Citizen’s Band (C.B.) 10/4 Weekend
Airs Friday 10/3 at 5 pm ET through Sunday 10/5 at 11 pm ET
Breaker! Breaker One-Nine! Before there were cell phones, Facebook and Twitter handles, we went crazy over the C.B. From the oil crisis of ‘73 came lower-speed limits, and ‘Smokey Bear’ was using ‘radar’ to give out ‘Christmas Cards.’
Following the lead of the inventive 18-wheel trucker, we learned a coded language for giving ‘bear reports,’ the time of day (a “10-36”), and finding stations that weren’t sold out of gas… But most importantly, America had found its chat room and social media. From coast to coast, millions of newbies installed a 23-channel unit and, by 1976, there were so many radios in use, the channels became almost unintelligible with chatter.
The FCC responded by adding 17 more channels, and Hollywood fueled the craze with a C.B.-themed blockbuster ‘Smokey and The Bandit’ starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Fields and Jerry Reed.
As the ‘70s came to a close, the C.B. magnet-mounted antennas began to slowly disappear. New ‘radar detectors’ were in mass production which gave the driver an escape from the ‘ratchet jaws’, noisy squeals and harsh static. Today, the C.B. channels are mostly silent but for the trucker and a few highly amped pirates who still work the night-time atmosphere looking for distant contact.
To recall this era, we ask callers (877-SIRI-XM-7) to give us their handle and speak the slanguage of the beloved 4 watt C.B. on a “10/4 Weekend!”