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Album of the Week: Waltzer – “Time Traveler”

Friday, February 26th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Waltzer – “Time Traveler”

Released: January 29th, 2021

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: Woes, Burr Oak, Spacebones, Ohmme, Falcon Jane, Anna B Savage

Chicago musician Sophie Sputnik has released her debut album as Waltzer, Time Traveler. This album combines influences of punk, garage rock, and doo-wop to create a noisy, emotional, and energetic listening experience in just eight diverse tracks.

Waltzer shares her struggles with ADD, comparing her attention span to a swinging lantern in one of the most unsettling tracks, “Lantern.” She sings, “I read all the books only halfway through, my attention span is a swinging lantern.” “I Don’t Wanna Die” is perhaps the most cynical track on the album but is undeniably the catchiest as it blends hard garage rock with a 1950’s pop twist. Overall, Time Traveler is a unique album that shows off the versatility and potential for more good music by Waltzer.



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They’re Baaaack! COVID hibernation ends!

Thursday, February 25th, 2021 by The Professor

Yes, finally we are able to have our fine DJs returning to the station and doing their shows again! Not all of them will be exactly as before due to limitations on in-person numbers but we’re making it work!

In addition to the shows already back and running such as Retro Eddie’s Retro Rocking Roadshow (Mondays 10am-Noon, Fridays 7-9pm) check out the most recent round of DJs to return to the station:

After The Whistle (with the Talking Sports Trio) Mondays & Fridays 1-2pm
The Flood Watch (with Ryan Flood) Fridays 4-6pm
The Sequence (with Nicole Destefanis) Thursdays 8-9pm

And more, coming very soon!



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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 3

Monday, February 22nd, 2021 by The Professor

This week’s new WHat Happens Net? story prompt is here!

Hidden in the Well: Story prompt 3

Nicki and Mia like to play outside together by their old neighbor Grovers abandoned farm. They love to climb on the old wagons and play hide and seek by the horse barn and water well. Usually their parents didn’t want them playing around that area because it is not safe. On this day Mia brought her dog along so they could play fetch. While playing with Mia’s dog Nicki tossed the stick really far and it landed in the well. They ran over because it made a really loud sound. Mia flashed her light into the well and saw…

What Happens Next?



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Combat Rock – Share Your Performance – WIN BIG

Sunday, February 21st, 2021 by The Professor

With COVID taking away a lot of our concert fun, we’ve decided to push ahead with combining Battle of the Bands, Songwriter Skirmish and DJ Spinoff to make an online contest instead. Welcome to Combat Rock in which you, the artist, can share your original musical performance with WLOY’s audience and potentially win free studio time!

Fill out my online form.



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Skribe Interview

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Check out our latest interview with local multi-instrumentalist Skribe now! Aly Martinez, our Music Director, conducted the insightful interview. She notes:

“I had the pleasure of interviewing Skribe! We had a great conversation about music and overall life. He told me about the fun things about being a musician and making music with uncommon instruments! We also talked about how the pandemic has affected life and music. He even gave us some insight on his new song that is being released very soon! Check it out!”

Instagram: @Skribemusic
Facebook: /garagefolks
Bandcamp: skribe
YouTube: Skribestudios
Spotify: Skribe
Website: skribestudios.com

Video for the new track “Wide Awake” mentioned in Interview



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Madeline Rosene Interview

Thursday, February 4th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

WLOY is so excited to release our newest interview with Madeline Rosene, a creative and singer! Hang out with our music director, Aly Martinez, and Madeline Rosene, who lays out all that she experienced throughout her songwriting journey as a singer (and as a stylist!) Listen in to Madeline’s tips, inspiration, and methods that have led her to the creation of her newest, thought-provoking album “Raised on Porn,” which tackles many important topics that push listeners to go beyond the surface-level.

WLOY Zoom interview with Madeline Rosene

And don’t forget to connect with Madeline on all social media platforms below:

Instagram:@madelinerosene
Twitter:@Madeline_Rosene
YouTube: Madeline Rosene
Spotify:Madeline Rosene
Website: madelinerosene.com



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Kyle McNeill Interview

Friday, January 8th, 2021 by The Professor

Los Angeles-based artist Kyle McNeill hung out with Music Director Aly Martinez to chat about his latest album “New Prescription” via Zoom. It was a fun interview with the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the bonus that for no apparent reason he brought along some chickens. WLOY brings you the best of barnyards… 🙂 Check it out!

WLOY Zoom interview with Kyle McNeill

Instagram: @kylemcneill_music
Facebook: /kylemcneillmusic
YouTube: Kyle McNeill Music
Spotify: Kyle McNeill



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Christmas 2020 Special Programming

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 by The Professor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To help you celebrate, our amazing DJs and staff have put together incredible Christmas show specials – including Nick Centanni’s annual Moldie Oldie Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials, NEW 2020 specials from The Volcano Chronicles, Retro Rockin Road Show, Quarantine Takeover, and vintage specials from 6 alumni, Crucial Cuts and Radio RockOnTour! Christmas music and special shows start at NOON on Christmas Eve, just in time to start your festivities and while you do your last minute wrapping, and will play all through Christmas Day until midnight, to be the soundtrack for all of the day’s gatherings and celebrations.
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Become a DJ In Your PJs!

Friday, December 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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Song of the Week: Alice Ivy – “In My Mind”

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Aly Martinez

Our WLOY Music Director, Aly, has a new recommendation for you while you study for finals!

“Especially with finals coming up it is important to have some chill and fun music to listen to. If that is what you are looking for this song is perfect for your playlist. It has that fun electronic sound, but it flows in a very mellow way which brings a nice contrast and is definitely unique. Definitely check it out!”

Tune in to WLOY Radio for relaxing yet energizing study music. And remember: we here at WLOY are rooting for you and wish you good luck!



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