John Devecka on WLOY, the Baltimore Music Scene, and the Olympics

By April Arnold  |  Photos by John Devecka

What do Baltimore, the Olympics, and Haiti have in common?

Loyola’s own John Devecka.

For more than a decade, Devecka has been operations manager at WLOY, Loyola’s student-run radio station. He’s been honing students’ talents in the studio and through community service. Devecka is also a winner of Loyola’s AMDG award for extraordinary initiative.

Devecka sat down with Loyola magazine to talk more about his experiences in broadcasting.

Who was the biggest celebrity to stop by WLOY?

The coolest recent event was when the band Motion City Soundtrack came in to the studio while we were also doing a fundraiser to benefit Haiti. They agreed to do a meet and greet so we were able to raffle off tickets to raise even more money. The studio was packed with very excited students!

What was it like to work on a project for the ‘96 Olympics?

At the time, I was working for LPB Communications and we provided a language translation system that was built into the stadium. When the crew installed it they had the aesthetics of the stadium in mind, and so put the wire behind the lower deck seating, which ended up blocking the signal of the antenna. We fixed it, but there was a lot of last minute scrambling before the opening ceremony. I didn’t get to stay to watch the games, but they did send me some great souvenirs!

If you could pick any musician to play WLOY who would it be and why?

That’s a tough one! There are a lot of different artists I’d like to have play. My personal favorite band is the Cowboy Junkies. I think the students would love them. My other choices would be the Fitz and the Tantrums, Of Monsters and Men, and Gary Clark, Jr.

Do you have a favorite Baltimore venue?

I finally got to see the Soundstage in Baltimore on Market Place by the Inner Harbor. It’s very nice venue even for just being a fairly simple, square box. I like the variety of bands that perform there, everything from hardcore metal to New Orleans jazz. The 8×10 club on East Cross Street is another excellent venue because of its fun, intimate space.

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