DJ Spotlight: The Mint Show

December 8th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show Name: The Mint Show

DJ: Liz Ottenritter ’25

When: Thursdays @ 4-5PM

Q: Name of your show along with a brief description

A: The Mint Show is a blend of cool indie rock/pop and alternative before dinner.

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On This Day: December 7

December 7th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in music history…

1. 2019: Ozzy Osbourne offered $25,000 as a reward for the return of stolen instruments previously owned by his late guitarist Randy Rhoads after the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, was robbed on Thanksgiving night. The stolen instruments included Rhoads’ first electric guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, as well as a rare Marshall prototype made specifically for Rhoads.

2. 1995: American rock band The Grateful Dead break up after the death of Jerry Garcia.

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

December 5th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Grunge

RIYL: Smashing Pumpkins, Temple of the Dog, Bush, Mudhoney

Alt-grunge holds a relatively recent birthday, arising in the early 1990s as a subgenre of alternative rock. Drawing influences from punk, hard rock, and heavy metal, alt-grunge presents a broad range of distorted and angst-ridden sounds. The music often features heavy guitar riffs, powerful drum beats, and emotionally charged vocals that range from melodic to guttural screams. Its rebellious and introspective lyrics explored themes of alienation, social criticism, and personal struggles, resonating with a generation looking for music that mirrored their disillusionment and frustration. Alt-grunge continues to leave an indelible mark on the music industry.

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DJ Spotlight: The Starry Night Show

November 24th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show Name: The Starry Night Show

DJs: Nez Blaho & Sophie LaBella ’24

When: Saturdays @ 8 PM

Q: Name of your show along with a brief description

A: The Starry Night Show: Every Saturday from 8-9pm, we play a variety of songs, from oldies to alternative, to the songs you loved in middle school. Every set kicks off with Avril Lavigne and slows down by the end of the night. We talk about all things music and pop culture and aim to play our personal favorite songs!

Q: Why did you choose to host a show at WLOY?

A: We went to a tabling event for WLOY and fell in love with the idea of being DJs. Both of us wanted to be able to host a show where we had total control of the music and our topics of discussion and felt that WLOY was a perfect outlet for that.

Q: What is your favorite part of hosting a show at WLOY?

A: Listening to (and enjoying) all our songs live in the studio during recording!

Q: Top played artist/s on your show:

A: Avril Lavigne

Q: Word of advice for prospective DJs

A: Try out new songs from the CD library!! Pick out a random album and search it on Apple Music/Spotify to branch out your taste! There are some amazing artists inside the library that are overlooked and have great songs for you to air on your show!

WLOY thanks Nez and Sophie for their mutual love of music and dedication to the station! Tune in to “The Starry Night Show” on Saturdays from 8-9 PM

 



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On This Day: November 23

November 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in history…

  1. 2015: Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. One Direction was named favorite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row and Ariana Grande was the surprise winner of Best Female, beating Taylor Swift.
  2. 1992: Miley Cyrus is born Destiny Hope Cyrus in Franklin, Tennessee. Nicknamed “Smiley,” later shortened to “Miley,” she is the first child of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She also has a famous godmother: Dolly Parton.

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

November 22nd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Garage Rock

RIYL: The Sonics, The Kingsmen, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant 

Garage rock is a subgenre that emerged in the mid-1960s as a raw and gritty form of rock music. It originated in the United States, particularly in cities like Detroit and Los Angeles, where young musicians were influenced by the aggressive and energetic sound of British Invasion bands. Garage rock bands have a do-it-yourself ethos, with minimal production and a focus on catchy guitar riffs, simple song structures, and rebellious, sometimes politically-influenced lyrics. Garage rock laid the foundation for alternative music, as its independent and DIY sound-influenced movements like punk and indie rock.

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DJ Spotlight: The Discovery Hour

November 17th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show Name: The Discovery Hour

DJ: Ellie Reynolds ’25

When: Wednesdays @ 3PM

Q: Name of your show, short description:

A: The Discovery Hour is a show covering alt-rock and indie pop from the 90s-2010s that airs every Wednesday from 3-4PM The show will have you dancing to M83, then laying on your floor listening to Arctic Monkeys and experiencing every emotion in between. There’s a little something for everyone on the Discovery Hour, and you might just discover something yourself.

Q: Why did you choose to host a show at WLOY?

A: I started as a first-year when WLOY roped me in at the club fair and I fell in love with college radio! It is such a cool and unique opportunity to share the music that I love with the world. It is such an awesome creative outlet for me.

Q: What are the top artists played on your show?

A: Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, The Wombats

Q: Piece of advice for prospective DJs?

A: Don’t take yourself too seriously- WLOY is fun!

Q: Additional comments:

A: John Devecka is a superhero.

WLOY thanks Ellie for his mutual love of music and dedication to the station! Tune in to “The Discovery Hour” on Wednesdays from 3-4PM. 🙂

 



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Winterpalooza 2023 is December 8th!

November 16th, 2023 by The Professor

Celebrate the end of classes with a FREE giant holiday bash featuring live music and free stuff! Performances from Battle of the Bands 2022 winners Crown Me King, fantastic Baltimore bands Natural Velvet and Super City! Free hot cocoa, ugly sweater contest and MORE!!



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DJ Spotlight: The Power Hour

November 10th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show Name: The Power Hour

DJ: Ben Ostrowski ’24

When: Thursdays @ 5PM

Q: Name of your show, short description:

A: “The Power Hour,” playing the best of the alt-rock and pop-punk worlds

Q: Why did you choose to host a show at WLOY?

A: I was inspired by the video game Forza Horizon 3 to do my show. While I drive around in my fancy cars, the in-game radio station I tune into is an alt-rock station playing the likes of blink-182 and The 1975. The commentary given by the host was always funny and witty to me, and I wanted to be the funny/cool guy talking on the radio, so here I am! There’s nothing better than sitting in the studio jamming out to my favorite songs and being able to share my music with the world.

Q: What are the top artists played on your show?

A: Waterparks and The Maine

Q: Piece of advice for prospective DJs?

A: Don’t worry about if you won’t be “good enough.” Yes, it’s a new skill you must acquire, but we’re here to enjoy ourselves more than anything!

WLOY thanks Ben for his mutual love of music and dedication to the station! Tune in to “The Power Hour” on Thursdays from 5-6 PM. 🙂



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On This Day: November 9

November 9th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

WLOY is excited to bring you the new weekly series “On This Day…” that will showcase some of the most famous events, releases, and birthdays of our time. From legendary album releases to iconic performances, tune in each week to discover something new about your favorite artists. Without further ado let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in history.

  1. 2002: Eminem hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first time when “Lose Yourself,” from his movie 8 Mile, tops the chart.
  2. 2002: Madonna breaks The Beatles‘ record for most Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 when “Die Another Day” goes to #8, giving her 35 Top 10 hits on the chart.
  3. 1999: Fiona Apple releases her second album. The title is 90 90-word long poem, so it is usually listed as When The Pawn…
  4. 1993: The first Wu-Tang Clan album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is released. The album becomes a hardcore rap landmark and proof that a 9-man hip-hop collective can succeed.
  5. 1973: Billy Joel releases his second album, Piano Man. The title track, based on his nights performing at a piano bar in Los Angeles called The Executive Room, becomes his first hit when it peaks at #25 in America.


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