Max Headroom: Cyberpunk Mystery

This is the original airing of Max Headroom Pirating Incident on WTTW Chicago during a broadcast of Dr. Who. This was one of two television hijackings that took place on this day in 1987. Earlier in the evening on the same day, during the Nine O’Clock News on WGN-TV Channel 9, Max Headroom broke in and interrupted the sportscast.

The people behind the stunt were never caught, and who did it remains a mystery today.

Coke jumped on the incident with this commercial, and I’m pretty sure Jim Carrey got famous mimicking him.

Was this one of the biggest PR stunts in the history of television or the work of some modern day airwave pirates out to prove a point? Whatever it was, it got us talking and was sorta creepy.

About Jason Bakker

Jason Bakker is a native Minnesotan and has been working in the area of youth marketing for nearly a decade. He currently works with Minneapolis based Campus Media Group as the Director of Marketing and is responsible for following trends in the ever-changing landscape of youth culture and media usage, and for consulting advertising agency and national brand professionals on how to develop integrated marketing programs that reach college youth.