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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 1

Monday, October 26th, 2020 by The Professor

Story Prompt #1: Lake Montebello

Maya and her family were taking a walk at Lake Montebello on a bright sunny day. Other kids were riding their bikes and bird watching when their dog Casper suddenly ran towards a tree. When Maya went to go investigate she saw that Casper was digging a hole. Maybe he found something she thought, so she began to help him dig. Maya had been digging for a while when the rock she had been using hit something metal. Maya had found a metal box. She opened it and was surprised….

What Happens Next ?

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NOTE: Since we are relaunching the show and have a ton of information going out to the world, we will hold this episode open until November 9th!



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Album of the Week: Death Bells – “New Signs of Life”

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: September 25th, 2020

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Joy Division, The Smiths, Iceage, Interpol, Shame, Protomartyr, Death of Lovers, Fotocrime

Australian band Death Bells has released their highly anticipated second album, “New Signs of Life.” The band’s love for new wave is clearly heard in this guitar-driven album, making it a perfect listen for any indie 80s music fan.

“New Signs of Life” opens with a prominent guitar riff in “Heavenly Bodies,” perhaps the most rock influenced track. “A Different Kind of Happy” features a more optimistic outlook and includes a classic new wave guitar riff sound, as well as distorted dreamy vocals. This album has the perfect vintage sound, while remaining new and unique. Check “New Signs of Life,” now available for streaming and purchase!



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Indispensable Oyster – Show 2

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 by The Professor

Host: Prof. David Belz

Welcome to another episode of The Indispensable Oyster, 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 glimpse into the lives of two Loyola alums who’ve turned making smoothies into a mission to help the Loyola community stay healthy.

Mark Rohde, ’76 and Cindy Campagna Rohde, ’78 met as varsity athletes at Loyola and the chemistry was irresistible. A basketball standout from 1972-1976, Mark scored a career 1,103 points, ranking him 20th on the all-time Loyola scoring list. He served as Loyola’s Sports Information Director, head tennis coach, and assistant basketball coach in the late 1970s. Cindy was a three-sport, nine-letter athlete in basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse. They are only the second husband-wife duo in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame. The Rohdes own and operate the Smoothie King on Cold Spring Lane, just blocks from the Evergreen campus.



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Song of the Week: “Lavender” by Vacations

Friday, October 9th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

By Aly Martinez

“When I first heard this song what really caught my attention was how fun it sounded. I for one am partial to any type of music that makes me want to stand up and dance around my room and that is definitely something that this song inspires. The lightheartedness of the lyrics goes perfectly with its indie-pop sound. It’s a perfect song for just hanging out or driving around with the windows down while you take in that last bit of summer!”

Definitely a song to add to your study playlist in the midst of midterms!

Check out the video or more about Vacations!



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Rising Artist TOKYO’S REVENGE Releases “GOTHAM” Music Video

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by The Professor

By Kelley Chan

TOKYO’S REVENGE, a twenty-year-old multigenre artist from Geffen Records, has recently released the music video for his new single “GOTHAM.” This rising artist is known and loved across the world, with his previous hit single “GOODMORNINGTOKYO!” reaching #2 on the Rolling Stone’s Trending 25 chart, #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, and more.

Through Tokyo’s new rise to fame, he has remained anonymous, making fans more curious to know who he is. On September 16th, WLOY Loyola Radio was able to hear from TOKYO’S REVENGE speak about his musical background, influences, and inspirations. (more…)



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Album of the Week: Declan McKenna – “Zeros”

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed by Anna Markulis

Released: September 4th 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Wallows, Peach Pit, HUNNY, The Honeysticks, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant

“Zeros” is British indie-pop artist Declan McKenna’s second full-length album that is available now for purchase and streaming. McKenna procured a spot on the Billboard Top 20 after self-releasing his first single “Brazil” at age 16. In 2017, he released his first album “What Do You Think About the Car?” which gained him a loyal fan base and left listeners eager for new music.

“Zeros” features 80s inspired songs such as “You Better Believe!!!” and “The Key To Life On Earth” that will uplift anyone who listens. Despite the majority of these songs being upbeat with electronic synth tones, “Zeros” also features songs with a calmer acoustic guitar atmosphere that is apparent in “Emily” and “Eventually, Darling.” There is a song guaranteed for everyone, no matter their taste or mood. Be sure to give it a listen!



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The Baltimore Furniture Bank BKIND Campaign

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

The Baltimore Furniture Bank is a non-profit that collects gently used furniture from universities, businesses and members of the public to distribute to kids who needs solid workstations to improve their virtual learning experience.

WLOY is supporting the Baltimore Furniture Bank’s initiative with online bingo board donation games through the end of October. Head over to our Instagram (@/wloy_radio), screenshot it, and start a game of your own! Donations may be made through Venmo (@/baltimore-furniturebank) or the GoFundMe. All donors will be entered into our raffle for band swag and WLOY merch. (more…)



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It’s World College Radio Day!

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by The Professor

It’s time! Join us and more than 600 college stations around the world for a joyful celebration of college radio, its DJs and its music. WLOY is joining the mix with 24 hours of great shows and special guests. Jump in with us whenever you can because it’s a day of special treats. Not one but 2 documentary pieces about college radio, the award-winning “Voices of COVID-19” feature by Loyola students, and a ton of alumni shows. We also have 5 special shows from other stations around the country to highlight our launch of the International Local Music Exchange!

    World College Radio Day Lineup

12:00 Welcome to World College Radio Day Blend
01:00 International Local Music Exchange with WUSC
02:00 Flashback show by current DJ Nicole Destefanis “Beach Bops”
03:00 International Local Music Exchange with KCSU
04:00 Vintage Alumni – Jonny C’s First Vinyl Show P1
05:00 Vintage Alumni – Jonny C’s First Vinyl Show P2
06:00 International Local Music Exchange with WRFL
07:00 Loyola student’s Award-Winning “Voices of COVID” radio feature
08:00 International Local Music Exchange with WGMU
09:00 I Never Knew Radio H1 (DJ Linton Hinds – alumnus)
10:00 I Never Knew Radio H2 (DJ Linton Hinds – alumnus)
11:00 International Local Music Exchange with KBVR
12:00 Moldie Oldies Show H1 (DJ Nick Centanni – alumnus)
01:00 Moldie Oldies Show H2 (DJ Nick Centanni – alumnus)
02:00 Flashback show by current DJ Ryan Flood “Flood Watch”
03:00 Quarantine Takeover – Matt Weitzel/Breakforth (alumnus)
04:00 Documentary – 10 Years of College Radio Day
05:00 International Local Music Exchange with WLOY
06:00 Documentary – The World College Radio Day Global Marathon
07:00 Retro Eddie’s Retro Rockin Road Show H1
08:00 Retro Eddie’s Retro Rockin Road Show H2
09:00 Quarantine Takeover – B. Newb (alumnus)
10:00 Hip-Hop Revisited with Saleem H1
11:00 Hip-Hop Revisited with Saleem H2



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WLOY gets mention in Radio World Magazine (again)

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 by The Professor

We love it when we get some press, especially in the likes of trade magazine Radio World. Professor Rob Quicke from William Paterson University wrote an article covering college radio station spring reactions and fall preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic in Radio World Magazine. WLOY gets a bit of coverage for both spring and fall and mention of our fantastic Quarantine Takeover show series. Yay us!



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Album of the Week: Cayucas – “Blue Summer”

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Cayucas Blue Summer Reviewed by Anna Markulis
Release: September 25th, 2020

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Beach Boys, Beck, Real Estate, Allah-Las, Beach Fossils

Brothers Zach and Ben Yudin from Santa Monica return with more California summer-inspired music in their fourth album, “Blue Summer.” While COVID-19 forced us to stay home this summer, Cayucas instantly transports you to the warm carefree feeling of summer in California; driving with the windows down, surfing at the beach, enjoying the warmth without a care in the world. Cayucas takes the summer surf sound of the Beach Boys and transforms it into a new modern indie sound of their own in this album. You truly feel like you’re at the beach when listening to “Blue Summer.” (more…)



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