TIL NBC would occasionally add a fourth note to its chimes to notify reporters to immediately return to the office to prepare historic news reports. The fourth chime was most famously used during the nation’s D-Day reports, but was discontinued after WWII.

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The key word is occasionally; they used it when it was absolutely needed. On the other end of the spectrum, when is “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” not preceded with the breaking news bulletin? I mean, that has to be just part of the standard lead in, right?


Is it true that the tones are G, E, C as a tie back to General Electric?


Well you might need to bring that shit back


Still the only thing I ever learned to play on my guitar.


Kinda frustrating that they don’t describe the note/tone/pitch of the 4th chime anywhere in the article.