WTMD Launches The Baltimore Channel on WTMD HD-2 and on wtmd.orgIn the ultimate act of local programming, WTMD 89.7 FM/HD has launched The BaltimoreChannel on WTMD HD-2 and on line at wtmd.org. The Baltimore Channel airs music fromBaltimore-based musicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week — the only public radio stationin the country to give local band s, singers and artists their own full time radio station.Å“Baltimore is one of the most important music scenes in America today and it only seemednatural to make sure that the musicians who play their hearts out here also have a radio stationwhere they can be heard at any time. said WTMD general manager Stephen Yasko.Å“We congratulate WTMD on the launch of its all-local digital HD Radio channel right here in ourown backyard, said Bob Struble, President and CEO of Columbia, Maryland -based iBiquityDigital Corporation, the developer of HD Radio technology. Å“Providing the community withsounds of local artists is an excellent use of HD Radio technology. I look forward to listening toThe Baltimore Channel FM/HD2 on the way to work. Listeners can tune in The Baltimore Channel on WTMD 89.7-2 or stream the station live in avariety of audio formats at WTMDâ„¢s website, wtmd.org. In addition to the stream, WTMD hoststhe largest video archive of Baltimore-based band performances and other news about the regionâ„¢smusic scene. Free music downloads are also available from the Baltimore Channelâ„¢sfeatured artist of the month.Several Baltimore band s will be on hand to celebrate the launch of The Baltimore Channel onWednesday, February 25, 2009 during WTMDâ„¢s Winter Fund Drive. Baltimore musicians willanswer phones and solicit station memberships on air with WTMD disc Radio DJeys. Band s scheduledto participate include: E. Joseph, 3 Fifths, The Eureka Birds, David Andrew Smith, TheTurn and more.The Baltimore Channel currently airs new and archive editions of Baltimore Unsigned,WTMDâ„¢s weekly performance and interview program devoted entirely to local music. HostSam Sessaâ„¢s weekly interviews bring out the compelling stories behind the musicians who Å“livenext door. Original episodes of Baltimore Unsigned air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at9 a.m. on WTMD 89.7 FM/HD1.