Become a DJ In Your PJs!

September 18th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Are you experiencing screen fatigue? Do you listen to music to rest your eyes from online classes? Share your smashing songs from your Spotify playlist with others who feel the same way! WLOY Loyola Radio encourages you to become a DJ! Just like in our physical studio, when you do a show you don’t need to show your face! Show up in your PJs as a WLOY DJ!

Our station is flexible, just let us know when you are available!

Whether you want to do a one-time gig or host more frequently, we invite you to reach out to us!

Contact our General Manager Mackenzie Britt at MSBritt@loyola.edu for inquiries and details on how to get started today.



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Album of the Week: Peel – “Peel”

November 17th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: November 12th , 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Bauhaus, Yves Tumor, No Joy, Disq, Sorry, Spirit of the Beehive

The musical duo Sean Cimino and Isom Innis have just released their newest self-titled album, Peel. Peel recalls the recording sessions which took place in the band’s downtown LA loft and their efforts of creating a “wall of sound.” Their high ceilings and concrete floor created their signature cavernous sound present in Peel.

Peel’s 1980s New Wave influences and echoey shoegaze vocals presents a unique atmospheric sound that can be the soundtrack to any part of your day. While the lyrics of tracks like “Citizen X” and “Persona” are simple and repetitive, the simplicity perfectly complements the layered distorted guitar riffs and vocals. Check out Peel now on iTunes and other streaming platforms!



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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 2

November 16th, 2020 by The Professor

Story Prompt #2: The Hampdenfest Lost Dog

Every year at Hamdenfest the whole community of Baltimore comes together to have fun and participate in an extravaganza of events and activities in Hamden Town Center Park. Dylan had asked his parents if he could go get ice cream so they gave him $5. On his way to the ice cream stan Dylan saw a golden retriever on the sidewalk and walked toward it. He saw that the dog looked hungry so he decided to buy some dog treats instead. He gave them to the dog and….

What Happens Next?

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Jonas Carping Interview

November 10th, 2020 by The Professor

By: Aly Martinez, Music Director
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jonas Carping, a folk (or Americana or ?) artist from Sweden about his new album “Strangers.” In the interview we really went in depth on inspiration and the process of making music. Jonas gave great insight on the importance of being true to the music and having everything be as real and raw as possible. We also discussed the importance of family and friends and the way they have shaped his career and music. We also talked about how he has been doing with the pandemic and how that has affected his life and career. Overall we had a very interesting conversation about music and the inspiration behind his work.



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Album of the Week: Okey Dokey – “Once Upon One Time”

November 6th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: October 23rd, 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Dent May, Infinite Bisous, Loving, Kid Bloom, Vista Kicks

Once Upon One Time is Okey Dokey’s third album and their most unique yet. With the help of Dave Harrington of Darkside, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, and band members of The Shins and My Morning Jacket, this album embodies a variety of styles that come together perfectly.

“Big City” features a funky bassline that hooks the listener, while “Just You” experiments with a dream pop-inspired sound. “Wine Friends” is the perfect combination of an acoustic and dreamy sound, and “Feel Brand New” truly feels like a brand-new sound that features more influences of dream pop, as well as folk-rock.



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Song of the Week: “Stumble On My Way” by Norah Jones

November 2nd, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Aly Martinez
This song has the same vibes as many of the other songs of the week. I think with the current environment, having chill music to listen to is definitely a necessity. This song has a soft sound and amazing vocals. It brings to you to a place where you can focus on the great lyrics and the mellow vibe of the song. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of life, I would listen to this song.



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Album of the Week: Mr. Gnome – “The Day You Flew Away”

November 1st, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: October 16th, 2020

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: Soccer Mommy, Alex G, Big Thief, Jay Som, Lana Del Rey

Indie rock band Mr. Gnome takes us on a surreal, psychedelic journey through the heartbreak and happiness of life in their new album, The Day You Flew Away. This is Mr. Gnome’s fifth album and will be available for streaming and purchase on October 16th.

The Day You Flew Away is truly the pinnacle of Mr. Gnome’s creative work. While the general theme of this album focuses on the astral realm above with songs like “Space Opera,” “The Moon,” and “Psychonaut,” the meaning is quite the opposite, exploring emotions and the struggles of life on earth. Mr. Gnome experiments with this galactic psychedelic sound while still remaining true to their classic indie-rock roots in The Day You Flew Away. You do not want to miss out on this astral journey through time and space. Be sure to give this a listen!



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Halloween Dead Air

October 31st, 2020 by The Professor

Join us for the finale of the last month of Dead Air radio shows. It’s time for the 2 hour 2019 special 10pm to Midnight on Halloween (and Sunday night for good measure) followed by the ALL NEW 2020 Dead Air Special at midnight both nights! Enjoy DJ Terence Hannum’s exploration of things that go thump in the night and possibly shriek a tad too… from infamous and obscure movies as well as some pretty infamous composers, you’re in for a Halloween treat!



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Quarantine Takeover – Brodown Spooktacular

October 27th, 2020 by The Professor

Well it’s Halloween week and so you know we have a lot of odd things to throw your way. Let’s start with the 3rd times a charm return of Doc Pine & Bobby bringing us their “Brodown Spooktacular” show for this week’s Quarantine Takeover. After three episodes it’s starting to seem like they enjoy these shows. You know this one will be full of haunted delights both classic and new as Doc works on Bobby’s musical edumacashun. Check it out and see what they have in store. And stick with us for Moldie Oldies on Wednesday and Retro Eddie’s Halloween show on Friday, before the new Dead Air at midnight on Halloween!



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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 1

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”

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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