Alumni Spotlight


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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I Never Knew Celebrating Marcus Garvey

Sunday, August 16th, 2020 by The Professor

Join us as we celebrate the third anniversary of the I Never Knew Radio Show! Junior (’06) digs into the history and music celebrating Marcus Garvey with interviews and more. Watch for more interviews being added here from current and past greats.

Junior has become a media empire in the last few years! Not only has his YouTube channel passed 11 MILLION views, he’s now got a podcast “Baldhead & the Dread” with Autarchii and has launched his website INeverKnewTV.com and more things are coming. Enjoy the new show every week 9-11am Sunday with repeat airings 8-10am Wednesday and 10-noon Thursday. Big ups to Junior!



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New Show! The Indispensable Oyster

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 by The Professor

Host: Prof. David Belz

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!

(more…)



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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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I Never Knew Host in the Jamaica Observer

Friday, May 8th, 2020 by The Professor

I Never Knew Radio host and I Never Knew TV host Linton “Junior” Hinds (’06) found himself featured in the Jamaica Observer for his documentary story on roots tonics in Jamaica. In addition to hosting his weekly radio show here on WLOY, Junior has a massive catalog of videos on the history of Rastafarianism, African Diaspora, Reggae and Jamaican culture all housed on his YouTube channel. With more than 10 million views, it’s easy to understand why The Observer picked up on his work. More and more people are finding and sharing his important stories and interviews with artists, philosophers, medical professionals and more. Do yourself a favor and check out both the radio show (every Sunday 9-11am) and the YouTube channel. We know you’ll find yourself saying “I Never Knew…” more than once!



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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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