WLOY at the 49th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade

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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Music News: Rihanna’s Return to the Stage

December 5th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

For all Rihanna fans – our time has come! The superstar has ended her 6-year hiatus with the official announcement that she will be performing at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show this upcoming February. Rihanna is responsible for some of our generation’s favorite pop songs, including “We Found Love” (feat. Calvin Harris), “Umbrella” (feat. Jay-Z), and “Pon De Replay.” Her many albums conclude with “Anti” which was released in early 2016. Fans have been starving for music updates from the megastar, billionaire, and new mom and I can promise we won’t be disappointed. While Rihanna has produced nearly 2 decades of iconic music, it will definitely be exciting to see her back in her artistic element. This Super Bowl will not be one to miss!

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Winterpalooza 2022

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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SOTW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards – “Exploding Suns”

November 17th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

SONG OF THE WEEK: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards – “Exploding Suns”

by Isabelle Braudakis ’25

Rate: 9/10  

Released: October 28, 2022  

RYIL: The Murlocs, Art of Sleeping, Moses Gunn Collective, Pipe-eye, Post Animal

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is an Australian rock band formed in 2011 in Melbourne. The group were all friends who liked to jam out and create unique and meaningful music. The band’s current lineup consists of Stu Mackenzie, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Cook Craig, Joey Walker, Lucas Harwood, and Michael Cavanagh. Throughout the years the band has explored many genres, but their music can be described as psychedelic rock, garage rock, progressive rock, and heavy metal.

Exploding Suns starts with a slow and steady drumline accompanied by a guitar. The reverb helps create a dream-like state which Mackenzie contributes to with his soft and gentle voice. The drumline throughout the song remains steady while other strange instruments join in. The song almost sounds like you are floating in space all while on a psychedelic trip. I would recommend listening to this song during a chill nighttime drive or just having it in the background when hanging out with friends on a relaxing night in.

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Open Mic Night at Motor House

November 17th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

What: Open Mic Night

When: November 24, 2022, from 7-10 PM

Where: Motor House Art Hub

Interested in poetry and live entertainment? Join Motor House for their monthly Open Mic Night on November 24 from 7-10 PM. The Motor House is a Baltimore-based art hub, gallery, and performance space for creative visionaries to share their voices and proclamations while providing a mellow environment to showcase your abilities or to just come chill. The event will also be hosted by award-winning poet, Meccamorphosis! Mecca Verdell, or Meccamorphosis, is a Baltimore-based creative performer known for her accomplishments in poetry and writing. She has been recognized on local and national levels for her work and has been beautifully dedicated to providing youth with safe and welcoming spaces to express their talents and visions. Looking for a late-night event with good energy? Come visit Motor House on November 24th from 7-10 PM for their monthly Open Mic Night for a guaranteed good time!


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Make A Quilt Square Event

November 17th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

What: Make A Quilt Square

When: Thursday, November 17th from 4-5 PM

Are you looking to escape from the pre-break craziness? Visit the Loyola Notre Dame Library to make your own quilt square on Thursday, November 17th from 4-5 PM! Come shake off the stress of the week as you piece together and sew your quilt design of choice! The event will be filled with relaxing vibes to get you through your hectic schedule and ease into Thanksgiving break. Don’t want to miss out? Registration is now open on The Bridge!

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National Student Electronic Media Conference 2022

November 17th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Ben Ostrowski ’24

From October 27-30th, the WLOY staff attended the highly anticipated National Student Electronic Media Conference (NSEMC) that took place in Baltimore this year! More than 300 students involved in college radio and TV stations all over the country came together to connect with each other and learn more about the TV and radio industry.

Thursday’s sessions and panels took place with topics ranging from navigating through the post-pandemic world, women’s sports, and how to better engage with your audience. Staff and station advisers also met in roundtable discussions to talk about different ways to improve their respective stations and get feedback from other admins. At the end of the day, all attendees gathered in the Diamond Tavern at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel for the swag swap, where stations traded stickers, t-shirts, tote bags, and every kind of merch you can think of with each other. The staff came back to the station with a whole box of merchandise from stations all over the country! Read the rest of this entry »

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AOTW: Karmic – “Disco Submarine”

November 10th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Analia Cortez ’25

KarmicDisco Submarine

Release: September 2022

Rated: 8/10

RILY: Thunder Jackson, PRESSYES, Little Element, Leyya, 5K HD, Wargirl, DIVES, Cari Cari, Roast Apple.

In September 2022, Los Angeles and Vienna-based Karmic released their debut album. “Disco Submarine” was born into the Indie Pop world after being recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown. The intention of this album was to get a connection formed between people and music. “Disco Submarine” is built around the idea of a small space with music where closeness and connections could be created. The variety of sounds produced for this album echo the waves of emotions that were experienced not just through the pandemic, but everything in their five years together. A personal favorite from this album would have to be the sixth track “Boomerang“. Tracks four and five – “Dive Bar” and “Mantra” – are a close second and third. These songs have an upbeat yet relaxing feel to them, making them suitable for homework, a nice walk, or simply relaxing! This sound on this album is one I would listen to on occasion, however, overall, I enjoy the vibe of it and do take a strong liking to this. For a more upbeat feel, I would suggest checking out their singles “Wisdom Pie” and “Little Lucille“.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show 2022

November 9th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Aliyah Smith-Bradley

On October 31st, 2022, WLOY and Spectrum presented the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and it was amazing! For those of you who don’t know, WLOY’s screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 10+ year tradition (and eventually we will succeed in having it outside on the quad). WLOY shows it every Halloween and this year was in collaboration with Spectrum. Spectrum is a LBGTQ+ support service at Loyola University Maryland. This year we held a costume contest with the winner taking home a new turntable and a picture disc of 45th Anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack!

Rocky Horror was a huge hit this year! With Halloween falling on a rainy Monday, celebrating it with a movie was perfect. The event had about 60 students and 19 contest competitors. For the contest, we had so many students with amazing costumes to judge it was tough. In the end, Elvis Presley (a Loyola student) won with an astounding round of applause. Everyone had a great time watching with some students shouting along with the Rocky Horror Audience Participation Script. This event was personally one of my favorites with the candy, welcoming community, and seeing everyone in their costumes.

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Upcoming WLOY DJ Events

November 9th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

Catch our WLOY DJs showcasing their talents at some upcoming events! We will be providing music and adding to the festivities this month at the Women’s Center “Ladies Night” on Thursday, November 10th from 9:30-11:30 pm at the FAC. The night will entail tons of activities such as Group X and self-defense classes, along with free merch and raffles!

The fun continues at CAB’s “Loyola’s Got Talent” on Saturday, November 19th from 8-10 pm in the 4th Floor Programming Room. Enter to show off your awesome talents to get the chance to win a TV and Firestick, Alexa, Nutribullet, and tons of other giveaways. Come support your favorite radio station at your favorite events! Registration for all events is open on the Bridge!

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