Dead Air exhibition at at the Metro Gallery

Dead Air: The End of Analog
Atomic TV Highlights Reel, 2009

Lost Signals

Wily exhibition pays respects to a possibly vanishing aspects of a mass medium

…”The furtive aesthetic of Davis’ video is matched, in an odd way, by Scott Huffines and erstwhile City Paper contributor Tom Warner, whose public access show Atomic TV gets a retrospective here. Although the public access series ended in 2005, with the bulk of the episodes having been produced in the late 1990s, its inclusion acknowledges that with the loss of broadcast television, other things, such as public access, may go as well. Huffines and Warner acknowledge that many changes in the new millennium, from digital videotape to YouTube to the sour economy, led to the discontinuation of their project. To see it here is to remember what’s possible when you can assume that a viewer will watch something for more than a minute and, more importantly, lives in your hometown.”

Continue reading “Lost Signals” at Baltimore City Paper.

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Atomic TV’s “Atomic Cocktail Hours”

Resistance is futile, so Atomic TV has decided to jump on the Lounge-a-palooza bandwagon, pledge allegiance to the Cocktail Nation and embrace Swankness in all its fez-hatted, zoot-suited, retro swing silliness… First up is a vintage commercial break paying homage to our legendary local blue-collar brew, Natty Boh. Then we drop by our fave watering hole, Henninger’s Tavern, where owner Kenny Vieth spoils us with food and drink while we we enjoy “incredibly strange space-age bachelor pad exotica” music videos by Combustible Edison, Korla Pandit, Martin Denny, Spike Jones & His City Slickers, a rare Raymond Scott Quintette film appearance, 1940’s “Soundies” music shorts, the hepcat hokum of Baltimore’s own Swingin’ Swamis, Don Knotts as “The Love God,” tributes to patron Saints of Swing Dean Martin and Buddy Love and assorted clips from drinkin’ flicks! Time flies when you’re having rum, so “drink up and be somebody!”
(approx 150 minutes, DVD-R)

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Atomic TV’s “Atomic Cocktail Hour” Part 1

Atomic TV’s “Atomic Cocktail Hour” Part 2

Atomic TV’s “Tribute to Natty Boh”
From the Atomic TV archives comes these classic animated commercials touting Baltimore’s favorite cheap beverage! Keep an eye out for the “Natty Fro” commercial at the end.

“I Love It! The Greatest!”

“Natty Fro”

“Boom! Atomic Cocktail!”

Henninger’s Tavern

Combustible Edison

Baltimore’s own Swingin’ Swamis

Atomic TV’s Scott Huffines and Tom Warner

Don Knotts is “The Love God?”

“The Love God?” movie trailer

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Atomic TV’s Tribute to Black History

Once you go Black, you never go back! Case in point, Atomic TV went black on Baltimore’s public access airwaves shortly after broadcasting our legendary “Black History Month” tribute – one of our most popular episodes ever! – in February 2003. Over the course of the next 2 hours, you’ll see shout-outs not just to the usual legends on display at Baltimore’s Great Blacks in Wax Museum, but also to leaders in other less-heralded fields of Black achievement – like Black Porn Stars – Jack Napier the “The Joker with the Foot-Long Poker,”, Menage-a-Trois and her foot-long tongue, Sierra, Chaos, Marc 9X7, Nikki Fairchild, Sean Michaels – and Rappers who Glorify Da Booty, plus Blaxploitation stars Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite!), Pam Grier and Isaac “Truck Turner” Hayes, Mr. T., Blowfly, sideshow freak “Popeye,” Pee-Wee Herman’s “King of Cartoons,” William Marshall and a special shout-out to Bawlmer’s Eldorado Lounge – the place that inspired us to create Atomic TV back in 1997. So get funky with it and check it out, yo!

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Atomic TV #27: The “Spring Cleaning” Episode Part 2

Once again we’ve raided our video archives to unload our self-indulgent folly on an unsuspecting audience in order to test how just how much torture (mascarading as entertainment) they can endure. This installment includes Belly Dancing in Essex to Elvis Impersonators, another look at Baltimore plumber Chris Jensen’s well-soiled Underwear Dance, Lance Ozanix the Barf Boy, home-grown mutation Grape Ape at the Cross Street Festival, The Bride-in-a-Box Bag Lady, Rappiní Christian Pirate Puppets, plus trailers for coming attractions, more Japanese Pizzicato Five music videos, music, song, dance and jest. Plus nudie camera club hijinx with and

Grape Ape Redux: Atomic TV’s second encounter with Baltimore’s home-grown mutation Grape Ape at the Cross Street Festival.

Atomic TV Encounters Elvis Impersonators at Essex Day

Another look at Baltimore plumber Chris Jensen’s well-soiled Underwear Dance

Atomic TV visits Jen and Dave: Atomic TV visited Internet porn pioneers Jen and Dave in 1999 when they hosted a camera club party at their apartment in Timonium. Noticeably absent is Tom Warner’s toe-sucking escapade.

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Atomic TV #10: The “It’s Wonderful To Be a Girl” Episode

We’re told that girls are sugar and spice and every thing nice – but do they feel it’s really wonderful to be a girl? Sure, they get to have babies and (doh!) multiple orgasms, but they also have to stoop to pee and – the big showstopper – they BLEED every month. Is the trade-off worth going with the flow? Our look at Adam’s Spare Rib lets it bleed, featuring excepts from late-bloomer Carrie (killer PMS!), The He-Man Human Woman Haters Club, those menstruation training films you gals saw in elementary school, an up close and (very) personal remembrance of cycles past by a bevy of blood-bloated Baltimore beauties who chat about having “The Talk” with Mom, the Jewish tradition of The Menstrual Slap, enjoying menstrual sex (blood-spitting KISS bassist Gene Simmons was repulsed by it, that pussy!),…plus, see a menstruating Mongoloid miss learn all about the curse from her tell-all Sis…

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