Events


WLOY is Turning 20!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 by The Professor

Yes, it really has been 20 years since WLOY went on the air 24/7/365, and yes, John feels old. But you can join us in celebration on Saturday March 18th all day! From noon until 4pm we will have an open house in the WLOY studios in Bellarmine Hall and welcome alumni back to jump on the air and meet current DJs and staff. From 6-7pm a private event in McGuire for the alumni and staff with music from alums Maria Dontas and Taylor DeBoer and then we open the doors to all from 7-9pm. Music from local greats Skribe and Saleem & The Music Lovers (Saleem also hosts Hip-Hop Revisited on WLOY Saturdays 2-4pm). Join us for some fun memories, and great local live music like we’ve been highlight for 20 years.

A limited number of our very Baltimore orange and purple t-shirts will be available as well as a new batch of WLOY coffee mugs and our NEW WLOY COFFEE, roasted and blended by the amazing local folks at Thread Coffee in the Woodberry neighborhood.

If you are part of the pre-WLOY era of WVLC/WLCR 1975-1995 please feel free to join us as well! Also check out the updated list of vintage staff photos and look for you and your friends!



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Sign Up For Battle of the Bands & Songwriter Skirmish

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 by The Professor

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, or the Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts (rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers), while Battle of the Bands is for bands of 3 or more- perfect for any and all groups that would like to enter!

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students, or alumni. Bands entering for Battle of the Bands must be able to perform a 15-20 minute set of original songs to compete. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (4/1) or Battle of the Bands (4/13), and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/30.

Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Saturday, April 1st with Relay for Life! WLOY will be DJing for the event and welcome all to request a song of their choice for $1 in support of Relay for Life. Battle of the Bands will take place on Thursday, April 13th. The winner of Songwriter Skirmish will be the first act of Loyolapalooza, and the Battle of the Bands winner will open for the national headliner! Loyolapalooza takes place Sunday, April 30th. Think you have what it takes? Enter for Songwriter Skirmish or Battle of the Bands HERE!



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Karaoke For A Cause: Gong Karaoke 2/17

Monday, February 13th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Join WLOY for our Karaoke For A Cause: Gong Karaoke on Friday, February 17th, from 7-9 PM in Starbucks! Never heard of Gong Karaoke? That’s okay WLOY’s got you. Participants can pay $1 to request the song of their choice and spectators can pay $2 to hit the gong and kick them off stage! It is $5 to stay up on stage and sing your heart out but wait – others have the chance to pay $10 in sudden death and kick you off stage for good! All proceeds will go to Loyola’s Relay for Life to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. Are you feeling a little bit of friendly competition that supports an amazing foundation? Join WLOY for our Karaoke For A Cause: Gong Karaoke on Friday, February 17th, from 7-9 PM in Starbucks!



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Vakili Band in town

Friday, February 3rd, 2023 by The Professor

REPOST from October because…
They’re finally coming to Baltimore 2/11 at Joe Squared

Wooo! We are BACK! In studio with the Vakili Band during a stop on their way to their show in DC at The Runaway tonight. Ben Ostrowski ’24 hung out with the full band for our first in studio band visit since the dreaded closure of 2020… So glad to start having bands back in and they were a great one. The whole band hung and talked process, their new Walking Sideways album, recording vs live versions, and how well Gordon packs the van. A lot of fun and a great way to get back into live interviews. Can’t wait for them to come back in the spring for a show in Baltimore. Meanwhile check out their new album and listen to the interview in case you missed it live.



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Charm City Music Trivia 1/28

Thursday, January 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Music Trivia Night 1/28In search of Saturday night plans this weekend? Look no further than the 4th Floor Programming Room! Join WLOY this Saturday, January 28th from 8-10 PM for a competitive night of music trivia night! Sign up yourself or your team on the Bridge and join up at 8 PM for a chance to test your music knowledge, enjoy cookies and sodas, and win some incredible prizes! Register here!



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Event Recap: Open Mic Night

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Daniel Carter ’26 WLOY had the pleasure of hosting another of our great Open Mic Nights this past Saturday! Each semester WLOY hosts Open Mic Nights to allow students to showcase singing, instrumental, spoken-word, and comedic talents for fellow students to enjoy. The night started off with great original music and covers from students Ed and Kevin, with one playing the guitar and the other playing bass! Then the group that followed them was 3 Cars consisting of three students Carly, Benji, and Andrew. They put on a great cover of “Life is Highway” by Tom Cochrane (also covered by Rascal Flatts) to close the set. After a number of students joined to sing some of their favorite songs. The night ended with an entertaining cover of the song “Rick and Morty” by a student. WLOY thanks all everyone who performed and showed their support! Join us February 4th for the last Open Mic of the semester and get ready to join Songwriter Skirmish (4/1) and Battle of the Bands (4/13) to win a spot at Loyolapalooza!



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Open Mic Night 1/21/23

Friday, January 20th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

A huge welcome back to our Loyola community! We hope everyone is just as excited as we are to be back on campus and in 0ur element! As much needed as the holiday break was, you know WLOY is always cookin’ up the best activities to allow our students to express their creativity and talent! Definitely be sure to check back for upcoming events and updates this semester- you don’t want to miss out! 🙂

On that note… join WLOY for our first Open Mic Night of the semester on January 21st from 7-9 PM in Starbucks! Do you have singing or spoken-word talents? Come show it off to your friends and peers! Are you more into comedic stand-up? This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your best jokes. All poetry, singing, and stand-up is welcomed and event if you’re not participating, attendance is highly encouraged! Mark your calendars for WLOY’s Open Mic Night this Saturday, January 21st from 7-9 PM in Starbucks! Register here!



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Christmas 2022 Specials

Saturday, December 24th, 2022 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 Oldies Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials, specials from The Volcano Chronicles, Retro Rockin Road Show, Quarantine Takeover, and vintage specials from 6 alumni, Crucial Cuts and a brand new Retro Rocking Christmas! At 4pm on Christmas Eve we finally open the floodgates and let the elves in, just in time to start your festivities and while you do your last minute wrapping. We’ll let them play all through Christmas Day until midnight, to be the soundtrack for all of the day’s gatherings and celebrations. Tell your smart speaker to “Play WLOY Loyola Radio” and just leave us on all day long… Merry Christmas Everyone!
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WLOY at the 49th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade

Monday, December 5th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Ronnie Gruseck ’23

The WLOY team had a joyful time performing as Peanuts characters and giving out 3,000 candy canes for the Mayors Annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4. The WLOY van was converted into Snoopy’s doghouse adorned with Christmas lights and snow. WLOY’s awesome business manager, Eddie Fine, performed as DJ Snoopy atop the WLOY van with a mic and festive moves to vibe and interact with the incredibly enthusiastic crowd. Production Manager, Ben Ostrowski, was Charlie Brown. Events Manager, Ronnie Gruseck, was Lucy. General Manager, Anna Markulis, was Schroeder complete with the iconic mini piano. Music Director, Aliyah Smith-Bradley, and Justin Guarnieri from the events team handed out candy canes as Linus (you can never enough Linus). PR and Graphics Director, Hope Johnson, was Marcie. Analia Cortez of the music department was Pigpen and Daniel Carter of the music department was Shermy.

We always enjoy blasting the Merry Christmas Charlie Brown soundtrack and other holiday classics throughout the Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods. Parade spectators of all ages enjoyed the candy canes. It’s one of our favorite community events of the year (our 10th!) and we hope to catch you at the next years 50th Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade!

Check out our past floats here



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Winterpalooza 2022

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

By Liz Kosik ’25

What: Winterpalooza 2022

When: Friday, December 2nd from 8-10 pm

Where: McQuire Hall

WLOY presents one of our most anticipated events of the year: Winterpalooza! We have some incredible acts to showcase for the night including Tyler Stevenson ’26, Flying Faders (Baltimore), and Crown Me King (’22 Battle of the Bands winners). The music-filled night brings in just the right vibe to get you through the last week of classes! But wait- it gets better! Enter the Ugly Sweater Contest for your chance to win a Charlie Brown vinyl, concert tickets, and more! WLOY will also be providing all the hot chocolate you need to relieve some of that finals week stress. Come get into the holiday spirit with us for Winterpalooza ’22 on Friday, December 2nd from 8-10 pm in McGuire Hall!



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