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Students shine on WLUW

Rocking the airwaves since the ‘70s, Loyola’s independent radio station WLUW (88.7 FM Chicago Sound Alliance) is home to a potpourri of music and talk programs run by volunteer student and community DJs. Check out these fully student-run specialty shows and tune in on the dial or online.

Sparks in the Scene with DJ Jules

Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sparks in the Scene is the passion project of alum Catie Vernon (BA ’13). She created the show three years ago to highlight Chicago’s local music scene, featuring everything from emo to bombastic math rock bands. Last year, Julie Waner joined Vernon as a co-host and has carried on the Sparks in the Scene legacy after Vernon graduated. Waner says she has shifted the show to a more punk rock focus, but still keeps a similar sound and brings locals into the studio for on-air interviews.

Currently spinning: Hop Along and Downtown Struts

Girl on Girl Radio with Emily and Gillian

Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Girl on Girl Radio isn’t quite as racy as it sounds; it’s a weekly music and talk show that engages in intelligent, entertaining conversations on feminism, gender, sexuality, and politics, and exclusively plays “lady jams”—songs by female musicians and vocalists. Senior journalism students Emily Olsen and Gillian McGhee came up with the idea for the show last spring after bonding over their passion for women’s issues, and got the show up and running in May. Full of giggles and sass, Girl on Girl Radio invites students and organizations on the show to foster a diverse dialogue on the issues at hand.

Currently spinning: Kate Nash and Jenny Owen Youngs

FM Expressive with The Beagle and DJ How?

Mondays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Seniors Justin Howe and Pat Behrens brought the FM Expressive to WLUW’s airwaves two years ago. Behrens says the show’s original focus was to “dive into a specific genre of music and study the history of that genre and its influences,” covering the likes of Afrobeat, dance punk, and trip hop. Though the music remains diverse, the FM Expressive has evolved over time to become a sort of on-air musical discovery show. Howe says the two decided to approach the show differently: “Let’s just not overstress meticulous prep work and just go with the flow–be loose with it. When it works, great. When it doesn’t, it’s just an exploration.”

Currently spinning: Young Marble Giants and Hiatus Kaiyote

The Hair Lair with DJ Izzy

Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Can’t seem to get up in the morning? Senior Paul Canavati has the morning show for you: wake up with The Hair Lair, a show dedicated to the ‘80s . Canavati joined WLUW last spring with a 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. graveyard shift as an independent radio DJ and upgraded this semester to a morning drive-time slot spinning his favorite 80’s hair jams. After his cousin’s hooked him at age 10, Canavati wanted to bring his love of the genre to the station, which he calls “one of the more creative genres of music.”

Currently spinning: Steelheart and Dokken

Eclectic Grooves with Cecil G

Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Senior Cecil Gardner dove right into WLUW with his specialty show, Eclectic Grooves, in February of 2013 without any prior radio experience. With 17 years of self-taught drumming under his belt, Gardner says his inspiration for Eclectic Grooves is “heavily rhythmic and rhythm-oriented music.” His set is always diverse and highlights genres like hip-hop, soul, funk, electronica, and indie rock. Gardner, who is also the co-music director at WLUW, says he got interested in DJing after suffering through college parties with less-than-awesome tunes: “I’m always the person at the party who has to change the music.”

Currently spinning: J Dilla and Fela Kuti

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