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WTMD launches Baltimore Channel

The coolest radio station in town, 89.7 WTMD-FM, just got a little more awesome. Awesomer? Is that a word?

WTMD launched a Baltimore Channel, which can be heard if you have an HD radio. But since not too many people have HD radios, WTMD is also streaming the Baltimore Channel online for free.

Click here for the free online stream.

The Baltimore Channel is all local music, all the time. There are interviews and live performances with some of the area's best artists, as well as plenty of tracks.

As the host of Baltimore Unsigned (and an employee of WTMD), I am pretty pumped about this little experiment. 

Some of the interviews go back a year or two.

Here's a funny way how you can tell how old they are ...

When I first started hosting Baltimore Unsigned, I was nervous about sounding nervous on the air. So I overcompensated by forcing myself to chill out.

But instead of sounding calm and collected, I sound like I've eaten a handful of Quaaludes or Xanax. This went on for a few months, before I finally started to get the hang of things.

I still cringe when I go back and listen to those early interviews. Hee-hee.

I think one of the most exciting things about the Baltimore Channel and Baltimore Unsigned is that we're covering this city's music scene at a really exciting time. Baltimore musicians are getting so much attention from the national and international press, and we're able to showcase many of these artists. I'm talking about everything from rock to folk to hip-hop to instrumental drum and bass.

So click on the link and listen to the Baltimore Channel. I think you'll be surprised at the quality of music coming out of Baltimore. I am.

(Sun photo of the band Pale Stars performing on Baltimore Unsigned by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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