Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This is a Test of The Emergency Broadcast System!

This Wednesday at 2 PM Eastern time radio and TV stations will stop regular programming and conduct a 60 second test of the national Emergency Alert System. I am sure most of you heard these tests growing up, they go back to 1951.

I did hear the alert system once on the car radio while driving up the NJ Turnpike to North Jersey, it was for a major snow storm due to hit the following day, back in the early ninety's. The car was a Mazda RX-7, loved that car!

Above videos are past tests from WPIX and WCBS TV stations.

These TV tests remind me of simpler times growing up, a handful of TV channels, and great Saturday morning cartoons.


  1. Good afternoon Jim, I can remember as a kid hearing "this is a test of the emergency broadcasting system....this is only a test" Then hearing this crazy tone for a minute or so.

  2. Hi Michael,
    That was a crazy tone come to think of it. These days I am surprised we do not hear it more.
    Have a nice weekend- Jim