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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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Meet ‘Test Patterns’ artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn

Artists Jessie Unterhalter (left) and Katey Truhn typically work on outdoor installations, but they're going indoors for "Test Patterns" at WTMD.

At 7 p.m. Friday, WTMD hosts the opening reception to “Test Patterns,” a new installation by artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn featuring videos by Robby Rackleff. (The exhibit is a partnership with BmoreArt, curated by Alex Ebstein.) Unterhalter and Truhn studied together at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and became artistic partners in…

What’s My Lyric: Civil rights photographer Robert Houston reads ‘Logic of Color’ by Wye Oak

Robert Houston documented the Civil Rights movement with photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others. Portrait by J.M. Giordano.

Great songs can mean different things to different people. And hearing Robert Houston, who photographed many of the luminaries of the Civil Rights movement, read the lyrics to Wye Oak’s song “Logic of Color” gives the song a stark new perspective. Houston is one of several subjects of “Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black…

Bono gives Future Islands some love in Rolling Stone

Future Islands!

2014 just keeps getting better for Baltimore’s Future Islands. They were a huge hit on Letterman. Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire, joined them on stage to play their single “Seasons (Waiting On You).” And thousands came out to see them play for free at Hampdenfest last month. Now, they can add another…

New art exhibit ‘Test Patterns’ opens 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at WTMD

A mural by Baltimore artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, who, along with Robby Rackleff, are transforming the WTMD Studios with "Test Patterns."

Artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn have turned outdoor public spaces into vibrant works of art, and video artist Robby Rackleff has transformed pure color into complex animation. Now, they’re re-imagining the WTMD Studios with a new art exhibit, “Test Patterns.” It’s a partnership between WTMD and BmoreArt, curated by Alex Ebstein and featuring screen…

What’s My Lyric: Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s dramatic reading of ‘Stab My Face’

Actor Derek Vaughan Brown, a member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

Because life isn’t dramatic enough, we’d like to introduce “What’s My Lyric,” a new occasional feature on Baltimore Hit Parade where Baltimore actors give dramatic readings of the lyrics to Baltimore songs. Our first guest, Derek Vaughan Brown (pictured), is a member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. They’re about to debut their new production,…

WTMD’s 5 emerging stars of Baltimore’s music scene, as heard on The World Cafe

Baltimore experimental rockers Celebration are one of the city's rising stars.

Yesterday, NPR’s the World Cafe spotlighted Baltimore’s music and culture as part of the show’s “Sense of Place Series.” Host David Dye had a session with breakout stars Future Islands, and led a tour through Baltimore music past and present — with some help from the WTMD staff. One of Dye’s segments was a list…