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DJ Batman

DJ Batman
* Radio Background:
     While stationed in SE Asia with the 6217TH Combat Support Group, "Airman" Beatty was a Disc Jockey for the US Air Force at Ching Chuan Kang Royal Chinese Air Base, Taichung, Taiwan, during the Vietnam Era. Here he played parties for the Chinese and Americans at the local college, as well as being the host of the Billboard Magazine Top Ten Countdown radio program on the Armed Forces Network Taiwan (AFNT).
     Airman First Class Beatty also volunteered as the NCO liaison for "Operation Drug Amnesty" in Taiwan, a program that assisted Air Force personnel that acquired drug problems during the war. The program assured the participant no less than a General or Medical Discharge, and made available much needed treatment for their dependency. Many Airmen took advantage of this opportunity, and thereby were able to avoid Bad Conduct discharges. Beatty was the liaison between the Airmen and the medical staff at the base hospital.
* First Job As "DJ BATMAN":
     Played records as a favor to a friend who had purchased a small bar (now "Buxy's) in Ocean City.
Quote That Changed His Life:
      "A DJ? Sure, you can have a DJ in your club. A DJ is not entertainment." [Ocean City Liquor Control Board]. Information given to a bar owner that had a "No Entertainment" restriction on his liquor license, when he called to ask if it was OK to "have a guy play some records". The conversation took place a few hours before the first time Mike ever put a needle on a record as "DJ Batman".
The Length of Time He Figured He Would Work As A Club DJ:
     One night.
Since Then:
     Has personally played over 7000 bookings at over 200 different clubs and 20+ colleges throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Florida, The Carolinas, the Dominican Republic, and virtually every club in Ocean City.
During The Summer Months:
   Plays exclusively in Ocean City MD, performing shows from May to October.
During The Winter Season:
     Along with regular local bookings, and sporadic road-trips around the Mid-Atlantic region, you'll find DJ Batman in the studio at Ocean 98 every weekend.
Type Of Music He Plays On Ocean 98:
     Classic Rock. Plus an in-depth "Beatles' Hour" every Sunday, that includes interviews, rare recordings, and an entire spectrum of Beatle-related music.
 Favorite, Best, Most Exciting, Most Incredible, Most Memorable, Most Surreal, All-Time Most Mind-Blowing Booking Ever:
     Selected by Cellar Door Productions to entertain at a small, very private party thrown by The Rolling Stones for their families and close friends (including Counting Crows), after their kick-off performance of the "Voodoo Lounge" Tour. In the Stone's suite, from Midnight to 6 AM, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington DC. Wanna hear all about it? Just ask.
Favorite "Normal" Booking:
     "The last party we played".
Favorite Location Ever Played:
     "Playing Latino music, and more than a few Jimmy Buffett songs, on a mountaintop in the Dominican Republic, overlooking a winding jungle river at sunset, on a sultry Caribbean evening."
Favorite Food Places We Found On The Road:
     Primanti Brothers sandwiches in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.. Yocco's Hot Dogs in Allentown. Then there was that incredible restaurant on the river in the Dominican Republic...
Favorite Type Of Music:
  On The Radio:  The Beatles, and classic, "roots" rock 'n roll.
  In The Clubs: Whatever gets the crowd going.
*  Favorite Charities:
     Believe in Tomorrow's "Children's House By-The-Sea" in Ocean City, OC Volunteer Fire Company; and the Ocean City "no-kill" Humane Society.
DJ Batman's "Endless Summer Nights" 2011/2012 Sponsor
     Etalon Russian Vodka
The Family:
     Married to Cindy since 1978.  Latest addition in 2011: A (very cool) once-feral kitten named Sadie. 
Spare Time:
     Riding his scooter down the coast, and through the backroads of the Eastern Shore.
Long-Range Plans For The Future:
      The next party, and the next "Hair of the Dog Show".

Voted Delmarva's Best "Club DJ/Entertainer"
The Daily Times Annual Reader's Poll

"Best Performing DJ"
Metropolitan Magazine Reader's Choice Award

"Ocean City's Legendary Party DJ"
Term coined by Wayne Cannon, WGMD

"The Nighttime Mayor Of Ocean City"
From the Honorable James Mathias, ex-Mayor of Ocean City.
Now State Representative

"The Chairman of The Beach"
From The Insider's Guide To Ocean City

"Ocean City's Most Popular DJ"
Coconut Times Reader's Poll

"...One of the best DJ's in the world...!"
Jeff Allen, Radio Margaritaville

"Best Music Personality in Baltimore"
Maryland Musician Magazine, Honorable Mention

Ocean City's "CHARACTER OF THE YEAR" Award
Annual Award, Fire Department & EMS Benefit

Recipient of "The Key To The City", Ocean City
From The Mayor & City Council, OC MD

"Ocean City's Unofficial Chamber of Commerce"
Maryland Beachcomber Magazine