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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Listen: Lauren Ruth Ward on Baltimore Hit Parade


On this episode from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives, Sam Sessa has the first radio interview from talented and promising singer and songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward.

Listen: Roomrunner on Baltimore Hit Parade


Sam Sessa talks with Roomrunner on this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. Roomrunner is  a loud and heavy band who is releasing their new EP ‘Separate’ that has melodic and thoughtful passages.

Listen: Red Jones on Baltimore Hit Parade


In this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archive, Sam Sessa interviews Red Jones,  who has been picking the blues in Baltimore for almost 30 years.

Listen: Sun Club on Baltimore Hit Parade

sun club

Energetic Baltimore rock band Sun Club is Sam Sessa’s house band on this archive episode of Baltimore Hit Parade.

Dan Deacon talks new album ‘Gliss Riffer,’ the craziest place he’s ever played and more

Dan Deacon is one of Baltimore’s most popular and influential musicians. And after spending several years touring and recording with an ensemble of musicians, he went back to his roots as a solo artist for his new album, “Gliss Riffer” (out now on Domino Records). Since he moved to Baltimore in 2004, Dan has amassed some…

Listen: Kristen Toedtman on Baltimore Hit Parade

Kristen Toedtman

Soul singer songwriter Kristen Toedtman is live in studio to support her new album.