Baltimore musician Dan Deacon will host “Distorting Time,” a weekly radio series dedicated to playing “unabridged long-form” music on 89.7 WTMD, the radio station announced today.


“Distorting Time” will air for two hours beginning Friday, February 19 at midnight. The show will air every Friday night thereafter and stream live on the station’s site or via the WTMD smartphone app.

While setlists will be available at wtmd.org, the show will only be available live – not as a podcast for on-demand listening.

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

According to the news release, WTMD and Deacon have been in talks to create a radio show for several years, but when the pandemic ended music tours, the timing was right.

“Dan understands the mystique of late-night radio, and ‘Distorting Time’ is perfectly suited for after-hours listening,” said Scott Mullins, WTMD’s General Manager and Program Director. “We are very grateful to Dan for believing in the power of radio, and his continued support of WTMD.”

This is the first time Deacon’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.

“It’s rare to find a show like this on FM radio anymore, and Dan’s a natural host,” said Sam Sessa, WTMD’s Baltimore music and community outreach manager. “This is a side of him we really haven’t seen before, and it’s been such a pleasure helping him become a radio DJ.”

“Distorting Time” hosted by Dan Deacon airs Friday at midnight to 2 a.m. on Saturday every week starting Feb. 19 on 89.7 WTMD.