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July 23, 2009

Midnight Sun is now award-winning


That's what I said after finding out Midnight Sun won Best Blog in Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2009: Reader's Poll. Dining@Large took second place, and came in third. 

I'd like to thank God and my beautiful wife and my parents (Dad, note how I didn't just say 'Mom'), and all of the little people I stepped on to get here. ...

I'm not sure if that means I get a certificate or what. My spies tell me I'll be receiving a package "very soon." Hmm. Wonder what it could be? Free samples, perhaps?

The crazy thing is, I didn't even know this readers' poll was going on. But that's probably a good thing. If I had known, I would have voted for myself and mounted a shameless campaign to get you to vote for me. The fact that I won in a fair competition stuns me.

Thanks so much, everybody, for voting for Midnight Sun. There are days when I want to bang my head against a wall and call it quits. But days like today make it all worthwhile.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:35 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Random stuff


"There are days when I want to bang my head against a wall and call it quits. "

...days like when you let a band with members wearing a luchador mask and a cardboard horse head into the sound studio, perhaps...? ;)

Congrats on the award, Sam! Although you're an unabashed fan of Billy Joel, you're still good in my book. Cheers to more accolades for Midnight Sun!

Congrats dude! Too bad B-mag is so cheap that they make you buy tix to the Best Of party....

Don't thank me, I voted for "Gospelrama."

Where is Homer?

Nice job Sam! We all have really bad work experience days. Glad you hung in there.

Congrats Sam! Keep doin' your thing.

Congrats, Sam. Well-deserved. If it's anything like last year, you don't get any prizes, per se, but you do get to attend a great party. (Though you have to pay for your guest, which is kind of weird.)

Congrats Sam. I voted for you. Glad you won. Thats fantastical!

Congrats Sam,

Can we all start a campaign for Midnight Sun to win the best blog in the City Paper?

Voting has already started.


If I ever win a CP Best of, it will only be a Readers' Choice. Their writers hate me. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word. In the past, they've called my work "myopic." And yes, I had to look it up in the dictionary.


Congrats Sam.

Congratulations Sam! Nice Job!

(I'll take the thanks whenever I can get it! :) )

totes the starbucks of bar blogging!!

congrats man! it must be those shindigs that got everyone talking.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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