Monday, May 05, 2014

1987 Pirate Broadcast Hijacked Dr. Who Episode in Chicago

Here is a weird news story I came across. I don't know if I would call it creepy, but certainly very strange. In 1987 a Chicago area television news station was broadcasting the the popular British television show Dr. Who episode "Horror of Fang Rock". During the broadcast an individual(s) overpowered the signal and appeared on the screen for 90 seconds. He was disguised in a Max Headroom mask and was dancing around and speaking in distorted speech. At one point he drops his pants and someone begins to spank him with a fly swatter. At the time the station had no idea how the signal was able to be hijacked and who do it.Very strange, especially at that time, I wouldn't think the average person would be able to accomplish this.

Although, I think perhaps the strangest thing about the video is that a viewer who is interviewed on the following news story. Some viewer was so upset he claims he "wanted to bust" his TV set. Seems pretty extreme.. I mean how is he going to catch the following weeks thrilling Dr. Who episode.

CBS News Story (1987)

The full hijacking video as viewers experienced in back in 1987

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