Distorting Time with Dan Deacon on WTMD

Baltimore musician and composer Dan Deacon is the host of “Distorting Time,” a new radio show on WTMD featuring long-form instrumental jams. The show begins at midnight Fridays and runs through 2 a.m. Saturdays starting Feb. 19 on 89.7 WTMD. Illustration by Wilson Ward Kemp.

Welcome to “Distorting Time,” a weekly radio series dedicated to playing unabridged long-form music, hosted by Baltimore musician & composer Dan Deacon on 89.7 WTMD.

“Distorting Time” features two hours of unabridged music where extended length is the common theme. The show launched in February 2021 and airs at midnight EST every Friday night on 89.7 FM and stream live on the station’s site or via the free WTMD smartphone app. 

Setlists for each episode are available here, the day the show airs. Archived shows are available for on-demand streaming below.

“I love long-form music, and I love the collective shared yet distantly separated experience of listening to the radio,” Dan said. “There is something about the waves traveling through the air that adds a magic to music.”

WTMD and Dan have been in talks to create something like “Distorting Time” for several years, but when the pandemic put the world of touring musicians on hold, the timing was right to make it happen.

While Dan has been an influential figure in the Baltimore music scene for more than 15 years, this is the first time he’s hosted his own radio show. The name “Distorting Time” comes from one of the cards in Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies deck.

“It was wild how on-the-nose the first card I drew was, and I didn’t need to draw a second one,” Dan said. “I hope the show can live up to its title and, for brief instances, distort time to allow listeners to sit in extended moments and bliss out.”

Dan is reaching into a diverse range of genres and generations to collect music for “Distorting Time,” and he hopes the show will have a meditative quality. Some of the pieces stretch beyond 20 minutes in length, and could only air on a radio station like WTMD.

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