Ask Iggy - Spring 2013

 Dear Iggy,

What are the words to the Loyola Alma Mater?

The words are:

Hail Alma Mater Loyola. All Hail tower of strength and a beacon of truth.
Thine is the courage that never shall fail. Courage imparted to men and to youth.
Bearing thy standard of maroon and gold, we shall be true to our heritage old.
Loyal to God, to country, and thee, loyal Loyola with thy loyalty.
Youthful in years, in traditions, and fame thou, as descendant of shield without taint.
Reach through the centuries blessed by thy name of a student, a soldier and saint.
Bearing thy standard of maroon and gold, we shall be true to our heritage old.
Loyal to God, to country, and thee, loyal Loyola with thy loyalty.

Dear Iggy,

What role did Loyola play in the creation of WWL radio and TV?

Loyola’s pioneering radio station, WWL, which was referred to as “World Wide Loyola,” was born of an experiment in an early laboratory for wireless technology. Fr. Anton (Anthony) Kunkel, the future head of Loyola’s physics program, set up a wireless receiver on the St. Charles property in 1909, before the chartering of the university, and he and Fr. Albert Biever bought a transmitter for $150. WWL developed into a licensed radio station and was used in 1922 as a publicity stunt to launch Loyola’s first capital campaign. Fr. Orie Abell, an irrepressible visionary who came to Loyola in 1924, transformed a barely viable station into a powerful and profitable commercial venture. In 1929, WWL went on the air with 5,000 watts. In 1957, WWL expanded to television. The income of WWL, with the exception of operating expenses and capital improvements, went entirely to Loyola. When the university sold WWL in 1989, the proceeds provided the greater part of Loyola’s impressive endowment.

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