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There's something spooky - or at least cheap - about the FCC's announcement.

OnMedia: Don't be afraid, it's only a test, a national test


I remember the weekly air raid sirens that went off during recess in my grade school days in Chicago. The guys would regularly say, "Why don't the Russians just attack us during that weekday morning test?"

Of course, we figured this wasn't just a Chicago test.

Well, if you're watching TV or listening to the radio at 1 p.m. Wednesday, get ready for that big national test of the Emergency Alert System.

It covers cable and satellite TV, as well.

The planning for the event has been a little clunky. It was originally supposed to tie up your TV and radio for three full minutes. In our short-attention span age, that's a heckuva long time.

The bureaucrats wised up and cut it back to a 30-second test. But not before producing this awkward 30-second public service announcement that's been airing recently:

Isn't there something odd about that PSA? It's as if it's been locked in a basement for 12 years. Even the on-screen graphics identifying the stiff speaker are faded and hard to read.

Whatever, the big test will be over by 30 seconds after 1 p.m. Wednesday. And let's hope the Russians don't figure out that this is national.

And remember, it's only a test.

Talk about a Packers' win: Nielsen Media Research numbers show Channel 6 averaged 466,000 southeast Wisconsin homes for Sunday's Green Bay Packers win. That's 51.1 percent of all TV homes in the Milwaukee market, and a 76 percent share of TVs on at the time.

To measure how big a deal those numbers are, Channel 6 reports it was the highest-rated regular season Packers game since the 1997 season.

Talkbacks

devidia | Nov. 9, 2011 at 12:35 p.m. (report)

Don't they do these EAS tests all the time? What's the big deal with this one? And I think all that Russia could "attack" us with now would be frozen balls of borscht.

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jwind000 | Nov. 8, 2011 at 6:41 p.m. (report)

If I were writing a movie, what better time to attack the U.S. than when we all believe what we're hearing and seeing 'is just a test'? just sayin'

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crackerbat | Nov. 8, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. (report)

believe it or not, we were still doing the ole "duck and cover and kiss your ass goodby" drills well into the 80's at my gradeschool.

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Bobinbrowndeer | Nov. 8, 2011 at 12:08 p.m. (report)

Forget the sirens, in Chicago of the 50's you were only protected from being atomized by laying on your stomach, hands over your head & your butt up in the air, and then, only if you were under your desk.

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