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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 πŸ™‚ 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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Senior Stories – Share Yours

Sunday, May 10th, 2020 by The Professor

Seniors please share your stories! WLOY is gathering senior stories to play and share with the whole community. Your fellow seniors Stefan Joyce and James Fallon are making remote audio recordings of as many classmates as they can reach. Please reach out to them as soon as you can to make a recording of your own – they can use a lot of different methods based on whatever is convenient for you. Share your memories of Loyola, shout-outs to classmates, tips for quarantine, favorite teachers or classes, great adventures or experiences, study abroad, etc… You’ve been through a remarkable experience this year and we know it’s been incredibly hard to not have a big in-person event to send you off into the world, so we’re hoping that this might give you a chance to share your unique perspective with everyone. It won’t take more than 10-15 minutes and we will collect them for airplay and sharing via WLOY’s social media and website. You can email Stefan spjoyce@loyola.edu or James directly jwfallon@loyola.edu to set up your chat time. We’d love to hear and share your stories! Thanks and stay safe everyone!

You can listen to shows you may have missed on our broadcasts in the Senior Stories Archive.



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Stay Home For Them – Video PSA

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 by The Professor

Check out this great video piece that our Program Director Kelley Chan made for class. It’s too good to not share it with everyone πŸ™‚



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I Never Knew Host in the Jamaica Observer

Friday, May 8th, 2020 by The Professor

I Never Knew Radio host and I Never Knew TV host Linton “Junior” Hinds (’06) found himself featured in the Jamaica Observer for his documentary story on roots tonics in Jamaica. In addition to hosting his weekly radio show here on WLOY, Junior has a massive catalog of videos on the history of Rastafarianism, African Diaspora, Reggae and Jamaican culture all housed on his YouTube channel. With more than 10 million views, it’s easy to understand why The Observer picked up on his work. More and more people are finding and sharing his important stories and interviews with artists, philosophers, medical professionals and more. Do yourself a favor and check out both the radio show (every Sunday 9-11am) and the YouTube channel. We know you’ll find yourself saying “I Never Knew…” more than once!



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Quarantine Takeover Show – Lockemy

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 by The Professor

Welcome to the first of our new series of Quarantine Takeover shows! We were inspired by our semi-regular Studio Seizure shows on Monday nights combined with the magic of quarantined lockdown to create something new. While the Studio Seizure normally has an artist or band coming into the station and being interviewed while they select all the music for an hour, it just isn’t practical in a time of social distancing and campus closures. So… we decided to let the artists REALLY take over and send us a complete 1 hour show with their influences, favorite bands, musicians you really should hear and (as a bonus) some of their own music and inspirations. We asked around and we have a lot of great local artists building shows for us now and we may just keep this going long after lockdown is lifted in 2028, or whenever. So, without further ado… our first Quarantine Takeover show will be airing Tuesday at 7pm presented by Lockemy and featuring:

Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing – Atlantic Records
Silverchair – Point of View – Sony Music
Lockemy – In One Place – Self
Incubus – Dig – Island
Depeche Mode – Precious – A Whole Bunch
Andrew Belle – Dark Matter – Collide
Lockemy – The Fog – Self
Seal – Colour – ZTT Records
Beck – Heart is a Drum – Geffen
Lockemy – Little Things – Self
Mutemath – Equals – Warner Brothers
Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter – Fueled By Ramen
Lockemy – Just Maybe – Self

Lockemy has a smart social media mind and keeps it simple so whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok or Twitter you just search for Lockemyofficial and you’ll find him!

If you missed it, the show is in our archives!



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Voices of COVID-19 Student Project

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 by The Professor

Students in Professor Glick’s Radio Storytelling class started this semester with the plan to create a series of pieces focusing on different voices of Loyola and then a series of community voices. Then… things changed…a lot. When faced with the rapid changes and working from home, Professor Glick reoriented the class to tell their stories from where they were. So while we still have voices of Loyola, they are now voices from around the country and community. Listen in as the students report on healthcare providers, businesses, shopping, graduation and much more. Huge kudos to the students and Professor Glick from turning chaos into a fantastic set of voices and reports from around the country.

Anchors: Alex Mitsopoulos (’22) & Julianna Capuano (’22)
Executive Producers: Ryan Whitley (’21) & Bridgett Ballard (’20)
Reporters: Justin Strott (’21), Caroline Suozzi (’22), Emma Toomey (’21), Gabriella Pirisino (’21), Dominika Ortonowski (’20), Caroline Pierno (’20), Madeline Buscone (’21), Rachel Hoos (’22), Diana Jasany (’22)



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