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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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Weekends becomes the loudest band to play WTMD

The cover to "New Humans," the most recent album from Weekends.

Moments before our live recording with Baltimore post-punk duo Weekends, I had a moment of pure terror when I realized they had plugged one guitar into three amps — two guitar amps and a bass amp. And they were all cranked. “I’ll be back in a minute,” I said, and ran to my desk to…

9 CDs I can’t believe I bought in the ’90s


Not long ago, I went back to my parent’s house, looked at my old CD collection and almost threw up in my mouth a little bit. It wasn’t just that I had gone to Sam Goody and paid $15.99 for “Spiceworld”  (the second album from the Spice Girls). The worst part was, I remember rocking…

Baltimore Backtrack – Hammerjacks calendar for October 1988

A look at the lineup for Hammerjack's in October of 1988

Ask anyone who was young in Baltimore back in the ’80s and they’ll talk your ear off about how great it was to go see bands at Hammerjacks. The club, which was torn down in 1997 to make way for an M&T Bank Stadium parking lot, hosted some of the biggest rock and hair metal…

Inside ‘Everything On It,’ WTMD’s first installation art exhibit

"The Worm" by Andrew Liang is part of "Everything On It," WTMD's first installation art exhibit.

Listen: ‘Everything On It’ Power rangers, teenage mutant ninja turtles and other whimsical figures dance along a giant black swirl painted on the wall inside WTMD’s conference room. In the lobby, the windows are dotted with dozens of black vinyl cutouts in different shapes and sizes. It’s all part of “Everything On It,” an exhibit created…

Baltimore Hit Parade Live with Celebration March 25

Baltimore Hit Parade Live March 25 2014

Join us for a free performance by psychedelic indie rockers Celebration, broadcast live on-air with a studio audience. Also: Single Carrot Theatre performs a scene from its upcoming production of “The Memo” and Ben O’Brien of Wham City Comedy shares his “Confessions of a Sensitive Man.”  

With Lorde, Preakness InfieldFest hits its stride

Teenage pop star Lorde headlines this year's Preakness InfieldFest. Photo by James K. Lowe.

Six years ago, when the Maryland Jockey Club announced that a music festival would replace the decades-long tradition of Preakness BYOB infield mayhem, fans were furious. A lineup featuring shlock rockers Buckcherry and the aging ZZ Top didn’t help, and attendance at the once-packed event plummeted. But in the following years, Preakness InfieldFest has become…