Re: Pearl Harbor broadcast

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Posted ByGerry O. on September 20, 2001 at 01:25:24:

In Reply to: Re: Pearl Harbor broadcast posted byTanya Shaw on September 19, 2001 at 19:19:39:

: This episode sends chills down my spine every time
: I hear the very beginning, a man announces
: that they would interrupt the broadcast for any news
: updates. Then right after Dennis starts singing his
: song, they interrupt the show.....they mention that
: all police officers and anyone on the police force
: are instructed to report to work for 12 hour shifts
: or something along those lines. To hear those interruptions
: on radio for war updates makes my stomach drop. If
: you're really interested in this broadcast (Dec.7),
: I highly recommend that you also get Nov.30, Dec.14,
: and Dec. 21. All excellent shows (quite funny as
: a matter of fact) and they all fit together.
: Having been born in 1970, Sept. 11 to be exact
: (I never want to celebrate my birthday again), I
: always hoped that I would NEVER have to experience
: what people experienced during WWI and WWII. But
: now my worst fears have come true. On the other
: hand, I also was afraid that I might never get the
: chance to experience the wonderful patriotism that
: Americans came to know during WWII. And now I
: know what it was like.............

: God Bless America!!!!!
: Tanya Shaw

When people say that last week's tragic events were "just like Pearl Harbor", I think that it's interesting to note a BIG difference in the reaction of the American public. After the Pearl Harbor attack, radio comedy shows were being broadcast LIVE as soon as that very evening...They were being interrupted for news bulletins, but they were still being performed and broadcast. Last week, none of the major TV networks would have even THOUGHT of showing a comedy program (or ANY regular programming for that matter). Of course there are obvious differences in the two events, but it's interesting to note the dramatic difference in public and network attitudes as well.

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