Culture and Arts

Sam Gallant is not only the namesake of popular bagel chain Sam’s Bagels, he is the Culture and Arts Reporter and Producer for WTMD.  He covers everything from openings to closings and the life that happens in between.

Sam has recently completed work on the Baltimore Icons series, chronicling the people, places and things that define Baltimore. 

Sam also files reports for National Public Radio, including his first radio career working as a reporter for KSKA in Anchorage, Alaska and producing the NPR syndicated Kojo Nnamdi Show for WAMU in Washington, DC.  Sam has won numerous awards for his production work at WAMU as well as his reporting for KSKA. Rounding out his radio experience, Sam worked for WYPR for ten years as an announcer. 

Aside from radio work, he has worked for the national non-profit LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in Washington and has served on numerous non-profit boards in Baltimore, including the Creative Alliance.  Sam has also emceed and served as auctioneer for many events and organizations and is a true performer; his favorite job ever was giving ghost tours in Baltimore historical haunted hot spot, Fells Point. 

Loving the spotlight, he has acted in a number of local plays and films and can still be seen performing moonlighting on weekly television: playing with balls for the Maryland State Lottery as a drawing official on WBAL and MPT. 

Sam is a Virgo and enjoys quiet evenings by the fireplace with a cat, a glass of wine and a good book (or, more likely, Netflix since books put him to  sleep).  When not relaxing comfortably at home or working, Sam likes to adventure out into the world.  He is an experienced traveler and knows how to have fun, typically joined by daughter Maya and wife Alethea. 

Tune in today and hear all of the fun stories Sam files for WTMD. 

The Understudy at The Everyman Theatre


Kicking off their second full season at their new home, The Everyman Theatre opens the 2014/15 season with an theater insider comedy called “The Understudy”. The three person play is about the dynamics of an actor, a stage manager, and the understudy, while getting ready to perform a newly discovered Kafka play. It’s written by…

Weekend On The Radio – May 8th – 11th

Baltimore Band Block Party

A big weekend in Baltimore starts tonight here at WTMD for the Block Party. Get your tickets and pledge your support and we will see you here tonight. You can also tune it in on your radio dial as we will be broadcasting the entire show. Also this weekend, lots of films, or movies if…

Concert for the Chesapeake – Viewing Party at WTMD


On Sunday, April 27th you are invited to come watch the MPT and WTMD produced Concert for the Chesapeke. Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, The Great American Canyon Band, and The Herd of Main Street are performing and connecting potential volunteers to environmental opportunities on the bay. Get inspired with us. We…

Leader of Gwar, Oderus Urungus AKA Dave Brockie, Leaves This Toilet Earth at 50-


Dave Brockie, founding member and singer of Gwar, passed away at the age of 50 on March 23rd 2014. Dave wore the costume and played the role of Oderus Urungus, the leader and singer of Gwar for the last 30 years. Gwar was a hell of a band. They frightened many a parent in their…

It’s Happening at Unexpected Art

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There are a lot of art galleries in Baltimore, but one new gallery is using a different approach to the business. Unexpected Art. They pop up in unoccupied spaces and when a permanent tenant takes over- they’re gone and operating in a new spot. They also don’t show just one artist at a time. Right…

RED at Everyman Theater


The new play at Everyman Theater tells the story of an artist and his search for answers.  RED is a one act show about painter Mark Rothko and his assistant and their search for answers to unanswerable questions. The two actors in the play, Bruce Randolph Nelson and Erik Berryman stopped by WTMD to talk with…

WTMD’s Grand Opening Art Exhibit- Brett Stuart Wilson: Chasing the Devil’s Music


Music and art meet at the confluence known as Brett Stuart Wilson. He creates large sculptural paintings of legendary musicians.  These larger than life pieces of art stare at you with decades of passion and stories and they truly need to be experienced viscerally. Listen to the story about Brett Stuart Wilson below by Sam…

Made in Maryland: Consolidated Instruments


Consolidated Instruments helps other people.  They build the specialized equipment for the likes of Johns Hopkins and NASA that allow those groups to make scientific achievements.  Listen to the story below, check the photos above and know that when medical and aeronautical advancements are made, it’s likely made in Maryland. MiM Consolidated Instruments Final Made…

Made in Maryland: Hamilton Crop Circle


The Hamilton Crop Circle and Gather Baltimore have a mutual mission, to provide Baltimore with sustainable food, any way possible.  Growing, composting, fertilizing and brewing a complete circle of food nutrition.  Listen to the story below and check out the photos above. Also, for more information on Gather, check their website.  And for information about…

Made in Maryland: Sandtown Millworks

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Sandtown is a tough neighborhood in West Baltimore, where once-beautiful homes have deteriorated over the years. The neighborhood is now fixing up those homes, and uncovering some really good wood in the old bones of the housing stock.  Sandtown Millworks takes that old solid wood and gives it a new life turning it into furniture….