End of an era

1 Comment

The old Dirty Linen P.O. Box has been closed. Since 1988, thousands of recordings, books, and videos have passed through the box. Uncountable flyers and catalogs for festivals, tours, and events. And more pre-approved credit card offers than you can shake a plastic stick at. This year the mail has reduced to a trickle, so it’s time to stop spending $224/year for the P.O. Box.

Everyone should stop mailing to P.O. Box 66600, Baltimore, MD 21239-6600, USA.


The address for Paul’s weekly radio show, Detour on WTMD, is:

Paul Hartman/Detour
WTMD 89.7
1 Olympic Place, Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204

Recordings sent there will be considered for airplay.

Filling in at WTMD again

Leave a comment


Radio for Music People

I’m filling in for Melissa Lauren on the WTMD Saturday Morning Show this Saturday (December 3rd) 8 am to noon. You can listen in the central Maryland area at 89.7 FM if you have one of those old-fangled radio devices, or via the Intarweb.

News & Views


I’m not big on blogging. I just don’t think people care about what I’m doing at any given moment… (Mon 8:02am Brushing teeth. 3rd upper left bicuspid anti-molar is looking a little yellow. I may have to buy some of that tooth whitening stuff.) To tell you the truth, even I don’t care. If someone Twittered about my every move, I think I’d shoot them. I don’t need a play-by-play.

But here are a few things that have gone on recently.

Some WTMD blogs

I was appointed to the Baltimore County telecommunications advisory panel. All that means is that if you have a problem with your Verizon or Comcast bill, I can tell you that I can’t do anything about it, although you don’t have to spend an hour on hold first. That’s an improvement.

I’ve been filling in at WTMD occasionally. I really like doing the noon-to-3 pm (Eastern Time) Mon-Fri shift where I get to pick 15-20 minutes of a “Live Lunch” feature artist. (The rest of the playlist is pre-chosen.) I’ve played live tracks by Sam Bush, Little Feat, Richard Thompson, and The Byrds recently. Coming up this week (Wed Nov 23 & Fri Nov 25) are Steeleye Span and Stan Rogers. On Veteran’s Day I did the mid-morning shift and snuck in songs by John Flynn (“Semper Fi”), Joel Mabus (“Touch a Name on the Wall”), and Bruuuuce Springsteen (“Chimes of Freedom”). You can listen in at wtmd.org. And hike on over to their Facebook page if you want to tell them how cool Live Lunch is (wait until after I play it, please!)

Of course, I’m still doing Detour, the folk, roots, and world music show on Sundays 5-7 pm. Again, you can listen at wtmd.org and if you want to comment on the facebook page I won’t stop you. Playlists and Baltimore-area concert calendar are available at www.detourradio.com.

Driftwood Magazine, the successor to Dirty Linen, got 5th place (out of 12) in the “Best Entertainment Blog” in the Baltimore Sun’s annual Mobbies voting for best Maryland blogs. Not bad for a blog covering music and not mentioning Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson even once.

And if anyone has a print media or software engineering (heavy duty C and/or assembly language) job in the Baltimore area, I’d be happy to talk to you.

— Paul

Paul’s “Detour” radio show article

1 Comment

I have been hosting “Detour“, the folk, roots and world music show on WTMD since around 1995. Towson Patch did a story on the show today. You can listen online at www.wtmd.org on Sundays, 5-7 pm Eastern Time, and via free apps for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones. Lots of music that would be of interest to former Dirty Linen readers.

Also, Baltimore Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Poll voted WTMD the “Best Radio Station” this week.


WTMD’s auction features Dirty Linen


I still host Detour, a weekly folk, roots and world music radio show on WTMD. There is a fundraising auction underway through May 20th.

There is as near a complete set of Dirty Linen magazines available as is possible. Every issue that is not sold out is included in this auction item. There will be more than the 80 issues mentioned, as I recently found some single copies of sold-out issues that are very rare. This is a great way to catch up on several decades’ worth of roots music journalism. (Auction closes May 20, 2011 4:30 PM EDT)

The second item is being a guest DJ on Detour. Have you ever wanted to share some of your favorite music with Detour listeners? Now’s your chance to program one hour of music for Detour. You can also be guest host and comment on your selections on-air if you wish. I’ll contact the winning bidder to set a mutually-agreeable Sunday. (Auction item closes May 19, 2011 5:30 PM EDT)


%d bloggers like this: