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Chant Down Baltimore Returns June 25!

Monday, May 2nd, 2022 by The Professor

It’s back!! WLOY Loyola Radio, I Never Knew TV and Friends of Carroll Park present the return of Chant Down Baltimore after a 2 year pandemic hiatus. Come out for an amazing day of reggae and fun FOR FREE. All attendees need to bring donations to support Paul’s Place and The Baltimore Furniture Bank or make a financial donation on site. This is a fundraising event for these two great non-profits and features an amazing line up of reggae artists from Jamaica and the US all day from Noon – 7pm!



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Battle of the Bands 2022 Winner

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

After a thrilling Tuesday evening following Easter break, with more than 150 students crowding into McGuire Hall, a winner was finally chosen to open Loyolapalooza on May 1st!

Three bands (Panic! in the Fine Arts Department, Folding chairS, and Crown Me King) each competed in fifteen-minute segments, after which area music producers, musicians and radio programmers served as judges and provided their own take on each performance. With booming instruments and a lively crowd throughout the contest, McGuire Hall was jumping with competition and strong energy.

Congratulations to Crown Me King who won the judges vote. The performances were so good that we decided to pick not one, but two winners to perform at Loyolapalooza, where Folding chairS won the audience vote by a slim margin of less than a handful of votes. Folding chairS will perform earlier in the day at Loyolapalooza, along with the 3 winners from Songwriter Skirmish.

WLOY congratulates Crown Me King on winning Battle of the Bands and opening for Two Friends at Loyolapalooza on May 1st!



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Vinylthon 2022 – Saturday April 23

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 by The Professor



It’s time to celebrate what you can do with some metal presses and 180gm of vinyl. VINYLTHON is here for 2022! We’re celebrating Record Store Day with 24 hours of nothing but vinyl on the air at WLOY*. As a bonus this year as pandemic rules reduce we will have some live shows sneaking in again – Earl Crown will be spinning a live show 5-7pm and our music director Anna will be doing her FIRST SHOW and it’s all vinyl! who knows who else will join in throughout the day. Maybe even The Professor! (more…)



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Battle of the Bands TONIGHT!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 by The Professor

See everyone in McGuire Hall tonight 8-10pm for Battle of the Bands! We have 3 great student bands competing: Folding chairS, Panic at the Fine Arts Department and Crown Me King! And, as always we have a selection of industry folks as judges because it wouldn’t be fair if we judged it! What kind of folks are judging you ask? We are glad you did because we’ll tell you it’s all about getting pros who can help the bands grow. So here are the 2022 Battle of the Bands judges:

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College Radio Unites For Ukraine

Monday, March 14th, 2022 by The Professor

College radio stations around the world united to send messages of hope and support to the college radio stations in the Ukraine. More than 50 stations recorded and sent messages and WLOY was proud to join in. We were all even more excited to hear the students in college radio throughout the Ukraine respond with messages of their own. Scroll down to hear the entire compiled group of messages, see the full list of contributing stations and order a t-shirt to show your support and help raise funds for those stations literally under fire in the Ukraine. (more…)



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Quarantine Takeover – Jose Fritz

Monday, March 7th, 2022 by The Professor

Join us Tuesday/Thursday this week at 7pm as we bring in another guest DJ with a wild collection of vinyl… Jose Fritz is the author of The Good Wives’ Guide to Home Poisoning, and the radio play The Good Man. In addition to his work in radio and his studio recordings, his fiction has appeared in Chaunticleer, Triple S, The Port, Workaholic, and Experimental Behavior (ExBe) among other publications. Prior to 2009 he was a music columnist for The Stage Newspaper, Stranded in Stereo and Soundwaves magazine. In 2007 he wrote the liner notes to the fringe art project, the M.M.B.T.V.S. video compilation. He has been most recently been interviewed by Radiosurvivor.com (2009), Discuts magazine (2011), WOOM radio in 2020. He currently writes for Slingshot and blogs at arcaneradiotrivia.com.



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Enter Battle of the Bands/Songwriter Skirmish!

Monday, February 28th, 2022 by The Professor

It’s time to show you stuff Loyola! After a 2 year pandemic delay, the Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish return! For those that haven’t been able to experience the madness in the past, these are 2 big musical competitions to determine which Loyola musicians will be able to perform at the (also finally returning) Loyolapalooza!

Songwriter Skirmish (3/25) is for solo and duo artists who want to perform in either the Acoustic or Electric category. This allows everyone from your favorite ukulele player to that budding rapper on your hall to join in and have a shot at stardom. Performers will have approximately 10 minutes to wow the student judges and the audience with their ORIGINAL material in order to win a spot on the stage before the national headliner at Loyolapalooza!

Battle of the Bands (NEW DATE 4/19) is for trio and larger acts and will be judged by a group of past winners and professional artists, managers, record label owners and more from the Baltimore area. Bands will get approximately 15 minutes to perform ORIGINAL material for the judges. Winners will open for the national headliner at Loyolapalooza!

To enter either competition please click HERE



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Quarantine Takeover – Daniel Eskew #4

Monday, February 28th, 2022 by The Professor

This Tuesday/Thursday at 7pm on Quarantine Takeover we have the return of North Carolina native Daniel Eskew for a 4th episode. Sooner or later we will convince him to do a regular show 🙂

This week’s episode picks up where he left off, continuing the exploration of his outstanding collection of vinyl. It’s a highlight of various artists that previously were unknown or not of interest until that one album pulled him in and made him a fan.

Touching on Folk, Blues, Jazz, and more… A little story and lot of great music. Join Daniel in exploring how the hunt for new vinyl pays off.



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Staycation Compilation Interview

Friday, February 18th, 2022 by The Professor

(By Ben Ostrowski ’24)

On February 5th, I had the opportunity to interview James Richard Lane, creator of the Staycation Compilation. The Staycation Compilation is a music series that showcases a variety in sound while giving back to a greater cause, with the proceeds benefiting the Baltimore International Academy. The collection includes some great local artists who have also played live shows for WLOY (PLRLS, F City, Little Lungs…) and some newcomers bound for great things. It was a fantastic experience getting to hear James’ story working with musicians in the Baltimore area and beyond. (more…)



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Berry the Band Interview

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Music Director, Anna Markulis ’23, gets to know Berry! The band comprised of guitarist/vocalist Joey Lemon, drummer Paul Goodenough, and bass player Shane Bordeau has been together for nearly 20 years now, and we cover how they came to be and their journey all over the country.

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Instagram: @BerrytheBand
Facebook: /BerrytheBand
Bandcamp: BerrytheBand
YouTube: BerrytheBand
Website: berrytheband.com



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