WTMD is excited to welcome Kelly Bell, the charismatic singer and namesake of the Kelly Bell Band, as our new Evening Host, starting Monday February 1st.
A true renaissance man, Kelly has been a wrestler, actor, bouncer and, of course, singer. In the past two decades, he and his band have headlined some of Maryland’s biggest stages, and entertained U.S. military around the world. But this is the first time he’s hosted a radio show.
“I’m so excited to be joining the WTMD family,” Kelly said. “I’ve done just about everything in show business. Just when I thought there were no mountains left to climb, WTMD said, ‘Wait one second, Phat Blues Man – we’ve got something for ya.'”
Kelly and his band have been longtime friends of WTMD. In April 2019, WTMD hosted the sold out release show for their latest album, “Know My Name.” The band has won two Maryland Music Awards, including “Best Blues Band,” and were named “Best Band” by Baltimore Style Magazine.
“Kelly is a big personality with a deep passion for, and knowledge of, all types of music, which makes him a perfect fit for WTMD’s eclectic, music-discovery format,” said Scott Mullins, WTMD’s General Manager and Program Director. “Through years of hard work, Kelly has built a strong following as a live performer and now he brings that energy and charisma to the WTMD airwaves. Evening show hosts can really build a theater of the mind, and Kelly has all the right attributes – he’s fun, personable and entertaining.”
Evenings With Kelly Bell on WTMD will include new features like the Phat Blues Cafe and Homegrown Headliner, where Kelly can build sets of music that inspires him and also highlights some of his fellow musicians from the region.
Starting Feb. 1, Evenings with Kelly Bell will be on air 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, a time slot previously held by longtime WTMD DJ Don Rogers, who retires at the end of January. Baltimore Hit Parade will move to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.