WLOY’s 12 Days of Christmas Music

December 14th, 2018 by Erin McAvoy

To kick things off, here is our staff pick for day one of WLOY’s 12 Days of Christmas Music!

Emma Hagelin, PR Assistant

“My favorite Christmas song is: ‘I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas’

It’s a bop and a half, and my dad’s favorite animals are hippos. Whenever the song comes on his face lights up.”

Listen here:

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WLOY’S 12 Days of Christmas Music

December 10th, 2018 by Erin McAvoy

Christmas is approaching people!  And all of us here at WLOY are getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday jams.  Just like Buddy the Elf said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  So to spread the cheer, we’d like to share with you each of our all-time favorites, one every day, for the last 12 days leading up to Christmas.  Now grab some hot chocolate, put on your fuzziest Christmas socks, and stay tuned for our holiday staff picks!  And join WLOY on Christmas Eve and Christmas day for some special holiday themed broadcasts!  You won’t want to miss this.

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Concert Review: Emarosa at Baltimore Soundstage

December 9th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018, five bands rolled up to the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD to liven up a welcoming crowd. Arlington, the Faim, Devour the Day, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses made for an interesting line-up for sure.

I’ve found that Soundstage always has amazing opening bands, and Arlington was no exception. In fact, I’m listening to them as I write. Anyways, the show started off with Arlington, a three-member band from southern California. The first thing that I noticed besides their incredibly full sound and high energy performance was that the lead singer, Tyler Benko, sounded like Alex Turner from the Artic Monkeys. Then I realized that this band had the sound that I wish the latest Artic Monkeys album had. Amazing. Arlington was definitely one of the best performances that I’d ever seen. They even played a cover of “Reptilia” by the Stokes, which the bassist Channing Peake took on the vocals. It was Peake’s birthday, and “Reptilia” is one of his favorite songs. I also have to give credit to drummer Grant Whitson. I honestly wish they could have played longer, as I would have loved to hear so much more! Arlington’s sound, stage presence, mastery of instruments, crowd reaction, and style were all around incredible, and I definitely recommend checking them out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hymn For Her at Starbucks 12/6

December 3rd, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

This your last chance to join WLOY for a Coffeehouse Performance, until next semester, and believe me this band may be last, but in no way are they the least. Hymn for Her describes themselves on their Facebook as, “punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy,” which in regular English means that they are of fun with a twist of a psychedelic vibe. The duo has been touring all over the world, and we are lucky to have them come to visit at Starbucks this Thursday, December 6th, from 8-10pm. Remember these performances are FREE, which is unthinkable with this caliber of talent. Please come relax with some coffee from Starbucks (who always stays open later for our Thursday performances) and enjoy this music and grab a WLOY Van Cookie while they last.

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Out of Water eXperience–Thursday, Nov 29

November 28th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

If you have not seen The Out of Water eXperience once save the date–Thursday, Nov 29th. Femi the Drifish along with the other musicians that make of The Out of Water eXperience will be taking on McGuire, and giving to Loyola a little something we have been missing all along. As a Rage Against the Machine and Kendrick Lamar hybrid, The Out of Water eXperience offers WLOY something a little than what we typically have on stage. One of my favorite aspects of this group is that they do not hold back with their music, playing more light-hearted tunes to making important statements about social justice. If you want to have a spunkier Thursday night, come to McGuire with some friends and come to listen to The Out of Water eXperience.

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Red Sammy Live at Starbucks 11/15

November 13th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Red Sammy has played for us on multiple occasions, including (but of course not limited to) claiming the stage at Honfest. Fortunately, for us, we will be graced with their presence once again performing at a Coffeehouse this Thursday, November 15th, at Starbucks. Interestingly enough, Red Sammy’s band name hits closer to home than meets the eye, coming from Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” at least I think that is pretty cool. For those not on campus the most recent dormitory on campus was named after Flannery O’Connor. In addition to drawing inspiration for their name from Flannery O’Connor’s books, they also use his, along with Faulkner’s, Hawthorne’s and Poe’s writing as inspiration for their lyrics as well. We hope to see you at Starbucks, and remember, (as always) bring your friends! Red Sammy will be performing from 8-10pm and Starbucks stays open late for these events in case you need some extra energy…

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After The Whistle: Loyola Men’s Soccer vs. Army

November 13th, 2018 by Stefan Joyce

On Friday, November 10th, the top-seeded Loyola Greyhounds men’s soccer team faced off against fifth-seed Army West Point in the Patriot League Championships. Kyle Wenning and Stefan Joyce, hosts of the After the Whistle sports show on WLOY, were at Ridley Athletic Complex to provide some commentary on the game and get fan reactions during the action. Although the Greyhounds didn’t come away with the win, Kyle and Stefan still had a memorable time on a rainy Friday night cheering on the Hounds.

Don’t forget to tune into After the Whistle with Stefan, Kyle, and Austin on Mondays from 12-1 p.m and Fridays from 2-3 p.m!

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Poetry Slam at Starbucks 11-8

November 8th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

WLOY is proud to co-host the Poetry Slam with BSA for yet another year. If you have something to say and want to do so through spoken-word, rap, or acapella this is the best medium to do so. Not only is it a chance to celebrate our thoughts, but it is also a chance to celebrate in inclusivity and connect with one another. Come to Starbucks on Thursday, November 8th from 8 to 10 pm, and show your stuff, or cheer on a friend.

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The Mayor’s Christmas Parade – Gallery

November 5th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY has been a part of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden since 2010 when we were invited to enter. We naturally assumed this meant we needed a float so we built one. Unlike all the other media that entered the parade with their generic vans, we got a bit serious… We have lots of photos from the various years but below are links to the official ones on the parade’s website. Perhaps the best result was when the parade was up for US Today’s 10 Best Holiday Parades in the US award. The featured image used worldwide was our very own float with Hillary tossing out fuzzy snowballs to the kids lining the sidewalks. We were pretty overwhelmed to see that as the photo used as it was a complete surprise! The parade is coming back this year (December 2nd, 1:00pm) and runs from Falls Rd & Cold Spring Lane along Falls Road South to 38th Street where it turns East and runs to Chestnut, turning North and ending. Join the fun (and 20,000 friends) and say hi to WLOY. Who knows what this year’s theme will be?? Read on for the image gallery! Read the rest of this entry »

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Men’s Soccer Clinches 2nd-straight Patriot League Season Title

November 1st, 2018 by Stefan Joyce

The Loyola men’s soccer squad claimed its second straight Patriot League regular season title on Sunday and will host the upcoming Championships for the second-straight season as well. After their results from this weekend’s Patriot League play, the Greyhounds increased their point total to 19, further distancing themselves from second-place Lehigh (15) and third-place Colgate (14) with one game remaining. The Hounds will host the 2018 Patriot League Tournament at Ridley Athletic Complex. The team (11-3-1 overall, 6-1-1 Patriot League) will play in a 4 p.m semifinal on Friday, November 9th. The second semifinal will be at 7 p.m. The winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m. for the chance to raise the Patriot League title, and receive a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Greyhounds are currently on a six-game win streak as they head into the final week of the regular season. The team travels to Lafayette on Saturday to close out its season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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