that horrible BEEP

A. Joseph Ross
Sat Jan 19 23:57:11 EST 2008

On 19 Jan 2008 at 9:28, Dan.Strassberg wrote:

> I believe that those "blips" were (barely) audible cues from a system
> that CBS installed at the radio network in (I think) the '50s and
> continued to use for decades thereafter. It was called NetAlert. If
> I'm not mistaken, I first heard NetAlert cues on WROW Albany after it
> replaced WTRY Troy as the CBS affiliate in New York's Capital
> District. That would have been while I was in college around 1953 or
> so.

Since I remember it, and we moved to Albany just after Thanksgiving 
1953, I think this would have been sometime in 1954 or maybe 1955.  I 
never understood why the change took place, but it affected three of 
the four networks and four stations.  CBS moved from WTRY to WROW, 
ABC moved from WROW to WPTR, and Mutual moved from WPTR to WOKO.  NBC 
remained on WGY.

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