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Vinylthon 2020 – Side 2

Friday, June 19th, 2020 by The Professor

It’s VINYLTHON 2020! Originally scheduled for April 18, but rescheduled (along with Record Store Day) to June 20 but WE DON’T CARE! We are doing TWO days of Vinylthon instead of one. It’s just how we roll… Tune in all day Saturday June 20 for shows that are 100% spun from vinyl starting at 1am and running through midnight! You’ll hear current DJ shows as well as alumni shows in one and two hour formats. WLOY has received a golden slipmat every year for doing at least 12 hours of all vinyl and this year even though we’re not making the usual full 24 we’re still running 18 hours of all vinyl shows! Stupid COVID-19 is keeping the studios closed but we have remote shows being sent in and we’re spinning vinyl wherever we can!

What is Vinylthon you ask? Read the press release below and find out more: (more…)



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Quarantine Takeover Show – Surf Harp

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 by The Professor

photo: Micah E. Wood

This week we feature our first International Quarantine Takeover show! Local artists Surf Harp are currently globally divided with Jeff still in Japan but they made it work. With some magical technology, you can hear them all together although Jeff Koplovitz is in Japan, and Phil Bolton and Chris Sweeney are in Baltimore. Surf Harp is a great local band that also has some roots in WLOY (it’s possible some of them were DJs…) and a band that won Battle of the Bands under a slightly different lineup and sound.

What is Surf Harp? Art rock. Kraut pop. Smooth vibes. 5 piece Baltimore band with latest full length, “MR. BIG PICTURE”, out now on Friends Records. Currently operating in Baltimore and Osaka in preparation for LP3. Featured on Bandcamp Daily, Medium, Tiny Mix Tapes, etc.

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Quarantine Takeover Show – Bray

Monday, June 8th, 2020 by The Professor

This week’s Quarantine Takeover Show comes from California! Listen in as Bray spins a mix of his favorites and influences leading into his own tracks. Bray is a singer, songwriter and performer with a unique spin on alt pop rock. Catchy Bowie-esque hooks and driving Foo/Arctic guitar grooves, topped with quirky sardonic lyrics. The touring trio, Bray and the Dens, have toured in 10 countries, had songs placed in 11 national TV shows, and have music videos with more than 4 million views.

Check out the new album Stingray which just dropped!

instagram.com/braymusic17
facebook.com/braymusic
youtube.com/braymusicvideos
sptfy.com/bray
patreon.com/bray

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#Blackouttuesday

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 by The Professor

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Keznamdi Interview – INK

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 by The Professor

This week on I Never Knew Radio our host Junior sits down for a reasoning interview with the talented Keznamdi.

Coming from an incredibly gifted family, Keznamdi is the son to Dr. Kerida ‘Goldilocks’ McDonald a Rastafari Harvard graduate and reggae artist who has worked with UNICEF for over 20 years. Keznamdi is also the brother of reggae singer Kelissa, Miss Jamaica finalist Kamila, naturopathic doctor Kamani, and UN International school graduate Kadiya.

In this interview Keznamdi speaks about growing up in musical and intellectual household, leaving college to pursue music, and creating his new album ‘Bloodline’



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Imeru Tafari Interview – INK

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 by The Professor

I Never Knew Radio host Junior had the fortunate experience of interviewing Imeru Tafari this week. Some of us were also lucky to have the pleasure of seeing Imeru join us on the stage for Chant Down Baltimore 2019! Imeru Tafari is an inspiring reggae artist who comes from a rich musical bloodline, being the son of reggae superstar Queen Ifrica and grandson of reggae legend Derrick Morgan.

In this interview Imeru Tafari speaks about overcoming stage fright, lessons learned from Queen Ifrica, and provides a story behind his hit song ‘Only Light’.



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Quarantine Takeover Show – B. Newb

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 by The Professor

Up next on the Quarantine Takeover Show roster (Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm) is a 27 year old MC out of Baltimore, MD. He might also be a 2015 WLOY graduate and past winner of our Battle of the Bands. He draws influences from his own experiences as well as his friends’ to create music that focuses on storytelling. Inspired by Kid Cudi, Andre 3000, and Childish Gambino.

His motto: Just be yourself. Did we mention the banana costume? That’s a story for another day… Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the artist we know as Brandon, and you know as B. Newb!

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WLOY Goes Up A Volt

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 by The Professor

It’s not every day that the station can afford to make a big audio chain upgrade. Today’s the day! Going live today we have a brand new Omnia Volt HD in the station. It’s kind of a big deal for us to join the commercial radio world and install a higher end audio processor. It’s almost like we’re taking ourselves seriously. OK, maybe not.

But we really hope you like the new sound – fuller, cleaner, louder and maybe just a hint of cardamom. Let us know what you think of the new sound and listen in as we dial up some more custom tweaks and just keep sounding better. Audio processing can make a huge difference in the WLOY sound and we really would like your feedback (sorry… bad audio pun – ouch double pun!) on how we sound with the new Volt in place. Leave a comment or hit us up on social media.



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Quarantine Takeover Show – Matt Muirhead

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 by The Professor

This week we bring in local artist, instrument maker and musician Matt Muirhead. When asked for a bio, he presented this: “Matt Muirhead is a lover of Baltimore, a lover of cats and a painter of both.” It doesn’t mention his making of kalimbas, pairing with McKenzie to form the band Canopy, which opened our Honfest stage several times, his crankies and many other tidbits. You can listen to his previous Studio Seizure episode to learn more. In this Quarantine Takeover Matt is wandering back to the 1980s and exploring Japanese ambient music because he can. Tune in Tuesday at 7pm and enjoy!

You can find Matt and some of his creations on Instagram @mattmuirheadartist @bmorepuppets @muirheadmusic or on his website www.mattmuirhead.co (more…)



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Quarantine Takeover Show – Breakforth

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 by The Professor

This week’s Quarantine Takeover show is hosted by bassist, lead singer and former WLOY DJ Matt Weitzel! Breakforth is a Hard Rock/Post Grunge band with Heavy Metal influences from Baltimore, Maryland. Driving the heart of Breakforth is the chest thumping, gut busting, drum work of Seth Champness Smith. This is complimented by the catchy, yet hard hitting, and unapologetic guitars of Paul Gambichler. Rounding out Breakforth is the rock solid bass grooves and powerful, melodic vocals of Matt Weitzel. The most important thing to us is the music. Our never ending goal is to Breakforth from the norm and bring to the table music that moves people physically and emotionally and lyrics that can inspire others just as our heroes have inspired us. So prepare to jam with one of the hardest rocking bands in the Baltimore music scene. Matt’s going heavy with the show as you can guess, but he’s a pro – currently working at a hard rock FM station here in town that you can find between 97-99 on the dial 🙂 What’s he going to play you ask? That seems like a spoiler so you’ll have to click to see more if you want. Better yet, listen in to find out why he picked these tracks and what’s up with the band! (more…)



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