(CBS) — Today is the 30th anniversary of one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of local broadcasting.
WBBM’s Rob Hart looks back at the exploits of the Video Pirate.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Second Sunday Night Tornado Confirmed; Cool And Clear Monday Night
Channel 2 anchor Bill Kurtis was among the journalists trying to explain what happened late in the evening of Nov. 22, 1987.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: 130 Homes Damaged In Tornado In West, Southwest Suburbs As Dangerous Storms Hit Chicago Area Sunday Night
Someone dressed as the science fiction character Max Headroom broke into programming on Channel 9 and Channel 11.
The Channel 9 intrusion had no audio. But when the pirate hacked channel 11 two hours later, Max Headroom “spoke,” albeit in garbled audio.MORE NEWS: Assessing The Damage: Tornado That Ripped Through DuPage County Classified As EF-3
The video pirate has never been caught. It’s the city’s version of a perfect crime.