SYRACUSE — “Disaster never sounded catchier!” That’s part of the description posted along with an old recording of an old Emergency Alert System jingle custom-produced for WHEN “circa 1975.” The jingle has been posted on YouTube.
Tip of the hat to Y94FM (WYYY) host Tony Fallico for posting the link on Facebook; that’s how we found out about it. The jingle basically makes a song out of the usually dry, monotone reads of the required EBS test “spiel” required by the FCC back when EBS was in place.
Updated 4/14/12: We discovered the original video was gone, but someone else had since reposted it. Here’s the current version… this one repeats the jingle a few times, so after you hear it the first time, there’s no need to listen through the entire 2 minutes.
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On Facebook, Tony says he doesn’t believe the jingle ever aired. But Peter McElvein, now the PD at WCNY-FM, says he actually ran the jingle on many occasions when he worked at WHEN — and our thanks to Peter for correcting which version of the WHEN logo matches with the timeframe when this jingle was used. (See additional clarification on the jingle in Peter’s comment, below this article.) Feel free to add your own memories below. If you don’t have a login to post comments, sign up for free.