Emergency Broadcast System Test (1983)

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Here's a test of the Emergency Broadcast System (or as they were referred to here, "Emergency Broadcasting System") that aired on WLS Channel 7. The text was modified somewhat from this 1981 EBS test on WMAQ Channel 5:

"This is a test. This station is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [sic] System. This is only a test . . .

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [sic] System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with Federal, state and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, the attention signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news or instructions. This station serves the Northeast Illinois area. This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System."


And for the record, the combined 853 and 960 Hz tone commences 10 seconds into this clip and lasts 24 seconds.

Voiceover by ??

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, January 28th 1983 during the 3pm to 4:30pm timeframe.


Date Uploaded: 01/02/2013

Tags: 1980s   WLS Channel 7   Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) Tests & Related Clips     




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this 1981 EBS test on WMAQ Channel 5:

"This is a test. This station is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [sic] System. This is only a test . . .

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [sic] System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with Federal, state and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, the attention signal you just heard would have been followed by official information, news or instructions. This station serves the Northeast Illinois area. This concludes this test of the Emergency Broadcast System."


And for the record, the combined 853 and 960 Hz tone commences 10 seconds into this clip and lasts 24 seconds.

Voiceover by ??

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, January 28th 1983 during the 3pm to 4:30pm timeframe." /> Share

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