Contact Us

42 Years Ago Today, US Citizen’s Panicked Over False Emergency Broadcast Message

air raid siren

We’ve all heard the message.  “This is a test of the emergency alert system, this is only a test, if this was an actual emergency instructions would follow.”  And then it goes on for a bit, followed by sqwak and the bleeps.  We grew up hearing it, and if you’re like me you might have wondered what a real message would sound like.   Back in 1971, a real authenticated message was sent out.  Here’s what it sounded like.

Subscribe to B105 on


Turns out what happened was a guy who had been doing the job for years at civil defense loaded the wrong tape.  That simple.  In this video, you could hear the radio announcer Bob Sievers desribe what they knew…. which was nothing.  You can hear the stress in his voice, a little frustration, and restrained panic.  Imagine yourself in that situation.  The world could be ending.  This could be the beginning of a nuclear holocaust!  Nope, some guy loaded the wrong tape.

A lot of folks say it took 10 years off their life, those panicking five minutes.  Read more about it

Best of B105

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for B105 Backstage quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive B105 Backstage contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.