In 1998 Australian Astronomers detected fast radio burst signals, and named them Perytons. It was soon discovered that it was escaping radiation from the microwave in the lunch room, which was being stopped by using the door release without pushing the stop button first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Rather than wait until morning to celebrate, citizens took to the streets in their pajamas. 22 hours later, the entire country had run out of vodka. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
A pigeon, Gustav, carried the first word of the Normandy invasion back to the British mainland in WW2, as the fleet underwent radio silence at that time. He flew 150 miles in 5 hours 16 minutes. He was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery. He died after the war by being accidentally stepped on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
In 2011 radio personality Ira Glass claimed to have tracked down Coca-Cola's secret recipe, to a 130-year-old notebook belonging to inventor's best friend. He said that the closely guarded formula is: alcohol and six oils – orange, lemon, nutmeg, coriander, neroli and cinnamon. theguardian.com/business/…
Pandora Radio didn't pay it's employees for 2 years. The CEO claimed he "didn't know he was breaking the law" blogs.findlaw.com/in_hous…
I learned about the Trans-Atlantic Accent which was cultivated Hollywood in the 1920's-40's to blend prestigious American and British accents for broader appeal, which is why people sound so different in older tv, films and radio back then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
'Every Breath You Take' was written by Sting at the same desk at which Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. Sting was staying at Fleming's property GoldenEye in Jamaica following the breakdown of his first marriage. In 2019 BMI declared the song the most played in radio history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
The male vocals in Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life" were added because radio stations thought the song was "too feminine." thefader.com/2017/11/08/a…
Today I learned of Jennifer Strange, who died after drinking nearly 7.6 litres (2 gallons) of water over 3 hours for a "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" radio contest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDN…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
In 2010, the Colombian government successfully transmitted a Morse message to their captive soldiers by composing a song popular enough to hit local top 40 radio and disguising the Morse Code in a synth interlude exploratorium.edu/blogs/t…
On November 30, 1954, a grapefruit-sized meteorite crashed through the roof of a farm house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Ann Hodges while she napped on a couch. This was the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Kelvin Doe lived in Sierra Leone (a small coastal country in southwest Africa) and is known for teaching himself engineering by the age of 13 and building his own radio station in his home country. He also built a battery out of scrap metal capable of powering the surrounding homes. imaginationmatters.org/in…
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without News’ atlasobscura.com/articles…
In 2009, a 14-year-old boy showed up at a Chicago police station in uniform and worked 5 hours of a shift. He allegedly got a police radio, ticket book and rode with an officer for several hours before his identity was realised. He knew procedure due to a "police explorer" program he’d gone to. nbcchicago.com/news/local…
The B/W dots that you see on TV, as well as the background "hiss" that you hear in-between radio channels are actually fragments of the Big Bang AKA "radiation leftover" or "cosmic microwave background radiation" universetoday.com/25560/t…
Mike Myers thought up the Austin Powers character while driving home one day. His radio was playing Burt Bacharach’s β€œThe Look of Love”, and he was with his then-wife Robin Ruzan. Myers asked her if he was β€œmaking her horny”. She told him to stop it and write his new character down. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Adam Devine, who plays Adam Demamp on Workaholics, was hit by a cement truck at age 11, and both his legs were completely mangled. To pass time while recovering, he’d call radio DJ’s and impersonate celebrities, which is how he discovered his love of comedy. ew.com/article/2016/07/08…
Colin Farell helped a drifter in Toronto win $2,000 from a radio station, who was offering it to anyone who could bring the actor to their studio. 4 years later, he helped the same man again, by taking him on a $2,100 shopping spree for essential clothing and giving him $830 for rent. ctvnews.ca/colin-farrell-…
The 'Baba Booey' sound effect comes from Gary Dell'Abate, the presenter of the Howard Stern radio show. He said it when he was asking how much the Quick Draw McGraw animation cel sold for, mispronouncing McGraw's sidekick Baba Looey's name as 'Baba Booey'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
In 2000, an Australian man, after having his job application rejected, managed to hack into the local government's waste management system using a computer and radio, flooding parks, rivers, and the lawn of a hotel with raw sewage. theregister.co.uk/2001/10…
After a Taliban fighter successfully shot down an American CH-47D Chinook, he bragged about it over his radio. Signals Intelligence was able to determine who had made the call and after only 2 days, an F-16, a C-130, and two Apache Gunships killed him and 5 others using their combined firepower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
The fultograph was able to broadcast pictures to homes via radio in the 1920s. Using the output from the loud speaker socket it darkened an area of sensitized paper on a rotating drum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
Three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space on Dec. 28, 1973. The astronauts turned off radio communications with NASA ground control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces "poker face" with "fuck her face". Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repetition of the phrase during the chorus. ladygaga.fandom.com/wiki/…
1967 Malmstrom AFB UFO Incident - On 16 March 1967, a red-hued UFO singlehandedly disabled and cut off radio communications of the entire Malmstrom AFB filled with Minuteman Nuclear ICBMs. ufocasebook.com/1967malms…
On April Fools, 2 radio DJs from Florida told their listeners that "dihydrogen monoxide", which is an alternative chemical name for water, was coming out of the taps. Their remark results in suspension and possible felony charges. theatlantic.com/culture/a…
Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite put into space, transmitted on 20.005 and 40.002 MHz which were detectable by amateur radio operators. After orbiting for about 3 weeks it's batteries had died. 2 months later it burned up falling back into the atmosphere kick-starting the space race. nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/s…
This American Life recently became the first recipient of a Pulitzer Prize awarded for audio journalism. For context, the Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 and the first radio broadcast was in 1920. 100 years and never awarded to a radio show. thisamericanlife.org/abou…
During the Continuation War the Finnish Army used the SΓ€kkijΓ€rven Polkka to disarm radio-controlled mines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
In 1978 a punk rock band called The Rotters released a song called "Sit On My Face Stevie Nix". The band Fleetwood Mac was pissed off about it, and tried to get radio stations, record stores and clubs to boycott them. forums.stevehoffman.tv/th…
Radio and TV stations don't have random letters assigned. The K prefix is for stations west of the Mississippi River, and the W prefix is for stations east of the Mississippi River. Military stations use the prefix N. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Until 1978 more Americans listened to AM than FM radio broadcasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_…
Today I learned that Hans Zimmer plays keys in the Video killed the radio star video youtu.be/W8r-tXRLazs
After hearing on the radio of Germany's surrender on 9th May 1945,the citizens of the Soviet Union celebrated Victory Day by drinking ALL the vodka in the nation within the next 22 hours. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Radio commentator Paul Harvey’s father was murdered in Tulsa when Paul was a boy. tulsaworld.com/archive/on…
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/WJS…
After executing over 1,000 Ukrainian intellectuals between October 27 and November 3, 1937, Soviet executioner Mikhail Metveyev was given a commemorative gift of a record player/radio and a set of records, for his "selfless work in the struggle against counter-revolution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAR…
Today I learned about the "Wow! signal", the strongest candidate for an alien radio transmission ever detected, received in 1977, by the Big Ear radio telescope in Ohio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow…
A radio station organized a bonfire to burn Beatles records after they claimed they were "more popular than Jesus". The next day, the station’s broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging equipment and sending the news director to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLU…
Learned that things emit radio waves (also known as millimeter wave) above certain temperature. youtube.com/watch?v=JBvHq…
In WWII British tanks, one man's job was to handle the radio, hull machine gun, and brewing tea whenever there was an opportunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
The first death in WWII was Franciszek Honiok, a German of Polish descent. The Gestapo murdered him and left his body at a radio station that the Gestapo, dressed in Polish uniforms, attacked. The body helped "prove" Polish aggression to justify the Nazi's invasion of Poland the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
An antibullying campaign by UK radio "Radio 1" gave out blue wristbands for people to pledge their support. Pupils who wore these wristbands soon after got bullied themselves. theguardian.com/education…
In 1949 a journalist of Quito (Ecuador)made a radio program were he adapts the novel "War of the worlds" like it was happening in quito. He wanted to be a experiment, so he didn't tell it was a novel. People believed it was trully the end of the world. 6 persons died. eltiempo.com/mundo/latino…
An instrumental version of the song "Sukiyaki", a story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, was played by NASA over the radio for the Gemini VII astronauts as mood music, thereby becoming one of the first pieces of music sent to humans in space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suk…
In 1956 two young girls who were obsessed with Elvis Presley went missing after going to see "Love Me Tender" for the 15th time. Elvis was so concerned that he issued a public appeal over the radio pleading with them to be β€œgood Presley fans and go home and ease their mother's worries". thecurrentatahs.com/5032/…
Queen Elizabeth II was tricked into conducting a 17-minute telephone conversation with a Canadian radio DJ/impressionist who she believed to be the then Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. independent.co.uk/news/qu…
Iron Maiden lead singer, Bruce Dickinson is considered a polymath by Intelligent Life magazine due to excelling in a wide variety of pursuits. He is a commercial pilot, presented shows on radio and TV, written novels, brews his own beer and was once ranked 7th in Great Britain for fencing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Phil Hendrie was the host of a nationally syndicated talk radio show which featured Phil moderating debates between outrageous guests and irate callers. Unbeknownst to the callers, the guests were all voiced by Phil who seamlessly alternated between his studio mic and a telephone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Actors who have used drugs, visited prostitutes, or broken the law are not allowed to appear on television, movies, or other forms of broadcast (radio and advertisement) in China bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
Meteors blasting through earth's atmosphere can be used for long distance radio communications en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
In 1992, National Public Radio ran a spot with former President Richard Nixon saying he was running for president again. It was an actor, not Nixon, and the segment was an April Fools' prank. history.com/topics/holida…
Before we had man-made communications satellites, a technique called the "Moon bounce" was used to send long range radio signals. Radio waves were sent up from Earth, bounced off the Moon, and then back down to a receiver on Earth. The technique is still used by some amateur radio operators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Diegetic music in a film or TV programme is part of the action and can be heard by the characters (car radio, night-club scene...), rather than being just for the people watching to hear, which is called non-diegetic sounds. filmsound.org/terminology…
In 1968, N. Vietnamese troops attacked a top-secret CIA radio station atop a hill in Laos. It was manned by U.S. civilian contractors, and Richard Etchberger. With only an M-16 and a radio, Richard held the hill for 4 hours, ultimately sacrificing himself so the others could escape. taskandpurpose.com/richar…
Today I learned of Radiofax, analogue mode for transmitting monochrome images via high frequency radio waves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Russia was forced to release ten pirates who had taken over an oil tanker, due to having insufficient legal grounds to detain them. They released them in an inflatable boat without any navigation equipment. Radio contact was lost within an hour. It’s believed that they all perished. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/86759…
USSR used remotely controlled tanks during WW2. They were called "Teletanks" and were able to recognize sixteen to twenty-four different commands sent via radio and drop armored box-bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
Steven Spielberg's father, Arnold Spielberg, built a his own ham radio from scraps when he was 15, became an early computer pioneer in the 1950s and recently celebrated his 103rd birthday! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arn…
The Heaviside Layer, best known for having to do with reincarnating cats in the musical "Cats," is real, and is the reason why you can hear further radio stations at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
In 1990, Using his knowledge of telephone systems, Kevin Poulsen, alias β€œDark Dante,” hacked the phone lines of a radio station to become the winning caller for a brand new Porsche. He was called the β€œHannibal Lecter” of computer crime by the media youtube.com/watch?v=FfKId…
The town of Green Bank, W.Va., population 143, is home to the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope and that to protect the sensitive equipment from interference, Wi-Fi is banned, and cellphone signals are nonexistent. cnn.com/interactive/2015/…
The voice of Master Chief from Halo hosts a classic rock radio station in Chicago youtube.com/watch?v=jrC2B…
In 1972 Canadian radio station CBC held a poll to find a national simile (an answer to 'As American as apple pie'). The winning response was "As Canadian as possible under the circumstances." dougdyment.com/hscott.htm…
A pair of Miami DJ's prank called Fidel Castro in 2003. They pretended to be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to get Castro on the line, and had a brief chat before telling Castro he had been fooled. Castro responded with a brief verbal tirade. The radio station was later fined $4,000 news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
In the United Kingdom, it is an offense to watch or record TV without a valid license. The TV Licensing authority can prosecute you, and the fine can be as much as Β£1,000. The TV license fee goes towards the services provided by the BBC, including TV, radio and online content. litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/m…
By law, at least 35% of the music Canadian radio stations play must be from Canadian artists edwardslaw.ca/cancon/
The first TV remote control, created by Zenith Radio Corporation in 1950, was called "Lazy Bones" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
About 1 percent of the static on fm radio's and old crt analog TV's is caused by radio waves generated during the big bang. You can literally listen to or watch the birth of the universe. universetoday.com/25560/t…
The first ever in-flight radio transmission was, "Roy, come and get this goddamn cat" purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/…
That, in 1965, a radio personality in Vancouver committed to living on the top of the massive Bowmac car dealership sign until all the cars were sold. He had been poisoning his wife with arsenic for months, and the nine day gap in the poisoning would later get him convicted of her murder. evelazarus.com/the-sensat…
In 1940, Gen. Bonner Fellers was assigned as an attachΓ© to the British in Egypt, reporting on operations back to the US. Despite his repeated concerns, he was told to transmit intel by radio. For 6 months, the Germans intercepted these, relying on them so much, he was called "The Good Source" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
Today I learned about the Wow! Signal, "the strongest candidate for an alien radio transmission ever detected." It was buried by news of Elvis's death the following day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow…
There is a radio station in New Orleans for the blind. Volunteers every day read the local newspaper on the air, along best-sellers, grocery ads, stories for kids, mysteries, the Wall Street Journal, young adult novels and much more. nola.com/tv/2012/09/wrbh_…
The first Westerner to compete in a professional Tuvan/Mongolian throat singing competition was a blind blues musician who discovered the style through a Russian radio broadcast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The term Soap Opera originated with radio dramas that were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
A radio station held an on-air "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which a 28-year-old participant died hours later of "water intoxication" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDN…
The earliest known recording of a radio broadcast is of an address delivered by Woodrow Wilson on the anniversary of Armistice Day in 1923, only a few months before his death c-span.org/video/?418067-…
Douglas Adams' BBC radio play for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy included "The Total Perspective Vortex", some of the earliest concepts for Virtual Reality that ever appeared in science fiction. hitchhikers.fandom.com/wi…
Buddy Holly's wife found out about his death while watching TV and suffered a miscarriage the next day due to "psychological trauma"; his mother heard the news on the radio and collapsed. Soon after, authorities adopted a policy of notifying a victim's family before their name was released. content.time.com/time/art…
Radio DJs Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan mocked Aaron Hernandez for being gay two days before he committed suicide newyorker.com/sports/spor…
The spec script to the 1992 film "Radio Flyer", written by David Mickey Evans created a bidding war among the studios and ended up selling to Columbia Pictures for $1.25 million, at the time the highest price paid to a new screenwriter ever. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Irish was the majority language spoken throughout Ireland until the late 1700s, however today only circa 75,000 people speak Irish on a daily basis. Irish is classified as β€˜definitely endangered’ by UNESCO, yet today there are vibrant Irish medium television, and radio stations michelthomas.com/learn-ir…
Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut came from Mars. The Mars company that is. She replied to a radio advertisement in 1989 to get the space fairing job. britannica.com/biography/…
The 1975 international hit 'Convoy' celebrated truckers' pre-cellphone 'citizen band' radio slang, and was the inspiration for a Sam Peckinpah film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
When Elvis Presley's debut single was first played on the local radio station, he was invited for an on-air interview. The DJ asked Elvis which high school he attended: a roundabout way of informing the audience of his race without actually asking the question en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Desert Island Discs. It's a BBC radio program that's been on air since 1942. Each week a guest is asked to choose eight recordings (usually music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
A Colorado bear broke into a Subaru SUV & caused it to roll backwards downhill & crush a mailbox. The bear shattered the Subaru's back window, ripped out the radio and steering wheel, and defecated inside. 2- 3 bears get stuck in cars each week in the area, officials say. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The legendary Johnny Cash fought for the rights of Native Americans and dedicated an entire album to them. Radio stations refused to play any of the album. In retaliation, Cash bought an ad on Billboard asking: "Where are your guts?" billboard.com/amp/article…
Shouting for a performer to play the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune FREEBIRD was originally a radio stunt to troll Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady) when she used to give solo concerts. voanews.com/student-union…
Producer Lee Mendelson was working on a Peanuts special whenβ€”while driving over the Golden Gate Bridgeβ€”Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind came on the radio. He was so moved, he immediately booked lunch with Guaraldi & asked him to score the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas. pri.org/stories/2014-12-2…
The RMS Niagra was struck by mines off the coast of Auckland NZ carrying 590 gold ingots as payment from the UK to the USA during WWII. A secret rescue mission was carried out in '41 by an old steamship to retrieve the gold using a chamber, a radio and a grab. They retrieved 555 ingots of gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS…
The practice of playing music for callers on hold began with a faulty phone line connection. A loose wire touching the steel frame of an office building caused it to act as a giant radio receiver, allowing callers to hear music from local radio stations while they waited on hold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
That in the late 50's and early 60's conducted 'High Altitude Nuclear Explosions'. The footage of it is really cool. They did everything from frying a satellite and radio stations with the large EMP pulse it emitted. nerdist.com/article/heres…

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