At 2:20pm Eastern on Oct. 3, 2018, FEMA conducted a live test of the Emergency Alert System. The familiar EAS tone was heard on stations across the U.S., including an Entercom Hot Adult Contemporary station in New York.
It seems listeners of this station heard a similar tone during the station’s morning show earlier that day. A whistleblower informed the Enforcement Bureau that the EAS tone aired as part of a skit lampooning the test set for later that day.
Now, Entercom faces a proposed $20,000 fine for the wakeup whoops.