This is Only a Test

Friday, August 13, 2004

Most of us still remember the old weekly test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Its ungodly tone and stern warning that "this is only a test" was a nice way to say “no, the ICBMs are not on the way." In the post-Cold War era the possibility of nuclear war has been replaced by terrorist attacks and other localized emergencies. Bill McConnell of Broadcasting & Cable magazine tells Bob that the FCC's first major overhaul of the Emergency Alert System in decades will rely on cutting edge technology.

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