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James Uhrin, Perry Hall resident known as ‘Traffic Jam Jimmy,’ dies at 65

PERRY HALL, MD—A local icon has passed.

James Uhrin, known by many as “Traffic Jam Jimmy,” has died at 65 years of age.

The Perry Hall resident died of a heart attack, his family says.

Uhrin was also the voice of Mondy the Seamonster on the “Captain Chesapeake” show on WBFF-TV in the ‘70 & ‘80s.

Uhrin frequently guided commuters around Baltimore with his morning traffic reports. He began working at WBFF in 1976.

“I am truly saddened by the death of Traffic Jam Jimmy, a beloved Baltimore television personality and Perry Hall resident,” said Councilman David Marks on Saturday night. “As a child, I grew up seeing him as one of the characters on ‘Captain Chesapeake.’ Later, I interacted with him many times at community events and at special occasions such as birthdays and food drives.”

“He was one-of-a-kind, a gentle, loveable person who always made anyone feel special,” Marks added. “My condolences to his family and friends, here in Perry Hall and beyond. Traffic Jam Jimmy will be greatly missed.”

Governor Larry Hogan tweeted the following:

”Devastated to learn of the passing of local broadcasting legend James Uhrin, known and beloved by so many of us as ‘Traffic Jam Jimmy.’

“Jimmy spent nearly half a century at Ch. 45, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know him better during my time as governor.”

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