When cowboy actor Slim Pickens enlisted in the US Army during WWII, he told the recruiter that his profession was "rodeo". This was misheard as "radio" and Slim spent the entirety of the war stationed at a midwestern broadcast station. truewestmagazine.com/cowbโ€ฆ
Quentin Tarantino dug up and used actual KHJ radio broadcasts from 1968 and 69, along with commercials, for the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He sifted through 17 hours of airchecks to find the tracks he wanted to put in the film fastcompany.com/90384320/โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the North Korean third broadcast network. It is a network of speakers that are wired into people's homes and relays local news and instructions. There are also rumours that the system can't be turned off, but the volume can be lowered. nknews.org/2019/06/the-noโ€ฆ
CNN has a pre-recorded broadcast that was shot over 20 years ago set to be played in the event that the world is ending. theguardian.com/media/vidโ€ฆ
In 1977 a UK TV news bulletin was interrupted by a voice claiming to be the 'Ashtar Galactic Command' and instructed humanity to abandon its weapons, so it could participate in a 'future awakening' and 'achieve a higher state of evolution'. After six minutes, the broadcast returned to normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souโ€ฆ
The USSR expected to win the final of the 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships, held in Moscow, but lost to Sweden. The organizers did not have the Swedish national anthem ready for the medal ceremony, so the Swedish players sang a drinking song and it was broadcast over the PA system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195โ€ฆ
The "Heidi Game" was a 1968 football game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the final minute to win by 43โ€“32. However, NBC broke away to broadcast Heidi resulting in many viewers missing the Raiders' comeback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiโ€ฆ
Bulgarian defector, playwright Georgi Markov, was stabbed with a poison-tipped umbrella on London's Waterloo Bridge in 1978. It was suspected to be a government hit against his anti-Communist broadcasts and proven murder after finding a tiny metal pellet in his thigh which dispensed the poison. theguardian.com/world/froโ€ฆ
Today I learned about "Dear Diary," a 1996 made-for-TV pilot starring Bebe Neuwirth. ABC passed on the show, and it wasn't broadcast. However, it was slightly edited and shown in one L.A. theatre on one weekend to qualify for an Oscar. It won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaโ€ฆ
: That Geraldo Rivera was kicked out of Iraq in 2003 by the US Military for divulging sensitive information regarding US Plans and Troop Movements during a broadcast on edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLโ€ฆ
In 2012, an Indian nurse looking after the Duchess of Cambridge was prank called by an Australian radio station pretending to be the Queen. This led to her revealing confidential information which was then broadcast on the radio. 3 days later, she committed suicide by hanging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suiโ€ฆ
In an attempt to boost viewership, NBC broadcast an NFL game without any announcers in 1980. The experiment was deemed a failure, and no major broadcast of any professional sport in the US has tried it since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annโ€ฆ
The last time an NFL game was played but not broadcast on TV at all was in 1975. awfulannouncing.com/2014/โ€ฆ
In 1978 Sex Pistols member John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) called out Jimmy Saville as a sexual predator during a BBC interview. The clip was edited out before broadcast louderthanwar.com/interesโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Max Headroom signal hijacking incident, in which two TV stations in Chicago had their broadcast taken over t show an individual dancing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese Emergency Worker, who saved thousands of lives during the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami by warning the people of Minamisanriku city via Emergency Broadcast System. She did not leave her spot and was eventually killed in the subsequent disaster. nationalgeographic.com/maโ€ฆ
NBC's broadcast of Schindler's List was the first film to get a TV-M rating and was unedited. The broadcast was controversial, with a Republican congressman complaining "it was all-time low, with full-frontal nudity, violence and profanity and a insult to decent-minded individuals everywhere". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schโ€ฆ
Today I learned about UVB-76, an unexplained Russian shortwave radio station that broadcasts a single tone constantly along with cryptic voice messages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVBโ€ฆ
An estimated 650 million people watched the live global broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, constituting around one fifth of total population of the world at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
The tallest structure in the United States is a television broadcast tower in North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVLโ€ฆ
Today I learned that Jingle Bells was the first song ever broadcast from space on Dec. 16th 1965. Astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra smuggled a harmonica and bells onboard and pranked mission control with a report of a 'sattallite' going from north to south, then played the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinโ€ฆ
Disney television enforced a 65th Episode Rule from the late 1990s-mid 2000s. With 65 episodes, one episode can be broadcast each weekday, reaching the 65th episode at the end of the 13th week. This is why shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens were canceled at their peak of popularity fr24news.com/a/2020/04/diโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Nazi Propaganda Jazz and Swing Band. Although Jazz was seen as rebellious, propaganda minister Goebbels understood its popularity in the world and allowed Propaganda Music to be broadcast to the UK and US. About 25% of all British listeners had at some point heard the programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
To avoid confusion, television broadcasts of 'Inception' in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. famousfix.com/topic/incepโ€ฆ
Kelvin Doe, also popular as DJ Focus, became a self-taught engineer at the age of 13. He built his own radio station in Sierra Leone in West Africa, where he broadcasts news and play music. imaginationmatters.org/inโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Japanโ€™s 5pm bell, or national emergency broadcast system, that plays music each day at a specific time for over 90% of the country. The music is actually a daily test to ensure the system can inform residents of any major disasters (i.e. tsunami, industrial accident). japantimes.co.jp/news/201โ€ฆ
Pat Sajak cut off Nixon's 1969 Christmas broadcast to the troops while serving as an Armed Forces DJ, then decided not to turn it back on in favor of the music he'd started. military.com/veteran-jobsโ€ฆ
On Halloween night 1991 the BBC broadcast a one-off drama, 'Ghostwatch', which portrayed itself as a live investigative broadcast from a haunted house. 30,000 people complained about being tricked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoโ€ฆ
Broadcast television lasted 13 years before the first commercial was shown on NBC for a watch. bebusinessed.com/history/โ€ฆ
Today I learned of "Operation Wandering Soul". A psychological warfare campaign used by U.S. forces that exploited the Vietnamese superstition of a lost tortured soul who was not buried properly and would roam around in agony. The U.S. broadcast these eerie sounds on loud speakers to scare off the Viet Cong. pcf45.com/sealords/cuadaiโ€ฆ
A Navajo blanket was appraised on PBSโ€™s โ€œAntiques Roadshowโ€ for $500,000. After seeing the broadcast, a disabled man realized he had a similar blanket which had been sitting in his closet for 7 years. He took it to an auctioneer and its final bid was $1.5 million. cnbc.com/2017/11/20/krytzโ€ฆ
In 1939, radio station WJSV in Washington, DC recorded their entire 19-hour broadcast day for historic purposes. It contains the only known recordings of a number of programs from the Golden Age of Radio. It is now in the National Recording Registry and is available free, streaming online. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WJSโ€ฆ
Until 1987, there was no TV broadcast in Iceland on Thursdays. The idea behind the decision was to reserve Thursdays as a day for socializing. As a result, many Icelanders born before 1987 joke that they were most likely conceived on a Thursday. now.guidetoiceland.is/201โ€ฆ
A radio station organized a bonfire to burn Beatles records after they claimed they were "more popular than Jesus". The next day, the stationโ€™s broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging equipment and sending the news director to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLUโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Censored Eleven, a group of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons that in 1968 were deemed too offensive for public consumption. They have not been broadcast on TV since then, and aside from one screening in 2010 at a film festival, they have never received any official release by WB. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenโ€ฆ
Margaret Thatcher insisted on writing a sketch for the multiple BAFTA-winning comedy 'Yes, Minister', with herself playing the lead, which was performed and broadcast. Many of the cast hadn't wanted to appear, because she was known to lack any sense of humour. theguardian.com/tv-and-raโ€ฆ
The 1983 movie "Trading Places" with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy became a Christmas Eve classic in Italy, being broadcast by Italian television every year since 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traโ€ฆ
To call someone a monitor lizard in thailand is one of the worst insults or curses in the thai language. so much that people have been killed over it and a politician who called protesters this made front page news. it's so offensive its basically banned in broadcast media. bangkokpost.com/life/sociโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Lucky 7, a pirate TV station that broadcast for 25 hours over three nights in Syracuse, NY, in 1978. Viewers who happened to find it could see episodes of "Star Trek," hit films such as "Rocky," and pornographic movies including "Deep Throat." The culprit or culprits were never identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucโ€ฆ
Some guys in the Czech Republic figured out how to broadcast data in beams of light capable of streaming DVD-quality video over neighbourhoods.( 10 Mbit/s full duplex Ethernet point-to-point link.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RONโ€ฆ
The Arecibo message is a 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth sent to globular star cluster M13, which is about 25,000 light years away. The message was broadcast into space a single time via frequency modulated radio waves and forms a picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areโ€ฆ
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Miki Endo, a Japanese emergency worker who gave her life during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, by continuing to broadcast warnings and alerts over the community loudspeaker as the tsunami overwhelmed the town of Minamisanriku. She was credited with saving many lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikโ€ฆ
Mister Rogers once used an egg timer and simply let it run for sixty seconds on a television broadcastโ€”in order to demonstrate how long a minute is. Unlike most TV made for kids, "Mister Rogersโ€™ Neighborhood" was deliberately slow and contemplative. villagevoice.com/2018/06/โ€ฆ
โ€” Only 1% of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets were sold to the public. The NFL gave the remaining 99% to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and other entities. When a fan sued, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled the NFL's ticketing policies didnโ€™t violate any state consumer protection laws. abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-โ€ฆ
Someone hacked into a cable broadcast in Chicago in 1987 wearing a โ€œMax Headroomโ€ mask. Over 30 years later, the hacker still hasnโ€™t been identified. vice.com/en_us/article/pgโ€ฆ
Standard Arabic, the Arabic taught in a majority of schools, is based off of the language Prophet Mohammad spoke. It is a language that nobody naturally speaks, and is preserved through formal education and news broadcasts. Egyptian Arabic is the most widely-understood dialect cleolingo.com/ten-reasonsโ€ฆ
When it became apparent that Israel was going to win the 1978 Eurovision Singing Contest, Jordanian TV stopped the live broadcast, showed a picture of daffodils, and later announced that Belgium had won. abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2โ€ฆ
Today I learned about how BBC once convinced people Spaghetti grew on trees. In 1957,BBC broadcast a 3min program about Switzerland farms growing Spaghetti trees. The farmers harvested them and put in the sun to dry them.The presenter explained Spaghetti always grows to the same length. People believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaโ€ฆ

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