Re: Pearl Harbor broadcast

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Posted ByTanya Shaw on September 20, 2001 at 18:14:56:

In Reply to: Re: Pearl Harbor broadcast posted byLaura Leff on September 20, 2001 at 13:49:23:

: : 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.

: In light of recent events, I have decided to use the shows of 11/30/41 and 12/7/41 for the October chat. You can download them through our chat announcement (see featured items on the home page).

: --L
In response to Gerry's letter about programs continuing
after Pearl Harbor unlike last week, I think people
of today expect nothing less than continuing coverage
which I agree with. Gerry, you brought up a real
interesting point about Jack's generation......I
wonder what people 60 years ago thought about programs
continuing on in spite the fact that Pearl Harbor
had been bombed. I don't know this for sure, but
I wouldn't be surprised if 3 years later, they had
more continuous coverage of the D-Day invasion....I
can imagine why they would.
Last week on Tuesday, I was listening to a co-worker's
radio and running periodically to another room to
watch CNN on T.V. For me personally, there was
something much more frightening about listening to
it on the radio than seeing it unfold on T.V. Don't
know why that is........

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