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Vinylthon 2021 is here!

Thursday, April 15th, 2021 by The Professor

It’s time to celebrate what you can do with some metal presses and 180gm of vinyl. VINYLTHON is here for 2021! We’re celebrating Record Store Day a little early since most colleges are closed in June… with the bonus of 24 hours of nothing but vinyl on the air at WLOY*.

All our friends, community members, alumni and DJs have been putting together shows for you from Ambient to Zydeco, all spun on real records. We’re joining hundreds of other stations around the world and (for the 5th year in a row) earning our Golden Slipmat Award for participating. Last year (thanks COVID) we actually had 2 Vinylthons and we did 24hrs twice! This year we’ve only got one day of all vinyl (so far) but its a good one. Tune in and check out the shows. Note that because of COVID restrictions we are pre-recording our shows to limit in-studio exposure but they’re all being played on vinyl, clicks and all, we promise!

The Spins
Vinyl Spin Sessions w/Paul Random 12am-1am
Vinylthon 2021 Special Show 1am-2am
Classic Rocking Claire Show 2am-3am
Cars, Surf and Guitars 3am-4am
Jon C. Vintage Vinyl Finds 4am-6am
Moldie Oldies Vinyl Hour 6am-7am
Retro Rockin’ (Vinyl) Road Show 7am-9am
Steve Celebrates Friends 1Records 9am-10am
Queen Marge’s Vinyl Exploration 10am-12pm
Retro Eddies 45s Show 12pm-1pm
Xander’s Mighty Soul Party 1pm-2pm
Hip-Hop Revisited with Saleem 2pm-4pm*
Crucial Cuts: Side A 4pm-6pm
Tara’s Double Shot of Vinyl 6pm-8pm
Retro Eddie’s Vinyl Special 8pm-9pm
A College Try Vinyl Hour 9pm-10pm
Crucial Cuts: Side B 10pm-12am
Sunday Skips
Tara’s Vinyl Hour 12am-1am
Crucial Cuts: A New Hope 1am-3am


* Saleems show is not all vinyl this week due to the untimely passing of DMX, it is a celebration of the life and music of DMX instead. We added 2 hours of vinyl shows on at the end of the night to make sure we still hit 24 hours so we could earn our Golden Slipmat for real.



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Quarantine Takeover – Modern Nomad

Monday, March 15th, 2021 by The Professor

Tom from Modern Nomad The pandemic isn’t gone and neither is the Quarantine Takeover! This week the QT returns with local artist Modern Nomad revealing his influences, showing off some friends and dropping a world premiere of a track from his new project!

Modern Nomad is best described as an amazing blend of dream pop, 60s psych, 70s pop and more sound. You’ll hear the Beatles, Flaming Lips and more in their songs but find out yourself this week tune in 7pm Tuesday & Thursday to catch Modern Nomad on the WLOY Quarantine Takeover!

Don’t forget to look for “Can’t Explain It” releasing on March 19th too!

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Album of the Week: Arctic Monkeys – Live at The Royal Albert Hall

Thursday, March 11th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: December 4th, 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: The Kooks, Alexandra Savior, Blossoms, The Strokes, Cage the Elephant, The Wombats

The British rock group Arctic Monkeys has released their very first live album, Live at The Royal Albert Hall. This album features songs performed during their tour following the release of their previous album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in 2018. While this compilation of their greatest hits performed live are surely recognizable by any Arctic Monkey fan, each one brings a new raw energy that can only be captured live.

The sixth track, “505,” begins with a slow self-reflective introduction driven by only the drone of an eerie organ, and then completely changes mood halfway with the lyrics, “I crumble completely when you cry,” featuring heavy drumming and guitar riffs. The ninth track “Cornerstone,” lead singer Alex Turner reflects on his experience with unrequited love and constantly mistaking other people for his crush—even asking if he could call them by her name. Check out Arctic Monkey’s Live at The Royal Albert Hall, available everywhere now!



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Album of the Week: Fleece – “Fleece EP”

Monday, March 1st, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Babe Rainbow, Post Animal, Paul Cherry, Gold Celeste, Post Animal, Sugar Candy Mountain

Canadian psychedelic indie rock band Fleece has released four happily laid-back songs in their newest EP titled Fleece. While the band formed in 2014, it was not until 2017 that they gained a large following after posting a parody YouTube video which gained over 7 million views titled, “How to Write and Alt-J Song”. Since their formation in 2014, Fleece has released three albums and even went on a North American music tour in 2017.

Despite its release in the dead of winter, Fleece EP is reminiscent of the warm summertime. Each one of the four tracks sounds like a trip to the beach, particularly in the third track “So Long” which is carried by a warm and uplifting guitar riff throughout the song. “Do U Mind (Leave the Light On)” showcases Fleece’s more psychedelic side of their musicianship with their dreamy, almost unintelligible lyrics and groovy instrumentals. Go check out Fleece EP now!



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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 and Songwriter Skirmish 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! Entries are due by midnight Eastern Time on Sunday March 21st. Prizes donated by the awesome Stages Music and Arts include 2 hours of recording studio time for each winner in the Skirmish category (Acoustic or Electric categories for solo or duo acts) and 4 hours of recording studio time for the winner from Battle of the Bands (trio or more group). Fill out the form below and get your entry in ASAP! You can also come to our virtual open mic night March 19th 7-9pm to join us.

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED – STAY TUNED TO WATCH AND VOTE!!



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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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