THE MAX HEADROOM INCIDENT. November 22nd, 1987 was a pretty normal evening for television viewers in Chicago. That night, like every night, Dan Roan was covering sports on WGN-TV, Channel 9.
Then suddenly, the signal was disrupted and screens across the city cut to black.
Engineers at WGN-TV thought their transmitters were failing.
They weren’t. A few seconds later, something crazy happened.
WGN’s broadcast signal had been hijacked in what is now known as “The Max Headroom Incident”.
WGN-TV was able to act quickly and get their signal back. But, Two hours later, it would happen again to another TV station and there was nothing they could do to stop it.
What happens next remains one of the most bizarre unsolved crimes in television history.
Let’s find out why.
Tinfoil hat stories:
00:00 – The Max Headroom Incident
00:30 – First Intrusion on WGN
01:09 – WGN Regains Control
02:22 – PBS Channel 11 Intrusion
04:34 – Who Was Max Headroom?
07:15 – Breakdown of the Video
09:55 – How The Signal Was Hacked
12:18 – Captain Midnight Hacks HBO
14:02 – Who Was the Hacker?
15:14 – Thanks For Watching!
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