What happened to the Emergency Broadcast System?

“Miss those old two-tone attention signals, do we?”

Actually, the two-tone signal was an innovation that came more than a decade after the EBS was implemented (around 1976), and it was in response to a system failure. The Emergency Broadcast System itself grew out of the CONELRAD (Control of Electronic Radiation) system created in 1951.

A decent description of CONELRAD can be found at http://www.westgeorgia.org/conelrad/ and a brief history of how EBS and ENS came to be can be found at http://www.oldradio.com/current/bc_conel.htm However, oldradio.com’s description of the EBS attention signal pre-1976 is incorrect (see: http://www.akdart.com/images/EBS-att.png).

Welcome to the Straight Dope Message Boards, DJ Dolan, we’re glad tohave you with us.

When you start a thread, it’s helpful to other readers if you provide a link to the column or staff report you’re discussing. saves search time and helps keep us all on the same page. In this case, I presume, it’s What happened to the Emergency Broadcast System?

No biggie, you’ll know for next time, and, as I say, welcome!