a rad-pop/rock band from right here in the Baltimore/DC area. They have released a couple albums in the past few years including “Weird Thoughts” in 2014 and “Songs in Eastern Standard Timing” in 2015. They will be releasing their new album “rad-pop” on Friday April 20, the day after they play at Loyola. We are hoping they will give us a sneak preview of the new album! So, if you haven’t made any plans for this Thursday night, stop Starbucks, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Great Heights Band!



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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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Battle of the Bands 4/5 McGuire Hall

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

IT IS ON! Who will win the 2018 Battle of the Bands and open for Sean Paul at Loyolapalooza 2018?? 4 professional industry members will judge but YOU get to be a judge too. Join us in McGuire Hall 8-10pm (doors at 7:30) and cast your vote for the best band. This year the 4 bands competing are Wilmah, The Average, Juniper and Clash Carton. Your reaction and support can sway the judges and your vote will help break a tie. The Battle is back to it’s full glory with a raised stage, lights and PA filling all of McGuire Hall. Join us, win free stuff, have a great time supporting your favorite student band, and help pick the opening act for Loyolapalooza 2018!



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Caleb Stine @ Coffeehouse 3/15

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 by Emma Hagelin

Baltimore’s own, Caleb Stine, is an amazing folk singer-songwriter, and we could not be more excited to have him perform at our coffeehouse event this Thursday (3/15). Stine has not only released over ten albums, but has scored movies and film. He was even a subject for the film, “It Would Not Let Me Be”. His latest film score debuted at SXSW this week and WLOY plans to bring the film to campus in the fall. Caleb is adept as a solo performer or band leader and has so many local musicians in his circle you never know who might join him at a performance! With a new album coming in May you can also expect to hear something fresh this week!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us!



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Enter Battle of the Bands or Songwriter Skirmish!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by Tara Howell

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, or the Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts (rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers), while Battle of the Bands is for bands of 3 or more. Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Thursday 3/22 from 8-10pm at Starbucks. Battle of the Bands will take place on Thursday 4/5 in McGuire Hall. The winner of Songwriter Skirmish will be the first act of Loyolapalooza, and the Battle of the Bands winner will open for the national headliner. Loyolapalooza is Sunday 4/29.

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students or alumni. Bands entering for Battle of the Bands must be able to perform a 15-20 minute set of original songs to compete. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) or Battle of the Bands (4/5), and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/29.

Think you have what it takes? Enter below! Submissions for Songwriter Skirmish are due 3/19 by 11:59 pm and submissions for Battle of the Bands are due 3/22 by 11:59 pm.

Fill out the online form.


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Open Mic Night 3/1

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us for our last Open Mic Night before Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish! This is your last chance to get in some extra performance time and get psyched up to compete for a spot at Loyolapalooza!

The winners of Battle of the Bands (4/5) and Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) will get to perform on stage at Loyolapalooza, opening for a day of major artists. Share your talents with your friends at Starbucks this week and submit your name for the competitions. Know a band? Got a friend that just needs a push? Tell them to join us this Thursday night for a shot at stardom 🙂



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