The Max Headroom Incident: The Time Hackers Broadcast a Bizarre Signal to all of Chicago Television

The Max Headroom Incident: The Time Hackers Broadcast a Bizarre Signal to all of Chicago Television

On a late-November evening in 1987, two Chicago television stations were victims of a broadcast signal takeover.

After an earlier hijack attempt on WGN-9 during the 9:00 News, a broadcast on WTTW-11 of the Doctor Who episode “Horror of Fang Rock” would be interrupted by a man wearing a Max Headroom mask. The crazed person uttered mostly gibberish and bashed the Chicago Tribune and its subsidiaries, before he dropped his pants and was spanked by what appears to be a child. 90-seconds later, the program returned to normal. To this day, he remains at large.


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1 Comment

  1. butch

    03/19/2013 at 2:45 PM

    oh shit i forgot all about this!

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