On This Day: April 11

April 11th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1966: The Yardbirds, featuring a young guitarist named Jimmy Page, played their first U.S. concert at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.

1970: The Beatles‘ song “Let It Be” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming their final #1 single before the band’s breakup.

1981: Bob Marley played his last-ever concert at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died of cancer less than a year later. Read the rest of this entry »



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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: Love Hurtz

April 11th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

And to wrap up our featured bands, we present Loyola’s own, Love Hurtz!

Love Hurtz is a four person pop band consisting of Julia Marks (‘25) as lead singer, Anna Polk (‘26) on keys, Evelyn Donovan (‘27) on acoustic guitar, and Michael Smith (‘25) on drums. Starting in January 2024, the four met as students at Loyola. They are excited to perform for the first time ever at battle of the bands!!! We look forward to their performance. 🙂

You can follow the Love Hurtz members on Instagram: @annaapolk, @evelynd_0514, @_juliamarks03, and @officiallymichaelt.

WLOY thanks all the amazing artists for this week and don’t forget to show your support at Battle of the Bands on April 13 from 7-9 PM in McGuire!



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Baltimore Sports History: Oriole Park 4 & 5

April 11th, 2024 by The Professor

by Andrew Ciofalo, host of After The Whistle

Today we all know and love Oriole Park at Camden Yards, its revolutionary design, the inclusion of the warehouse and much more make this Oriole Park feel like the great ballpark that it is. This isn’t the first Oriole Park however… It’s the sixth. The name Oriole Park has a great history and legacy that is often overshadowed.

In the 1880s, the Baltimore Orioles played in the American Association, the league most competitive with the National League. Commonly known as the AA, the winner of both leagues would play in a sort of World Series style championship. That was until the AA folded in 1891 after four of its teams moved to the more competitive National League, including the Orioles.

The Orioles first season in the National League was also their first season in their new home, Union Park. Naturally the park took the nickname of Oriole Park, becoming the third host of the club. The Orioles would find its greatest success to date at Union Park and in the National League. The first two years were rough though, finishing in last and 8th out of 12 teams. In the 1894 season, the Orioles would turn their 8th place finish from the previous year into a pennant win. It was the franchises’ first pennant win and the first of three in a row in a dominant run in the National League from ’94 to ’96. In the ’97 and ’98 seasons, the Orioles would finish 2nd to Boston. In their 8th and final season in the National League, the Orioles finished in 4th before they fell victim to the National Leagues cutdown from 12 teams to 8.

After leaving the National League, the Orioles Franchise had a short hiatus while there wasn’t a league for them. In came a gentleman named Ban Johnson who was the president American League, formerly a minor league called the Western League. Johnson became president of the Western League in 1894 with the goal of making his league a Major League. When the National League had its cutdown, the 4 teams were left to join this new American League.

When joining the American League, of course the Orioles needed a new field. Enter American League Park, or Oriole Park IV. The American League experiment didn’t go well for the Orioles as they only played 2 seasons. The first season was plagued by barely .500 play along with debate between then Oriole manager John McGraw and league president Ban Johnson. Arguments stemmed from the fact that Johnson originally wanted to place the team in New York City, but the New York Giants denied them from doing so. In the second season there was rumors that McGraw was wanting to try again to re-locate the team to New York but ultimately ended up leaving the team mid-season to join the Giants of the NL. Many players went with their manager to the Giants, leaving the Orioles very empty handed and leading Johnson to step in and take control. Safe to say baseball in Baltimore was not in good shape and that was evident when the club disbanded at the end of the season. Eventually the franchise would be re-located to New York as originally intended and the team’s name was changed to the Highlanders and then to what we know them today as; The New York Yankees. You’re welcome, Yankee fans.

After the Oriole major league franchise folded, the Oriole name was used for a new minor league team of the Eastern League. The minor league Orioles played at Oriole Park IV, where baseball legend Babe Ruth got his start. The minor league Orioles would continue to play at Oriole Park IV till 1914. The next Oriole Park was first called Terrapin Park where shortly a team called the Baltimore Terrapins played. After only 2 seasons, the Terrapins and the Federal League folded, and the minor league Orioles took over in Terrapin Park. The Orioles would continue to play there until 1944 when a fire destroyed all of the Park. The team would play the rest and future games at Municipal Stadium. The Stadium was known as other names such as Venable Stadium and Baltimore Stadium. It was renovated and reconstructed to be able to host baseball and football and was renamed to Memorial Stadium. Memorial Stadium would be the host of two teams that were new to Baltimore, the incoming St. Louis Browns and Dallas Texans.

Memorial Stadium wouldn’t be the sixth Oriole Park because it was a shared facility, the sixth wouldn’t come until after Memorial Stadium had been past its prime and heyday. The building of Camden Yards for the sole purpose of baseball caused it to inherit and bring back the Oriole Park name.



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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: Hamiliton Outlaw

April 10th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Continuing with our Battle of the Bands lineup, we introduce Hamiliton Outlaw!

Hamilton Outlaw is a band of blue-collar city boys playing some dirty rock/blues with a punk edge. The members all come from punk/ska and metal backgrounds.  How it started: Mike Dee, singer for grind-n-roll band Monger, and singer/guitarist for punk rock band Head of Power decided he needed an outlet for some bluesy/rock stuff he had been writing. He banded together Sam Shapiro and Mike Clark (both in Head of Power) and Matt Hoey (Monger) to form Hamilton Outlaw.

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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: LOLLIPUNX

April 9th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

We’re back with your favorite Loyola artists presenting our next band of the week, LOLLIPUNX!

A five-member band based out of Baltimore, LOLLIPUNX brings the edge of punk with the fun of pop to all their music. Formed only in 2023, this group hit the ground running and won’t stop anytime soon.  Two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and female vocalist are the magic mix of what makes these guys rock.

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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: 242

April 8th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

Liz Kosik ’25

In honor of the best day of the year, WLOY is excited to announce of first Battle of the Bands spotlight: 242!

242 is a Maryland-based music collective known for their innovative sound, thought-provoking lyrics, and unwavering commitment to representing the essence of their community through music. The group’s diverse background, including West African, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences allows them to incorporate elements of culture into their music. Expertly fusing hip-hop, R&B, pop, and afro sounds, their music feels fresh and original with every listen. Check out all the members Kang, Sean-Michael, Damon Modarres, Chemx, Daviid, D E E P A K, Siewe, Cole Price

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Baltimore Sports History: Oriole Park 1-3

April 4th, 2024 by The Professor

by Andrew Ciofalo, host of After The Whistle

Today we all know and love Oriole Park at Camden Yards, its revolutionary design, the inclusion of the warehouse and much more make this Oriole Park feel like the great ballpark that it is. This isn’t the first Oriole Park however… It’s the sixth. The name Oriole Park has a great history and legacy that is often overshadowed.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been home to the Baltimore Orioles since its creation in 1992. When naming the stadium, Oriole Park and Camden Yards were the favorites. Owner at the time Eli Jacobs wanted Oriole Park to be the name when Governor William Schaefer wanted the name to be Camden Yards. The compromise is what we still see today: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is a classy name, but I also can’t help but think that the name is an ode to the previous Oriole Parks.

Previous Oriole Parks? 5 of them to be exact. The Oriole name has been used in Baltimore for teams and their playing fields since the 1880s. There were 5 different ‘Oriole Parks’ from 1883 to 1944. Today we’ll look at the original Oriole Park and its short-lived successor, Oriole Park II. Read the rest of this entry »



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AOTW: Omar Apollo – “Live For Me”

April 4th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Fiona Galang ’27

Album of the Week: Omar Apollo“Live For Me”

Released: October 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Frank Sativa, Noah Guy, Bruno Major, Clairo 

“Live For Me” by Omar Apollo is his newest alternative pop album. Apollo’s breakthrough song “Ugotme” got about 20,000 streams a day when it first came out in 2017. He’s released several EPs like Stereo (2018), Friends (2019), and now Live For Me (2024). In 2022, he released his first debut album called Ivory and he’s had various hit singles. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2023 Grammys. 

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On This Day: March 28

March 28th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1964: The Supremes become the first all-female group to have a Number 1 album on the US charts with their album “Where Did Our Love Go.”

2001: R&B singer Aaliyah releases her self-titled third album, which becomes a critical and commercial success.

2006: Shakira’s hit single “Hips Don’t Lie” is released, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

2010: The 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards takes place, featuring performances by artists such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

2014: Lorde’s single “Team” reaches number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming one of her biggest hits.



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AOTW: Declan McKenna – “What Happened to the Beach?”

March 28th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Fiona Galang ’27

Album of the Week: Declan McKenna“What Happened to the Beach?”

Released: February 2024

Rate: 6/10

RIYL: Djo, Domonic Fike, Surf Curse, The La’s

Declan McKenna is an Alternative/Indie UK singer and songwriter. He’s most known for his song “Brazil” which was actually criticizing the FIFA 2014 World Cup. McKenna is known for writing his music about things he feels strongly for and things that happen in his life. He released “Zeros” (2020) and now “What Happened to the Beach?” (2024).

This album features songs that fall under psychedelic pop, lo-fi, alternative funk, and more. It’s definitely one of his more experimental albums, the lyrics being more up to listeners’ interpretations rather than telling his own stories and opinions. Track 7 “Nothing Works” almost reminds me of Kid Cudi without the rap because of its psychedelic feel. My favorite by far is Track 5 “Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine,” it’s mellow but still upbeat.

I would listen to this album when I need to chill and contemplate life, some songs honestly feel a little sad. If you enjoyed “Brazil”, definitely check out his new album!



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