Tourism Tuesday: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

June 28th, 2011 by Alex Fili

Step back in time as you walk through the doors of the house where our country’s Star-Spangled Banner was sewn. Experience first-hand what it was like to live in the 19th century by touring Mary Pickersgill’s residence and place of business.

Although any day is perfect for a historical adventure, if you choose to tour the house on a Saturday you will be joined by living history interpreters, including Mary Pickersgill and her African American apprentice, Grace Wisher. So head on over to this National landmark for an entertaining and educational afternoon without putting a dent in your wallet.
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Three Monkees in a Corral

June 26th, 2011 by The Professor

Dolenz, Tork & Jones 45th Anniversary Reunion Tour is a stunning stage rebirth

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

The Monkees as a faux musical unit were initially a television creation for a Saturday morning viewing audience, singing hits crafted by top pop composers. As their popularity skyrocketed, the individual Monkees endeavored to record their own original music as a band. Whether you were a Monkees fan or not, one must respect the fact that they strove to establish a genuine musical identity for themselves.

The Monkees first regrouped as a trio sans Michael Nesmith for their 20th Anniversary and conducted a successful 1986 reunion tour that stretched from Summer into Fall. To commemorate their 30th Anniversary, Nesmith rejoined the fold and produced their only studio reunion album Justus in 1996. The full quartet toured England together in Winter 1997. The trio last toured for their 35th Anniversary in Spring 2001.

The terrific trio are now back on the road to mark their 45th Anniversary and simply put – Wow! The Monkees delivered an incredible performance at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. The intimate outdoor venue is nestled in between the playing fields of two major sport stadiums just along the riverbank. The cool evening weather was picture perfect to enjoy an extended live repertoire of classic Monkees material.

Credit for The Monkees reunion rebirth rests with their Tour Director who rearranged their live stage production to rock with an audible edge rather than rehash their sound as saccharine pop confectionery served up for the masses. This enhanced Monkees stage production was embellished by an eight member musical touring entourage that enriched the individual performances.

The sheer number of numbers the trio played was impressive itself. Dolenz, Jones and Tork each took turns alone and together singing their signature hits as well as mixing choice album tracks with several unexpected rare tracks for added measure. A diehardcore Monkees fan could not have asked for more than what the band knocked out under a blanket of sparkling stars in Pittsburgh.

Bassist Peter Tork participated in an expanded musical role on this overwhelmingly enjoyable tour. Peter sang lead vocals on a total of six songs from an exciting setlist of 37 titles. A good deal of unanticipated album tracks were pleasantly dusted off for inclusion and welcomed by an appreciative audience. The individual musicianship of The Monkees was demonstrated throughout the evening by the differing instruments each played on stage.

A magnificent montage of Monkees excerpts spliced from the television series accompanied the stage performances as background visuals. Dolenz, Jones and Tork each shared comments with the Pittsburgh natives recalling their experiences as a Monkee. Micky mentioned his 1955 appearance with an elephant at nearby Kennywood Park. Their humorous stage banter was an amusing and popular means of interacting with their loyal fans.

Without question, The Monkees reunion romp has to be one of the best tours going during the Summer of 2011. The gents were entirely entertaining and gave the crowd beyond what they bargained for as an overall presentation. Davy, Micky & Peter are solid entertainers and together, they prove themselves to be a powerful team. Hey! Hey! They are The Monkees.

The Monkees Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 22, 2011 setlist: Here They Come Again [ensemble intro] * I’m A Believer * Mary, Mary * Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) * The Girl I Knew Somewhere * When Loves Comes Knocking At Your Door * Randy Scouse Git * Valleri * Papa Jean’s Blues * Saturday’s Child * I Wanna Be Free * That Was Then, This Is Now * I Don’t Think You Know Me At All * All Of Your Toys * Hangin’ Round * She Hangs Out * Sometime In The Morning * Someday Man * Can You Dig It * As We Go Along * Didn’t I * Porpoise Song (Theme from Head) * When I Grow Up To Be A Man * For Pete’s Sake * Cuddly Toy * Words * She * Shades Of Gray * Goin’ Down * It’s Nice To Be With You * Auntie Grezelda * Last Train To Clarksville * A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You * (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone * Daydream Believer * Encore: Listen To The Band * Pleasant Valley Sunday * I’m A Believer

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Wacky Wednesday: Atomic Books

June 22nd, 2011 by Alex Fili

From bizarre comic books to quirky, independent magazines, Atomic Books has a variety of odd literary finds lining the shelves of their small shop. This store is exactly what you’d expect from Hampden: unique, outlandish, and downright funny.

Since its merge with its sister store, Atomic Pop, the store now sells novelty goods including the ever-hilarious Iggy Pop action figure. Atomic Books also has a monthly book club open to anyone interested. Words simply cannot describe the true wackiness of this store; the only way to find out is to go see the place for yourself!
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WLOY Welcomes the Middle Grades Partnership

June 18th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

Middle Grades PartnershipThis week, WLOY welcomed the Middle Grades Partnership as we showed 9th grade students the basics of station operations.  The students spend 2 days at the station, learning about signal pathways, broadcasting, reading news on the air and finally creating their own feature stories.  Students write and then record their own feature stories over 2 days.  You can listen to the finished product below:

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Musical Mavens on the Go

June 16th, 2011 by The Professor

The Go-Go’s parade on stage with a catalogue jam

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

The Go-Go’s looked like goners in 2010. Their scheduled Farewell Tour was entirely postponed after Jane Wiedlin injured her leg while hiking a year ago. It’s therefore fitting that God blessed The Go-Go’s in 2011, marking the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Beauty And The Beat. The unanticipated calendar upgrade generated an advantageous twist of fortune after all.

Even though the lovely lassies have developed their own distinct personalities as musicians outgrowing their group association, vocalist Belinda Carlisle, guitarist Charlotte Chaffey, guitarist Jane Wiedlin, bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock still produce that collective magic to effectively entertain their loyal audiences.

The Go-Go’s brought their beauty & beat to the Feline Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, on Friday, June 10, 2011. A party atmosphere dominated the patrons populating the lawn section. Although the evening heat got more than a little hot, the gyrating women bebopping to the melodic music worked up unrelenting perspiration.

Strutting out onto the stage to burlesque fanfare, Carlisle barked, “Are you ready to rock?”, igniting crowd anticipation. The ladies launched their performance with “Vacation”. An `80’s revival commenced as the female fans sang in unison on the incorrigible chorus.

Valentine introduced Carlisle’s 1985 hit solo single “Mad About You” as having been refashioned into a Go-Go’s styled tune for fan appreciation. Gina Schock stepped forward to quiz the crowd, “Is it hot enough for you?”, soliciting a roar of approval in response. Chaffey wasted no time in prompting Schock to proclaim she was born in neighboring Baltimore. Gina proudly mentioned that her parents and her brother were seated in the audience.

An uncommon surprise in the concert was their cover of The Rolling Stones’ 1966 classic rock single “Mother’s Little Helper”. Carlisle seemed to emphasize the spoken intro, “What a drag it is getting old”, but they dispelled that notion as the feminine quintet rocked on a number the Stones themselves have long since abandoned from their tour repertoire.

Having acknowledged the 30th anniversary of Beauty And The Beat, the band showcased several selections in their setlist from that popular 1981 record. Touring as a nostalgia act in a lethargic economy can forecast risky business, but The Go-Go’s are indeed a unique group that attracts a loyal fanbase.

The closing three numbers, “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “Skidmarks On My Heart”, and “We Got The Beat”, were the perfect trifecta. Schock appeared front and center for a second time during the first encore to introduce her colleagues in the band. The Dollyrots power trio who opened was invited to dance about in freeform on stage.

The Go-Go’s treated the outdoor audience to a second encore of a Wiedlin composition “Fun With Ropes” identified as one of their earliest original songs. Many may not know that The Go-Go’s began their stage career as a punk band at the end of the 1970s. The ladies climaxed in a thrashing crescendo swamped by applause having delivered an energetic romp that left the Vienna crowd still wanting more.

The Go-Go’s Feline Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA, June 10, 2011 setlist: Vacation * Tonite * How Much More * Get Up And Go * Mad About You * Lust To Love * Mother’s Little Helper * Automatic * Fading Fast * Cool Places * This Town * Unforgiven * The Whole World Lost It’s Head * Our Lips Are Sealed * Skidmarks On My Heart * We Got The Beat * 1st Encore: Sur > Beat > Surf * Head Over Heels * 2nd Encore: Fun With Ropes

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Centsable Finance: Baltimore’s New Bnotes

June 16th, 2011 by The Professor

Ever wonder what it would be like to have your own local money supply? Baltimore has one now! The Bnote created by the Baltimore Green Currency Association is in circulation and available now. Find out more about what it is, how and where to use it and ask your own questions on Centsable Finance. Today at 1pm we’ll be talking with Jeff Dicken the Executive Director of the Baltimore Green Currency Association live.


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Honfest 2011

June 16th, 2011 by Amanda Nolan

On Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12, WLOY was in the thick of Honfest – and we enjoyed every HONderful moment. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table!

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Tourism Tuesday: Summer Sounds at the Square

June 14th, 2011 by Alex Fili

Ever wonder where locals spend their weekend nights? Then head on over to Belvedere Square for their ever-popular Friday night concert series, Summer Sounds at the Square.

Here you can sample gourmet foods and beverages from the Square’s market and restaurants all while listening to a free concert. And don’t be afraid to dance along to the catchy tunes of Baltimore hottest bands, for everyone around you will certainly join in. This event takes place every Friday from 6-9 p.m. until Sep. 16, so be sure to check it out!
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Sworn Enemy Interview

June 14th, 2011 by The Professor

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Museum Monday: Historic Homewood ArtWalk

June 13th, 2011 by Alex Fili

Looking for an educational activity, but don’t feel like being stuck inside a stuffy museum on a beautiful day? Then take the 45-minute, walking tour through historic Homewood where guides will cover 200 years of art history in under a quarter mile.

This tour begins at the Homewood House, passes through the BMA and its sculpture garden, and ends at the Latrobe Spring House. Aside from being educational, this walk is also described as intriguing and entertaining. And the best part about it is: it’s FREE. If you are interested, you must act fast since this exclusive tour ends June 26th! So take some time out of your Sunday afternoon, either at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., to embark on this informative yet enjoyable journey.
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