SOTW: Babe Rainbow – “Sunshine”

Thursday, July 6th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Babe Rainbow“Sunshine”

Released: June 23, 2023

Rate: 8.2/10

RIYL: Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Pond

Babe Rainbow is a psychedelic rock band originating from New South Wales, Australia. Formed in 2014, Babe Rainbow consists of Angus Dowling, percussion and vocals; Elliot (Lulu) O’Reilly, bass, keys, and vocals; and Jack Crowther, guitar and vocals. The group has their attention on the 60s and 70s harmonies, creating a retro surf-pop sound. Babe Rainbow has held a notable presence in the music scene since their 2017 self-entitled album “The Babe Rainbow,” featuring sounds like “Peace Blossom Boogy” and “Fall in Love.” Flash forward to 2023, Babe Rainbow has recently released its newest album “Fresh As A Head of Lettuce.” (more…)

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: TAUK“TAUK Moore”

Released: June 16, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Haitus Kaiyote, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Khruangbin, Vulfpeck, No Doubt

TAUK is a captivating band that consistently pushes the boundaries of genre. The New York based-group has teamed up with vocalist, Kanika Moore, to complete their latest album, “TAUK Moore.” Their unique fusion of rock, jazz, and EDM creates a sonic landscape, proving they’re not afraid to experiment with their sound. The band’s intricate sound arrangements shine through on almost every track, showcasing their immense talent; more than worthy of our favorite album of the week. (more…)

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SOTW: Arts Fishing Club – “#Tornadotext”

Friday, June 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik

Song of the Week: Arts Fishing Club“Tornado Text”

Released: June 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Foster the People, Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, The Neighborhood

Various sounds, including folk, alt-country, and indie-rock influence Arts Fishing Club’s music. Their sound is characterized by heartfelt lyrics and melodies that genuinely showcase the individual talents of each member. The group consists of Christopher Kessenich, Matt Siffert, Jimi Greene, Brian Kempson, and Peter Eddins who met through each member’s journey in pursuing music. The Nashville, Tennessee-based band is known for their energetic live performances and has shared the stage with several respectable artists such as Langhorne Slim, Darlingside, and The Last Bison. (more…)

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Alumni Spotlight: Alex Fili (2013)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Alex Fili, a Loyola class of 2013 graduate, discusses her experience at WLOY and shares some of her favorite memories over the years.

Q: Can you tell us about your show at WLOY? (name and theme, genre of music)

A: “Not quite happy hour” from 3-5, in which I played only songs I liked. I probably wasn’t the best DJ. However, I did run “What Happens Next?” and helped WLOY win a couple of awards at CBI, this is probably more of a highlight for me than my radio show. Working with kids and giving back to the community was such a highlight of my college career.

Q: Who is your favorite artist now?

A: Hozier.

Q: What do you do for work? Did your experiences at WLOY transfer into your work? 

A: I own my own dental office, I am a dentist! My experiences at WLOY are part of the reason I probably graduated Loyola, John helped keep me in line. But the work I did at WLOY, volunteering, and having a paid job during college always ensured a work ethic, time management, and responsibility.

Q: Tell us your favorite WLOY memory.

A: So many, probably running “What Happens Next?” Oh, I got to do a color commentary at the Orioles stadium for the President’s Cup Baseball Tournament! That was badass. Decorating the outside wall with all of the old vinyl covers. Taking pictures for Good DJ and Bad DJ. John not firing me is a good one.

Q: One piece of advice for current students looking to enter the broadcast/entertainment industry:

A: I do not have any advice for this as I do not work in that industry. But, working for the radio station during my college career is the reason I still love Loyola. WLOY was my family and I consider it very near and dear to my heart.

John’s note: I cannot believe that winning both the Cafe Hon Bread Pudding Eating Contest AND the Holy Frijoles Taco Eating Contest the SAME DAY at Hampdenfest wasn’t the highlight of Alex’s entire WLOY career.

Oh, and then retaining her crown by winning the Bread Pudding Contest 2 YEARS IN A ROW.

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Honfest 2023

Thursday, June 15th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Another year in the books! Baltimore’s 2023 Honfest was a vibrant celebration, reminding us of the town’s community-based pride. The streets of Hampden filled with families and parade attendees, all coming together to embrace the quirky spirit of the event. The energy of the event was infectious as the air was filled with laughter, music, and the smells of Baltimore’s best foods. WLOY had the pleasure of hosting 15 local artists this past weekend at the WLOY STAGE at Honfest. We were visited by alumni, students, and community members in the gathering of WLOY’s favorite event of the summer. Honfest is a great function for local artists to showcase their talent and we couldn’t be more grateful to have shared another parade with them. 

We have to give a big shout-out to Garrett Long for making the stage run smoothly and soundly all weekend. He danced between solo and group artists, doing his magic with smiles and swift hands. Garrett is the recording engineer for the Watermelon Room, a local recording studio based in Hampden, MD. They’re known for their variety of instruments and recording equipment, encouraging artists to pursue their musical creativity. Definitely check them out!

Eddie Fine ’23 exceeded MC expectations, keeping everyone appraised for the upcoming acts. Students Johnny Cozza ‘24, Aliyah Smith-Bradley ‘24, and Liz Kosik ’25 manned the tent for the weekend, engaging with community members and raffling off some cool prizes.  Attendees loved the nifty turn-table that was repurposed for the raffling, allowing participants to “spin and win” a variety of prizes such as Thread Coffee, mugs, t-shirts, and vinyl. Despite a flat tire immediately upon arrival (lol silly John).. the weekend was full of excitement!

WLOY is proud to have concluded its 7th year hosting a stage at Honfest. It’s impossible to talk about our stage without mentioning the talented cast of artists that came and performed. We would like to express our gratitude to all the incredible bands and artists that dedicated their time this weekend. From Red Sammy kicking us off on Saturday morning to Old Eastern closing us out on Sunday night, every one of them delivered an amazing performance. We were showered with compliments and positive feedback all weekend from members of our favorite community and are ecstatic to be back next year!

The full schedule (and links to the artist’s pages) is here – go buy their merch!!

Be sure to watch this space for a gallery full of images and links to videos as we put them up. Also, check out our Instagram @wloy_radio for some Honfest recaps, alumni spotlights, and WLOY news. 🙂

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Alumni Spotlight: Christa Constantine (2013)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Christa Constantine (2013) shares her experience at the WLOY station and some fun memories from her college years!

Q: Can you tell us about your show at WLOY? (name and theme, genre of music)

A: My show was called The Random Association Game, which is hosted with my co-DJ Sarah Karpovich for 3 years at Loyola. We played a lot of indie stuff that was popular when we were at Loyola but integrated a lot of classics from the 70s and 80s. \

Q: Who is your favorite artist now?

A: I’m really into MUNA right now! I got tickets for free last year never having listened to them, and the show got me hooked. (more…)

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AOTW: MIRANDA AND THE BEAT – Miranda and The Beat

Friday, June 9th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: MIRANDA AND THE BEATMiranda and The Beat

Released: May 26, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Artic Monkeys, Ravonettes, The Kills, Jacuzzi Boys, King Khan

Make way.. Miranda and The Beat are hot and ready to reignite the New York City rock music scene. They happily disregard the limitations of staying within one genre, ranging from punk, garage, and soul. While Miranda and The Beat can technically be classified as rock, they have no problem pushing the bounds of each genre while adding their individual, fresh taste. Arriving in the Big Apple in 2018, Miranda and The Beat have brought a new energy, collabing with rock idols such as The Mystery Lights and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’re, for sure, expected to succeed their current reputation and break the bounds of their anticipated fame. (more…)

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Honfest 2023 – WLOY Stage – June 10/11

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

I can’t believe it’s June already – and you know what that means, Honfest! Grab your hairspray, throw on your feather boa, and practice your best Bawlmerese accent to get ready. WLOY is excited to celebrate the 30th year of Baltimore’s biggest bash. Honfest is Saturday, June 10th, and Sunday, June 11th, 2023 and WLOY will be there all weekend! We are proud to host the WLOY Loyola Radio stage, bringing a great lineup of some of the station’s favorite local artists and bands. The WLOY stage will be located on 36th Street at the Chestnut Street intersection (right across from The Charmery).

This is quite possibly our most diverse lineup yet, so there is something for everyone. We are so excited about this year’s line-up, and we hope you are too! See you there!

WLOY Loyola Radio Stage 2023 Lineup:

Saturday, June 10th

11:00 – 12:00 Red Sammy

12:00 – 1:00 Maria Dontas

1:00 – 2:00 Ebb & Nova

2:00 – 3:00 Whiskey Feathers

3:00 – 4:00 Gabe Ford Trio

4:00 – 5:00 Rodney Henry

5:00 – 6:00 Tionesta

6:00 – 7:00 Skribe

7:00 – 8:00 Out of Water eXperience

Sunday, June 11th

12:00 – 1:00 Eze Jackson

1:00 – 2:00 Matt Hutchison

2:00 – 3:00 George Jano and Chuck the MaddOx

3:00 – 4:00 Doc Pine & Friends

4:00 – 5:00 Saleem & The Music Lovers

5:00 – 6:00 Old Eastern

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SOTW: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “If You’re Blue”

Thursday, May 25th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Johnny Cozza ’24

Song of the Week: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “If You’re Blue”

Released: May 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Green Day The Runaways, My Chemical Romance, The White Stripes, Wheatus (more…)

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The Prime: Pop Through the Ages

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Bedroom Pop

RIYL: Clairo, Mac Demarco, Men I Trust, Peach Pit, The Marías

We’re back! After surviving finals season, WLOY is happy to reintroduce the series: The Prime! Our station DJs have done an excellent job of bringing their fans all the hottest hits and coolest throwbacks, so… why not provide some background on the music we all know and love? The series will span a spectrum of genres such as alternative, pop, and rock. We’re super excited to dive deeper into the subgenres, affiliated bands, and even some song suggestions. (more…)

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