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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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…

Announcing ‘Believe in Baltimore,’ helping kids make sense and music out of the Baltimore riots

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

WTMD parters with Believe in Music at the Living Classrooms Foundation to give at-risk students a chance to tell their stories. Members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration, the Bridge and others join in. >>Download the song for free here.<< Several Baltimore middle school students in Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music Program have come together…

Sisqo and the making of ‘The Thong Song,’ 15 years later

15 years after "The Thong Song" peaked on the Billboard charts, R&B singer Sisqo shares the stories behind his most notorious single (Handout image, graphic by Jason George)

A devilish grin flashes across the face of R&B singer Sisqo when he thinks about the first time he laid eyes on the undergarment that inspired his most notorious song. “I was like, ‘Hey, what’s that?,’” he said. “‘What is that — whatever you’re garnishing — that has me all starry-eyed?’” Loved by many, reviled…

Sisqo’s ‘The Thong Song’ re-imagined by Horse Lords, TT the Artist, Wing Dam and more

7 Baltimore artists re-interpret Sisqo's "The Thong Song"

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the summer of “The Thong Song,” we asked 7 Baltimore musicians to re-imagine Sisqo’s ode to the skimpiest of underwear. We couldn’t be more excited with the results. TT the Artist teamed up with producer Schwarz for the banger “2 Much Junk In My Trunk.” Experimental groups Horse Lords…

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…