Officials review 'civil emergency' br...

Officials review 'civil emergency' broadcast error

There are 8 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 16, 2008, titled Officials review 'civil emergency' broadcast error. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Ohio Emergency Management Agency officials were trying to determine why a ''civil emergency'' message mistakenly aired on cable and broadcast stations in 19 Ohio counties during an Amber Alert.

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Canton, OH

#2 Jun 17, 2008
I sure hope they fix that glitch. It scared me to death. They gave no information and there was no voice explaining it was an Amber alert. It made no sense.
Everybody Relax

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 17, 2008
Stop making such a big deal about it. I too saw the live broadcast as well. I knew it was either a test or a computer glitch right away, because there were no details. People are flipping out over this because it interrupted their primetime TV viewing for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, my TWC internet, phone and TV signals are constantly plagued with disruptions and outages. And no one seems to be organizing a task force to find out why and get it fixed. How come?

“LeBron = Born-again Tribe Fan!”

Since: May 07

Tallmadge, Ohio

#4 Jun 17, 2008
I recall listening to a Tribe game back in 1976 or so, and suddenly instead of Herb Score telling us "there's a two-hopper to short, Heidemann takes it on the first hop and throws him out" we heard something else.

In very stern tones, we heard a male voice say "This... is a national emergency!" followed by some beeping and dead air for several seconds.

Now THAT was exciting!
Scooter Moonpie

Akron, OH

#5 Jun 17, 2008
They're covering this up. It's just a test leading up to martial law in October.

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08


#6 Jun 17, 2008
Why does my gut tell me that TWC will have a "fix" that requires them to raise our rates?
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#7 Jun 17, 2008
"They're covering this up. It's just a test leading up to martial law in October."

LOL believe in the conspiracy!

1) It was the mother ship beaming commands to the aliens who control all earthly broadcasting to start the general panic, so they can commence their landing unopposed and quickly subjugate the masses.

2) No one detected the embedded code in TWC's transmission:

we_are_raising_your_rates_agai n_you_will_comply_resistance_i s_futile_we_will_add_16_channe ls_of_music_only_none_of_which _you_like_you_will_be_content_ you_will_be_happy_pay_your_bil l_on_time
Steve G

United States

#8 Jun 17, 2008
I'm a little confused, why is Time Warner even involved in this. And why does the alert only happen on broadcast and cable TV. What about the thousands of satellite TV subscribers? From this story it sounds like they don't get the message.

If the broadcast station sends it out as part of their signal, wouldn't that go out to everybody automatically.

I guess it has something to do with targeting the information to certain areas/counties. That is something that cable can do, which I don't believe satellite can.

San Jose, CA

#9 Jun 17, 2008
Yeah, we saw that thing come across our tv and it scared us to death. Please don't make the same mistake again!

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