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February 15, 2011

inothernews:

Via damendinteresting:

In spite of the quick actions of WGN-TV engineers, Chicago had not yet seen the last of of this new signal-plundering pirate. Almost exactly two hours after the first unplanned detour from normality, at 11:15pm, viewers of the PBS affiliate WTTW were absorbing an episode of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who when their TV pictures danced sporadically for a moment. With a randomly gyrating panel of corrugated metal used as a backdrop, the unnerving Max Headroom doppelganger launched into an eccentric diatribe in a highly distorted voice. With no engineers on location at the transmission tower, WTTW employees looked on helplessly as the intruder seized control of their broadcast to say the following:

  • “He’s a freaky nerd!”
  • “This guy’s better than Chuck Swirsky.” (a WGN -TV sportscaster at the time)
  • “Oh Jesus!”
  • “Catch the wave.” (a reference to the New Coke marketing slogan)
  • “Your love is fading.”
  • (hums the theme song to the 1959 TV series “Clutch Cargo”)
  • “I stole CBS.”
  • (unintelligible)
  • “Oh, I just made a giant masterpiece printed all over the greatest world newspaper nerds.”
  • “My brother is wearing the other one.”
  • “It’s dirty.”
  • “They’re coming to get me!”

This symphony of strangeness reached its crescendo when the rubber-masked imposter dropped his trousers, exposed his backside, and weathered a spirited flyswatter spanking from a female assistant. Moments later the picture went dark, and the surreal signal terminated in a flash of static. Viewers were dumped back into the pedestrian world of Doctor Who as though the bizarre buttocks-swatting incident had never happened. Many were confused and troubled by the display. The following day a number of viewers contacted the station to lodge their complaints regarding the “nudity.” In a television interview, one flustered Doctor Who fan summed up his reaction: “I got so upset that I wanted to bust the TV set… I really did.”

NIGHTMARES.

Again. This is one of our favorite things ever.

22:29 // 3 years ago
essjaye:

gazeatyourshoe:

liquidatomicgonads:

In Chicago, November 22, 1987, two intrusions on television broadcasts were made by a hijacker wearing a Max Headroom mask. The pirate remains one of the few people ever successful in overriding a major broadcast, and was never caught.

Video of this is chilling.

Terror!

This is one of our favorite things ever. Beyond being one of the inspirations for the name of our weekly political clips feature, we find this incident endlessly fascinating. Also worth reading about is “Captain Midnight,” the satellite dish operator who interrupted HBO’s signal to protest the pay network’s increasing rates.

essjaye:

gazeatyourshoe:

liquidatomicgonads:

In Chicago, November 22, 1987, two intrusions on television broadcasts were made by a hijacker wearing a Max Headroom mask. The pirate remains one of the few people ever successful in overriding a major broadcast, and was never caught.

Video of this is chilling.

Terror!

This is one of our favorite things ever. Beyond being one of the inspirations for the name of our weekly political clips feature, we find this incident endlessly fascinating. Also worth reading about is “Captain Midnight,” the satellite dish operator who interrupted HBO’s signal to protest the pay network’s increasing rates.

(Source: liquidatomicgonads, via cyborgmidnight)

20:55 // 3 years ago