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Amazing Radio Facts – Part 2

The second edition about amazing facts all to do with the radio continues as we once again tune in to some of the most interesting events that have happened over the airways. In part one we saw how important radio was during the war years of WWII, and how the officials of Iceland deemed that the heavens were more important than lighting the streets.

The Emperor of Japan

The first time that Japan aired the voice of their emperor over the radio airways was when he read a statement declaring surrender in WWII. The Japanese Emperor was considered a god by his people, and he lived a remote existence in his palace. His people would never have heard his voice ever before, and the auspicious occasion was blighted by the message he was relaying.

The Most Popular Song in 2000’s

During the decade of the 2000’s, a poll was taken on which song was played the most on American radio. The winning song was played over 1.2 million times and it was by Nickleback. How You Remind Me became the most popular song in the new millennium and it spoke volumes on what type of music the American public preferred during this period.

Saving the Tower

Around the turn of the 1900’s, the French Government thought that the upkeep of the Eiffel Tower was proving too costly. It had still not become such a tourist attraction that it is today, and the government had drawn up plans to scrap the iconic tower. But WWI broke out and the Tower was seen as a vital communications platform for a radio tower, both intercepting and transmitting important military messages. Radio had saved the Eiffel Tower, which is now such an important emblem of Paris.

Tourists arrive to queue at the ticket office down the Eiffel tower as they come to visit the monument, in Paris, on September 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LUDOVIC MARIN

Aliens Have Landed

In 1938 the American people woke up to the broadcast by Orsen Wells relaying the famous War of the Worlds episode. The media of day recorded mass hysteria broke out all over the U.S, and that the nation was in widespread panic. The broadcast lasted just over an hour and Wells recanted the story of Martians firing deadly heat-rays and taking over the planet. The newspaper reports of the American people being terrified and barricading their doors remained unchallenged for almost a decade.

However, it is now recognized as sensationalism, and no widespread panic ever took place. The event remains one of the most powerful demonstrations of the power of radio.

The Unknown Signal

Since 1982 there has been a signal transmitting from somewhere near Moscow that nobody knows anything about. This mysterious signal features an unusual buzzing sound that nobody has been able to decipher, and every couple of years the signal is broken by the transmission of random numbers and names. This transmission continues today, over thirty years since it started and still the world is not any closer in finding out what the buzzing is all about.

Perhaps it is another War of the Worlds, perhaps something more devious? And perhaps we will never find out!  

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