Aug. 17, 2020

The Max Headroom Signal Hijacking | 199

The Max Headroom Signal Hijacking | 199
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Remember the good old days when hacking didn't mean election tampering? It just meant pirating a broadcast signal or putting a less than appropriate picture on the front page of someone's website. Well, we long for those simpler times and on this week's episode we're covering one of the most famous in history (hijacking broadcast signals…not naughty pictures). The Max Headroom Signal Hijacking took place here in the lower 4th (Chicago) on two separate stations (WGN / WTTW) on the same November night in 1987. And while the content wasn't sinister - it certainly did cause an uproar. The strange broadcast interruption was a weird blend of anti-establishment rant and absurdist comedy (with some spanking thrown in for good measure). The strangest thing? The case has never been solved. So grab you New Coke, pop in a blank VHS and hit record as we cover the The Max Headroom Signal Hijacking this week. Plus Conspiracy Bot goes all Outer Limits on us, then C-Bot decides to go hack someone else's podcast with Kyle's help, and Moxie LaBouche of the Your Brain on Facts podcast goes slummin' and joins this dumpster fire to help sort out the insanity. All of that and more on the podcast that's never been hacked (unless you count the robot co-host) - Hysteria 51.

Special thanks to this week’s research sources:
Research Assistant - Raymond Walden IV

Your Brain on Facts: Things You Didn't Know, Things You Thought You Knew, and Things You Never Knew You Never Knew (Trivia, Quizzes, Fun Facts) | Moxie LaBouche

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Who Was Behind the Max Headroom Incident? -}
Max Headroom WTTW Pirating Incident - 11/22/87 -
The Original Max Talking Headroom Show -
The Story of Max Headroom: Live on Network 23 -

Max Headroom Signal Hijacking -
The Max Headroom Show -
Max Headroom -
Captain Midnight broadcast signal intrusion -

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