Alumni Spotlight


New Show! The Indispensable Oyster

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 by The Professor

We welcome another new show to WLOY! The Indispensable Oyster is a conversation with people of interest about subjects Loyola, Baltimore and beyond, produced by WLOY Radio in cooperation with Right Brain Creative Services. Join our host author and professor David Belz for a new series of shows starting with poet Donald Vincent.

Donald Vincent, ’10—is an award-winning Loyola alum, teacher, poet, hip hop artist, and social activist. Donald’s first collection of poetry, Convenient Amnesia (Broadstone Books, July 2020) has garnered immediate critical success. Vincent holds a BA in Writing and Public Relations from Loyola and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. He hosts the “Mr.Hip Presents” reading series and currently teaches literature and writing at Emerson College and in the Writing Program at UCLA.



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I Never Knew Radio Show Interviews

Sunday, July 12th, 2020 by The Professor

I Never Knew Radio’s host Junior (Linton Hinds ’06) has done an incredible array of interviews with an equally incredible number of artists and members of the culture Reggae community. He reaches out to discuss history, culture and music with some famous artists and some soon-to-be-famous ones as well. Listen to their weekly reasonings on many aspects of Reggae in every show Sunday 9-11am and, in case you miss them, check out the roster of past interviews all conveniently collected here for you. Listen and learn the message is in the music and the music is in the message every week on I Never Knew Radio.



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Quarantine Takeover Show – Surf Harp

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 by The Professor

photo: Micah E. Wood

This week we feature our first International Quarantine Takeover show! Local artists Surf Harp are currently globally divided with Jeff still in Japan but they made it work. With some magical technology, you can hear them all together although Jeff Koplovitz is in Japan, and Phil Bolton and Chris Sweeney are in Baltimore. Surf Harp is a great local band that also has some roots in WLOY (it’s possible some of them were DJs…) and a band that won Battle of the Bands under a slightly different lineup and sound.

What is Surf Harp? Art rock. Kraut pop. Smooth vibes. 5 piece Baltimore band with latest full length, “MR. BIG PICTURE”, out now on Friends Records. Currently operating in Baltimore and Osaka in preparation for LP3. Featured on Bandcamp Daily, Medium, Tiny Mix Tapes, etc.

Spoiler alert click to see the playlist (more…)



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Keznamdi Interview – INK

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 by The Professor

This week on I Never Knew Radio our host Junior sits down for a reasoning interview with the talented Keznamdi.

Coming from an incredibly gifted family, Keznamdi is the son to Dr. Kerida ‘Goldilocks’ McDonald a Rastafari Harvard graduate and reggae artist who has worked with UNICEF for over 20 years. Keznamdi is also the brother of reggae singer Kelissa, Miss Jamaica finalist Kamila, naturopathic doctor Kamani, and UN International school graduate Kadiya.

In this interview Keznamdi speaks about growing up in musical and intellectual household, leaving college to pursue music, and creating his new album ‘Bloodline’



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Quarantine Takeover Show – B. Newb

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 by The Professor

Up next on the Quarantine Takeover Show roster (Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm) is a 27 year old MC out of Baltimore, MD. He might also be a 2015 WLOY graduate and past winner of our Battle of the Bands. He draws influences from his own experiences as well as his friends’ to create music that focuses on storytelling. Inspired by Kid Cudi, Andre 3000, and Childish Gambino.

His motto: Just be yourself. Did we mention the banana costume? That’s a story for another day… Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the artist we know as Brandon, and you know as B. Newb!

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Quarantine Takeover Show – Breakforth

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 by The Professor

This week’s Quarantine Takeover show is hosted by bassist, lead singer and former WLOY DJ Matt Weitzel! Breakforth is a Hard Rock/Post Grunge band with Heavy Metal influences from Baltimore, Maryland. Driving the heart of Breakforth is the chest thumping, gut busting, drum work of Seth Champness Smith. This is complimented by the catchy, yet hard hitting, and unapologetic guitars of Paul Gambichler. Rounding out Breakforth is the rock solid bass grooves and powerful, melodic vocals of Matt Weitzel. The most important thing to us is the music. Our never ending goal is to Breakforth from the norm and bring to the table music that moves people physically and emotionally and lyrics that can inspire others just as our heroes have inspired us. So prepare to jam with one of the hardest rocking bands in the Baltimore music scene. Matt’s going heavy with the show as you can guess, but he’s a pro – currently working at a hard rock FM station here in town that you can find between 97-99 on the dial 🙂 What’s he going to play you ask? That seems like a spoiler so you’ll have to click to see more if you want. Better yet, listen in to find out why he picked these tracks and what’s up with the band! (more…)



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Moldie Oldies – New Shows Weekly

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 by The Professor

WLOY may be locked down but our DJs are still making shows! Like clockwork Nick Centanni (’11) sends in a new Moldie Oldies show from his bunker every week – loaded with vintage classic hits from the 50s-70s. Don’t forget to sit up straight and straighten your tie when Frank “The Chainman of the Board” Sinatra makes an appearance or yell a joyous “ELVIS!” at the arrival of The King. Tune in every Wednesday at 10am for 2 hours of great music, terrible jokes, random alumni callers and lots of fun. It’s like AM Rock Radio never went away!



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I Never Knew Radio – New Shows Weekly

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 by The Professor

Yes, the campus is closed, but that doesn’t stop our shows! Listen in every week as Junior (’06) presents a new 2 hour episode of I Never Knew full of culture reggae tracks (new and old) along with mighty reasoning from some of the most important figures in reggae. Celebrate the music and culture 9-11am on Sundays with repeats 8-10am Wednesday and 10-12pm Thursdays before Crucial Cuts.

Together we also mourn the recent loss of classic reggae musician, producer, and more Bob Andy, and the founder of Power of Reggae Father German 🙁 Junior continues to celebrate their memories on upcoming shows.



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ATW Sits Down with Jay O’Brien ’05

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 by Stefan Joyce

On Nov. 15, WLOY’s After the Whistle team headed down to M&T Bank Stadium for an exclusive interview with Jay O’Brien, the VP of Broadcasting and Gameday Operations for the Ravens organization. O’Brien was a part of Loyola’s College class of 2005. He worked at WLOY and The Greyhound during his time at the college.

Below is the full interview with O’Brien. Check back to WLOY.org for more content from Loyola’s premier sports talk radio show, After the Whistle!

Follow After the Whistle on Twitter @WLOYatw and Instagram @wloy_afterthewhistle



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Jon Winslow and Peter Royall at Coffeehouse 11/7

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Jon Winslowjon winslow and peter royall poster tan with people // WLOY is a folk rock band from Baltimore.  The band consists of Loyola alumni members Taylor DeBoer with vocals and guitar, Casey Miller on guitar, Ryan Zadera on guitar, Maria Dontas with vocals, Aaron Perseghin on bass, and Chris Sweeney on drums.  Their debut EP was just released this past March, and it centers around the life and experiences of band member and songwriter Taylor DeBoer. The lyrics are both personal to DeBoer and familiar to any listener, covering topics like family, childhood, love, young adulthood, loneliness, and hope. Originally from Maryland, Peter Royall graduated from Loyola in 2015 and actually got his start as a singer/songwriter at WLOY open mic nights.  With musical influences in indie folk, acoustic rock and pop, this will be a great show for you to come chill out to while doing your homework or grabbing a coffee friends.  So come to Starbucks this Thursday, anytime between 8-10pm, to support these talented Loyola graduates and catch a great show! See you there.



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