Explore Baltimore! Protean Book and Records

April 29th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What- music and bookstore

When- Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm

Where- 836 Leadenhall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

This place is more than just a music or book store, it is an experience! Protean Book and Records is the ideal store for anyone who is looking for a vast selection of exceptionally reasonably priced and used books, movies, and records. The store also features an eclectic array of unique items and pop culture memorabilia. This store is a must for anyone searching for a one-of-a-kind book, hard-to-find vinyl, or even a birthday gift. The owners are extremely friendly and sweet so they are more than willing to assist their customers in any way they can.

I very much enjoyed visiting this store and checking out all the books and records, as well as the little museum of weird items in the back of the store, Dr. Gloom’s Crypt of Curiosities, which features mummified and taxidermized creatures. Most of the walls are lined with books and all the records take up room on the floor. Running along the top of the bookcases are little Knick knacks and collectibles. Featured in a display case at the counter are vintage videos, and there is even a little section of the store which sells items for only $2. All the items are highly organized and checking out all of the quirky items and toys is like a blast from the past. Make sure to check out this hidden gem next time you find yourself in Federal Hill!

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Explore Baltimore! The Charmery

April 28th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Amelia Dunat

What: Ice Cream Shop

When: Towson hours are Monday to Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday 3pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm – 10pm, and Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Where: Towson location- 6807 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Hampden location- 801 West 36th Street Baltimore, MD 21211 (currently closed for remodeling)

Columbia location- 6000 Merriweather Drive, #185B, Columbia, MD 21044

Ice Cream Factory- 1700 W 41st Street, #400, Baltimore, MD 21211

When craving a mid-week and off-campus sweet treat, The Charmery is my go-to. The Charmery prides itself on having “super-premium, highly original, and insanely delicious” ice cream, and I couldn’t have phrased it better myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Album of the Week: Barbara by Barrie

April 28th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

Barbara by Barrie

Reviewed by: Steven “Sponj” Navarro

Rate: 8/10


Barbara is an album that is best listened to on a long car ride home at night. Barrie uses inspiration from alternative rock to folk to create an album that makes you feel as happy as a clam or as sad as raindrops on a grave. Barrie takes us into a world of her past relationships and core memories using great imagery.

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Battle of the Bands 2022 Winner

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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Explore Baltimore! Sodam Bistro

April 22nd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Korean Restaurant

Where: 200 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210

When: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm

Reviewed By: Ronnie Gruseck

Opened last December 2021, Sodam Bistro shares authentic Korean cuisine along with various gelato and espresso and non-espresso drink options. Adjacent to the pharmacy, Newman Towers, and Royal Farms, this restaurant is perfect for those sunny days when you want to take a stroll around the trail next to Newman and around Roland. There are various vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all dishes. And with outdoor seating and generous portion sizes, Sodam is a great way to choose from a selection of delicious cuisine and spend quality time with others. It’s a growing spot for Loyola students to hang out and relax.

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Vinylthon 2022 – Saturday April 23

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! Read the rest of this entry »

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Battle of the Bands TONIGHT!

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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Donnie Lewis (Peter Frampton) Interview

April 5th, 2022 by The Professor

DJ Mike the Psych, now green-thumbed alumna Mike Vuoto, has a (possibly unhealthy) thing for Peter Frampton’s album Frampton Comes Alive, and it’s led him to some cool stuff. Among the things it has led to are some great seats at shows and several great chats with Frampton’s longtime manager Donnie Lewis. Here is the one when they finally did it as an official interview!

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Explore Baltimore! E2-E4 Records

March 30th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Record Store 

When: Every Saturday, 12-6 pm 

Where: 2223 Maryland Ave #1S, Baltimore, MD 21218 

Reviewed By: Amelia Dunat

This electronic & dance music record store has carefully curated collections, specializing in new and used house music, Baltimore club, ambient, synth-wave/darkwave, industrial/EBM, 80’s r&b, and so much more like rare and classic hip hop. This store is very small and more so like a boutique, but this makes it unique. If you’re looking for very specific dance music, I would check this place out first. The store also sells ceramics, books, t-shirts & more fun knick-knacks.  

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WLOY Sweatshirts Are Back!

March 28th, 2022 by The Professor

One of our most popular sweatshirts has returned to stock! This time a nice Champion Eco 50/50 Cotton/Poly sweatshirt in the usual green and grey. Soft inside and tough on the outside. Great for all around wear or cozy sleeping.

We know our alumni love these so we’re making it easy to order them on the website. Pick your unisex size and order through our Paypal button for quick shipping ($5). If you want to pick up at the station just shoot us a note. If you decide to pick up at the station we’ll throw in a free t-shirt and some stickers when you get here! 🙂


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