Baltimore Hit Parade

If it’s made in Baltimore, you’ll hear it on Baltimore Hit Parade — every Tuesday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

I'm Sam, WTMD's Baltimore Music Coordinator.

I’m Sam, WTMD’s Baltimore Music Coordinator.

Baltimore Hit Parade showcases the best of the Baltimore music scene through album cuts, live performances and interviews. Hosted by Sam Sessa, formerly The Baltimore Sun’s entertainment editor, the show is a weekly tour through Charm City’s music scene. Anything is fair game, including rock, pop, blues, bluegrass and experimental music.

With features like the Baltimore Backtrack, Sessa digs into the city’s music history to profile bands from decades past. And Baltimore musicians often select their favorite songs from fellow Baltimore musicians with Players’ Picks.

But WTMD’s commitment to Baltimore music goes beyond Baltimore Hit Parade. The station plays Baltimore bands every day, side-by-side with national artists. We believe quality music should be heard by all – no matter where it comes from.

Since he began hosting the show in 2006, Sam Sessa has interviewed hundreds of Baltimore bands, covered events such as South by Southwest and the Virgin Mobile Festival and contributed music news stories to the station’s daily shows.

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Announcing An Evening With Legends of Et cetera Feb. 25

WTMD hosts An Evening WIth this incredibly talented young band on Thursday Feb. 25. Photo by Leslie F. Miller.

WTMD is excited to announce An Evening With Legends of Et cetera, an intimate showcase broadcast live on-air from our performance studio, on Thursday Feb. 25. >>Tickets available here.<<< It’s hard to believe Legends of Et cetera is a high school band. This incredibly talented four-piece first came to our attention during last year’s Baltimore…

Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum), Super City to play free shows at BWI Marshall Airport baggage claim

Singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner, who performs solo as Flock of Dimes and with Andy Stack as Wye Oak, will play the BWI baggage claim on Friday Feb. 12.

WTMD and BWI Thurgood Marshall airport are pleased to announce that Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) and Super City will help kick off this year’s BWI Live concert series with free performances in the airport baggage claim. The series is part of an ongoing partnership between WTMD and BWI to…

Pictures: An Evening With Sun Club

Baltimore's own Sun Club performed live on air for a studio audience on Dec. 16 at the WTMD Studios. Photos by Steve Parke.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Baltimore’s own Sun Club blew the doors off the WTMD studios with a 50-minute set of high-velocity indie pop. Their music was like a caffeine rush — restless, energetic and above all, fun. Sun Club is having a breakout year — they signed to ATO Records, and have been featured in…

Sam Sessa’s top 10 Baltimore songs of 2015

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1. “Believe in Baltimore” by the Believe in Music kids (recorded at WTMD) One of the most positive and uplifting things to come out of the riots – lyrics written and sung by Baltimore middle schoolers, with help from members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration and many others. Because they believe. Listen to this…

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club Dec. 16

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Poster by Ghost Bat.

They’re wild. They’re crazy. And they’re one of Baltimore’s hottest young bands. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, WTMD is excited to present An Evening With Sun Club. Their debut album just came out on ATO Records (home to Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and more), and they’ve been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin and the Baltimore…

Tickets available for WTMD’s 70th birthday tribute to Divine!

WTMD's birthday tribute to Divine is Friday Oct. 16. Tickets: Poster by Alex Fine

On Friday, Oct. 16, WTMD is paying tribute to the actor, musician — and true Baltimore character — Divine, a few days before what would have been his 70th birthday. >>Tickets are available here<< Bobby E Lee & the Sympathizers, Pure Junk, Sweepstakes, Cowabunga Pizza Time and Ellen Degenerate will perform Divine’s songs. Single Carrot…