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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Baltimore Hit Parade pays tribute to singer-songwriter Michael Beresh

Michael Beresh, singer and songwriter and member of the Country Devils, passed away at the age of 40.

This past weekend, Baltimore’s music scene lost a key member when Michael Beresh passed away from natural causes at the age of 40. A solo artist and member of the Country Devils, Beresh lives on through his many songs. Here is a short tribute to Beresh which aired Tuesday night on Baltimore Hit Parade, and…

An Evening With Lower Dens at WTMD [Pictures]

Jana Hunter of Lower Dens at WTMD (Photo by Steve Parke)

On Thursday April 2, Baltimore’s Lower Dens performed an intimate live broadcast for a seated audience of 100 at WTMD’s performance studio. Led by singer Jana Hunter, the band performed songs from its critically acclaimed new album, “Escape From Evil,” which was released on Ribbon Music two days before the show. Steve Parke photographed the…

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner opens up about her songwriting process for new solo album

Baltimore singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner is working on a new full-length solo album under the name Flock of Dimes. (Photo by Mickey Freeland)

With Wye Oak on hiatus from touring, Jenn Wasner has been working on songs for her first full-length album for her solo project, Flock of Dimes. This month she’s on the road opening for Sylvan Esso, testing eight of her new tracks in front of live audiences. When she gets back, Wasner plans to work…

SOLD OUT – WTMD presents An Evening With Lower Dens April 2

Lower Dens will perform an intimate seated live broadcast at WTMD on April 2. Poster by Alex Fine Illustration.

UPDATE: This show is sold out. See you Thursday April 2! WTMD is excited to welcome Lower Dens, one of Baltimore’s most enigmatic bands, for a live broadcast with a seated studio audience on Thursday April 2. Lower Dens is adored by critics but still a well-kept secret among indie music fans. However, that may…

How to hit the high notes with Mark Mikina

Baltimore singer/songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes.

Baltimore singer-songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes. When people hear his music for the first time, they often wonder if the singer is a woman. In fact, Mark is a man. He used to play in the rock band Storm the Beaches, before setting out on his own. He’s gearing up…

Listen: Adam Lempel on Baltimore Hit Parade


Sam Sessa’s guest is Adam Lempel on this episode from the Batlimore Hit Parade Archives. Adam is a musician and composer who performs with the bands Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats as well as Weekends and Winks.