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Commercial radio has played a tremendously important role in popular culture. It was the technological breakthrough that finally allowed us to experience live news events and entertainment right in our own homes, and to share those moments with millions of fellow listeners. Radio's seminal role in bringing us together has made it an enduring source of nostalgia, as well as the springboard for numerous legends.

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Baghdad Betty:
Red bullet During the Gulf War, an Iraqi government propaganda broadcaster nicknamed "Baghdad Betty" warned American soldiers that "Bart Simpson is making love to your wife."

The Green Hornet:
Multi-colored bullet Kato's nationality was changed from Japanese to
Filipino after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Lone Ranger:
Red bullet A ruse was employed to cover up the death of radio's Lone Ranger.

McCarthy, Clem:
White bullet Veteran announcer Clem McCarthy got the chance to call the first network radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby due to another announcer's embarrassing gaffe.

Schlessinger, Dr. Laura:
Green bullet Dr. Laura Schlessinger stated during a broadcast that all pit bulls are a "waste of space" and should be "put down."

Tufts, Sonny:
Red bullet Celebrity guesting on a radio program announces with bewildered amazement that the following week's featured star will be Sonny Tufts.

Uncle Don:
Red bullet Uncle Don once signed off his children's program by saying "That oughta hold the little bastards!" White bullet A child has an unexpected reaction to Uncle Don's divulging the location of a hidden gift.

von Zell, Harry:
Green bullet Announcer Harry von Zell once referred to the President of the United States as "Hoobert Heever."

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