Atomic TV’s Random Rona Playlist

Here’s some holiday lockdown videos with a Baltimore theme to watch while you grumble about indoor dining and/or holiday gatherings over the holidays (menu subject to change!):


Atomic TV’s 1999 Holiday Special: “Underdog Battles Satan Claus”
Will this be the last Christmas of the Millennium… or the last Christmas EVER? Join Atomic TV co-hosts Tom Warner and Scott Huffines to find out, as they once again risk nervous breakdowns escorting Underdog (visionary artist Suzanne Muldowney) to the annual Mayor’s Holiday Parade in Hampden, MD. Things get off to a shaky start when Underdog’s train is delayed by 40 minutes (nixing plans for a lunch stop at Roy Rogers for her beloved roast beef sandwiches), leading to a high-speed car chase sequence that eclipses THE FRENCH CONNECTION and BULLITT for hair-raising thrills!

Making it to the parade in the nick of time, Underdog shines in her 11th consecutive holiday march, only to confront her greatest challenge yet… SATAN CLAUS, a Y2K-obssessed messenger of doom who taunts Underdog and terrifies parade goers with his prediction that the world will end New Year’s Eve when Dick Clark drops the ball in Times Square. Will this be the last Hampden Parade for Underdog? Or will she defeat the powers of darkness in time to enjoy a tasty roast beef sandwich? Watch and find out in our wildest Christmas Special ever! Plus enjoy wacky parade floats like the ‘Reindeer Hunter’ tribute to ‘Nam POW’s and the Shriner’s ‘Crippled Children’ float!

Brett Harlow penned one of Baltimore’s Christmas cult classics, “Walking in an Essex Wonderland.” It’s one of those ditties that would be heavily played during the holidays on 98 Rock back in the 90s, then it seemed to fade into obscurity until people rediscovered the song through the miracle of YouTube. Now it’s once again a Baltimore Christmas anthem.

Bootcamp’s “Fire in the Hole” was the third video played on MTV’s launch date in 1981. Note the footage of Baltimore’s Block.

Tommy Tucker’s “Keep Good Time” was also filmed on Baltimore Street.

Are Bosley and Tommy Tucker the same person?

Meet Grape Ape, a hippie burnout who survived an atomic blast to become the Magilla Gorilla of rock and roll and Spokesperson for a Lost Generation, as he expounds on Led Zeppelin and proves that rust never sleeps, it creeps… From Atomic TV Volume One at

“Baltimore’s Infamous Block” – Home to strippers and prostitutes, “Evening Magazine” takes a look at the Block in 1980. Adult content – click to view.

“Rescue 911” with host William Shatner covers the 1987’s Amtrak train crash in Chase in Baltimore County.

Tesco Vee’s “Way USA”, a pilot for a punk/comedy travelogue that was done for MTV in 1988 and hosted by the silver-tongued—and absolutely fucking hilarious—Tesco Vee of The Meatmen. (More at Dangerous Minds)

Atomic TV’s Tribute to Natty Boh (check out our “Atomic Cocktail” episodes)

One of Baltimore’s best bars, The Club Charles is featured on this episode of Haunted History.

Baltimore 1966 8mm footage – some beautiful shots of Baltimore’s Block.

Joby Palczynski Manhunt – WJZ Channel 13 and WBAL Channel 11 Baltimore, Maryland news footage, March 2000

“Rave On” – Baltimore, Maryland WJZ 13 Expose of 1990s Rave Culture

1990s Ocean City Maryland Bikini Contest hosted by DJ Batman – Ocean City’s DJ Batman hosts this bikini contest at the Ocean Club for a show sponsored by Marquis Motor Cars. Plus an interview with Michelle from L&M Modeling.

Crack the Sky’s “Skindiver” video from 1983’s “World In Motion” features former Penthouse Pet DiVina Celeste and was filmed at the former Hammerjacks.

“Shakedown” Late-Night Baltimore Dance TV Show (1992)


Joby Palczysnki (Joseph Palczysnki) Stand off Ends – WJZ Channel 13 Baltimore, Maryland, 2000

Joby Palczysnki (Joseph Palczysnki) Stand off Ends – WJZ Channel 13 Baltimore, Maryland, 2000 PART 2

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Baltimore’s Blue Tattoo Man

Feeling Blue: Some People Are Born Freaks. Jim Hall Turned Himself Into One
By Charles Cohen | Jan. 21, 2009

Feeling Blue: Some People Are Born Freaks. Jim Hall Turned Himself Into One

A video portrait of Baltimore’s “blue man” before he leaves town
Retired city planner Jim Hall talks about why he covered his body with one beautiful tattoo and much more
By Fern Shen 2/9/2020

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Ocean City Boardwalk Trump T-Shirts, 2019

A selection of Trump fantasy t-shirt designs found on the Ocean City Boardwalk  at the end of the vacation season, late September 2019.

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Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth

Jim Palmer, adopted at birth and pictured in 1979, had a Hall of Fame baseball career, never spending much time thinking about his birthparents. After 72 years, though, his wife put the pieces together. (Associated Press)

By Dave Sheinin (5/10/2018)

It would have been January 1945. It would have been somewhere in Manhattan, out where the Irish people gathered. It must have been cold out, driving Joe Geheran and Mary Ann Moroney indoors, into the same building and eventually the same room, maybe the same corner of a bar or nook of a kitchen, where they must have been overtaken by the same feeling and where one thing, as one thing is known to do, must have led to another.

They must have found somewhere to be alone.

They may have known each other already but probably didn’t — he, a dapper, 41-year-old, well-known man about town; she, a 37-year-old domestic to a wealthy family; both of them Irish immigrants. He was married, without children. She would marry just over a year later and quickly start a family with her new husband.

But on this night in January 1945, as fate would have it, Mary Ann Moroney got pregnant. Joe Geheran was the father.

This secret, dark and potentially explosive, may have belonged to both of them or just to Mary Ann because it isn’t clear whether Joe ever knew he would be a father. But regardless of whom it belonged to, the secret survived the subsequent birth of a baby boy Oct. 15, 1945, in a hospital on the east side of Manhattan, and it survived the baby’s adoption two days later. It made it to the grave with both Mary Ann and Joe, and it survived, as well, the life span of the daughter Mary Ann would have in 1946 and go on to raise.

And the secret would survive the first 72 years of that baby boy’s life, even as the world came to know and revere the man he grew into.

Continue reading at New York Times.

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