Longtime Baltimore television personality James Uhrin, known to Fox 45 viewers as “Traffic Jam Jimmy,” has died, the station confirmed Saturday night. He was 65.
Fox 45 editor Sinead Hawkins confirmed that Uhrin died of a heart attack Saturday. The station reported that Uhrin started working there in 1976 and first appeared on Baltimore screens as Mondy the Sea Monster on the “Captain Chesapeake” show.
More recently, he delivered transit news under the moniker “Traffic Jam Jimmy.” His relatable personality and antics — such as the time he was caught on live television ordering a fish sandwich at a McDonald’s drive-thru — brought him viral fame in recent years.
Fans took to social media Saturday to express condolences.
T.J. Smith, a podcaster, media relations specialist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate, tweeted that Uhrin “was as Baltimore as they come.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted that he was “devastated” to learn of the broadcaster’s passing. The governor last saw Uhrin about a month ago for their annual Maryland Day interview in front of the State House.
“His trademark humor, irrepressible spirit, and love for Baltimore and our state will be dearly missed,” Hogan said in the tweet.