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CONELRAD Radio Alert 'Real Thing' (WBEN AM, Buffalo, NY): Unknown Announcer (but probably Ward Fenton) [1953]

Thankfully, this 1953 recording sat unused for half a century at the transmitter site of a Buffalo radio station before an observant engineer discovered it sitting in a dusty drawer. One glance at the red underlined title at the top of the smudged label signaled the 12" disk's eerie significance: REAL THING. Indeed, this record, with its announcer's impossibly smooth (and calm) voice, would have been the last 'thing' hundreds of thousands of Buffalonians would have ever heard had it become necessary to be played.
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CONELRAD Radio Alert 'Real Thing' (WBEN AM, Buffalo, NY): Unknown Announcer (but probably Ward Fenton) [1953]

We interrupt our normal program to cooperate in security and in Civil Defense measures as requested by the United States Government. This is a CONELRAD radio alert. Normal broadcasting will now be discontinued for an indefinite period. Civil defense information will be broadcast in most areas at 640 and at 1240 on your regular radio receiver. All residents in and around Erie County will receive official Erie County defense bulletins on 640 kilocycles on your radio receiver while the residents in and around Niagara County should tune to 1240 kilocycles. I repeat, normal broadcasting will be discontinued for an indefinite period. Civil defense information will be broadcast in most areas at 640 and at 1240 on your regular radio receiver.


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