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WVTV Channel 18 [Milwaukee, WI] - "Partial EBS Test" (1980)

Here's a partial test of the Emergency Broadcasting System on an unknown station in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. The person was recording some Woody Woodpecker cartoons and although they cut out the commercials they did decide to record most of the EBS test. It's pretty simple, consisting only of a single, rather discolored slide.

Did they have to traumatize kids by airing these tests during cartoons? It seems like they did the same thing in Chicago too from what I recall. They couldn't have aired them during more adult programming?

Voiceover by Bob Beringer.

This station serves the Southeast Wisconsin operational area..."

This aired on local Milwaukee TV in (most likely) early 1980.

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I am thinking maybe WVTV Channel 18?
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 8:19am.

Very likely how the film chain was calibrated. Don't know if it was RCA (TK-27?) or GE (PE-24 or PE-240), though. How the "whites" appeared (either pinkish or bluish or greenish or yellowish or whatever) would also be evident on the "round" test patterns shown by a station prior to its sign-on. Would anyone know what chains WVTV used?
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 12:52pm.

The might have been complying with the FCC regulation that it had to be done at random times during the week, between 8 AM and local sunset, emphasis on the "random." Still, they could have run it during the soaps and game shows and spared the kids.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 11:36pm.

I hated that!
Comment posted by Pete on Sunday, February 8th 2015 at 10:05pm.

Voiceover by Bob Beringer. WVTV Channel 18
Comment posted by Pushbutton on Saturday, February 24th 2018 at 6:49am.

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