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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 girlfriend Alethea. 

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

Get in touch with him at sgallant@wtmd.org or at 410-245-4500.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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….

Made in Maryland: Medifast

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Diets. There are just as many of them as there are would be dieters. One Maryland Company has been making pre-portioned meal replacements for the last three decades. Listen to the story below about how Medifast is made. Their website has additional information. MiM MEDIFAST Made in Maryland is a weekly feature on WTMD. It…

Made in Maryland: MacCubbin Guitars

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Maryland is an Appalachian state. Just ask our culture, history, the Mason Dixon Line, and our music. Dave MacCubbin makes traditional guitars in a traditional way, with modern technology. For Made in Maryland this week we take a tour of the Lutherville Luthier workshop of MacCubbin Guitars. Listen to the story below, and check out the…

Baltimore Skill Share

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Learning new skills is important in life, whether you are fresh out of college or a retiree. Mesh Baltimore makes that learning easy. It also makes teaching easy. Mesh is a skill share program that you can sign up and take classes, or sign up to teach one. Listen to the story below and also…