Baltimore Stories
5:48 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Time Mayor Howard Jackson Shut Down The Ferry Howard Jackson

At exactly 5pm on New Year's Eve, 1938, Captain Leon Joyce took the ferry Howard Jackson across the harbor to the foot of Haubert Street in Locust Point for the very last time in the service's 114 years of existence. The service was costing the city $25,000 a year and Mayor Jackson had resolved to shut it down. And he did - which was probably the first of his New Year's resolutions that year that he kept.

Baltimore Stories
5:19 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Time Baltimore's Mighty Boys Lost At Jump Rope

The Great Baltimore World Series of Jump Rope, 1960 edition, was going to be different. In that year's contest, the boys were invited to compete along with the girls. The girls protested - they said it wasn't fair, what with the boys reputed to be stronger. But when the contest ended, there was a big surprise. Not a single boy finished in the running.

Baltimore Stories
5:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

The Time Harvey Hammond Gave Baltimore A Break From Hardship

In the heart of the Great Depression, Baltimoreans looked to escape from its harsh realities by going to the movies, in particular the Century Theatre. There, an organist named Harvey Hammond, seated at the huge Wurlitzer organ, conducted sing-a-longs. The audience "followed the bouncing ball" on the silver screen, singing their cares away. But the sing-a-long came to an end and life in the real world began anew.

Baltimore Stories
5:02 am
Fri October 3, 2014

The Time Thomas O'Neill Saved His Department Store From Fire--And Firefighters

On Sunday morning, February 7, 1904, the great Baltimore fire swept through downtown. It turned everything in its path to ashes. The only way to stop the fire's continuing destruction, firemen concluded, was to knock down whatever lay in the fire's path--thus giving it nothing to burn. The strategy put Thomas O'Neill's department store in line to be destroyed, but the Irishman had other plans.

Baltimore Stories
5:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The Time Count Basie Played The Royal Theatre

On the night of January 6, 1965, the great Count Basie gave a performance at the Royal Theatre on Pennsylvania Avenue, then the most popular movie and stage show theater serving the African American community. The audience cheered and clapped and danced in the aisles and when the show was over, drifted out onto the street. They knew they had just heard the end of another of the Royal's big band stage shows. They also heard the end of an era.

Baltimore Stories
5:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

When The Rennert Hotel Ran Out Of Coffee...And Time

On the night of December 1, 1939, regulars of Baltimore's once-famous Rennert Hotel, then at Liberty and Saratoga streets, gathered at the bar to say goodbye to the old place. Among the group was H. L. Mencken. Though they had many fond memories of the Rennert, the farewell evening didn't work out quite the way the regulars had planned.

Baltimore Stories
5:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Time The Bromo Seltzer Bottle Came Down

Baltimoreans in 1936, walking about downtown, could sense that there was something different about the city.

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Baltimore Stories
11:30 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Biggest Crab Ever!!

Learn why the biggest crab ever caught in Maryland waters goes into the record book with an asterick and an explanation!

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Baltimore Stories
7:30 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Time We Dropped Trou On A Pier In Locust Point!

Moonlighters taking the moonlight excursions down The Bay got more moon than they figured on! 

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Mario Armstrong
1:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Midday with Dan Rodricks

Digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong, a technology commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition.

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