CB Radios ~ Pop Culture of the Past
Do You Remember the CB Radio?
Long before there were cell phones, online interactive video games, blogging, twitter, emergency auto clubs, the GPS or even Onstar, there were CB Radios and the best part: after your purchased your radio, the airtime was free. Yes, you heard me right, the predecessor to your cell phone was free to use.
While having so many automobile drivers on the road using their cb radio probably drove the professional truck drivers crazy, it was a whole passel of fun for everyone else. After all, in what other situation can you imagine a Texas Beauty Queen talking to "Fur"ocious Leo. or a Georgia Peach chatting it up with a mysterious dark haired fellow named Shadow? OhMe!
Oh, yes, those were the days my friends when you really could get something for nothing, or at least, a very small initial cost and no monthly fee.
Breaker, Breaker 1 - 9
Be Sure To Read Carefully
There will be a Test at the end!
Music All CB Users Claimed (and played endlessly) - Convoy
The Language of the CB Radio & CBer's
Just a few things you needed to know
Your handle ~ Nickname of a CB User
Your 20 ~ Your Location
10-4 ~ Yes, ok or an afirmative answer
Back Door ~ the Area Behind a Vehicle
Bear ~ Police
Bear Bait ~ A Speeding Vehicle
Bear in the Grass ~ A Speed Trap
Bear Taking Pictures ~ Police Officer with Radar
Bear with Ears ~ Police Officer listening in on the CB
Breaker 1-9 ~ Letting others know you Want to Start or Join a Conversation
Come Back ~ Answer the Call
Come Again ~ Repeat your Last Transmission
Convoy ~ A Group of 3 or more Vehicles in a Line
Come Back ~ A Request for Someone to Answer or Respond to your Transmission
Disco Lights ~ Flashing Lights of an Emergency Vehicle
Drop the Hammer Down ~ PUshing the Accelerator down to Full Speed
Ears ~ Cb Radio
Flip Flop or Flip Side ~ The Return Leg of the Trip
Front Door ~ Leader of a Convoy
I'm Out or I'm Gone ~ Signing Off from the Conversation
Over and Out ~ Turning Off the CB
Plain Brown Wrapper ~ Unmarked Police Car
And everybody was your "good buddy"
Want To Hear How the Language was Used to Perfection? - Burt Reynolds at his Best!
Practical Uses for the CB Radio
Do these sound familiar?
- Talking to your friends while you were driving
- Tell everyone where you are and what you are doing
- Checking in when you arrive safely
- Getting Directions
- Finding out from The Party Animal where the party is tonight
- Just having someone to talk to while you are driving
- Coded Conversations
Just be careful what you say when anyone and everyone is listening. Remember, Loose Lips Sink Ships!
Cell Phone vs Citizen Band Radio
Which do you prefer?
Before eHarmony.com and Match.com
A Bit of CB Radio History
When the US government imposed a nationwide 55 mph speed limit in 1973, CB radios began to sale like hot cakes.
Drivers often used their CB radios to find gas stations, to avoid heavy traffic or accidents, to get detour information, but mostly to tell each other about speed traps.
During the 70's & 80's it became pretty common for drivers to establish conversations with one another during highway travel. Some just wanted company while they drove, but others just wanted to have fun!
To CB or not to CB, that is the Question!
Did you ever talk on a CB Radio? (If you are too young to remember when they were so popular, would you like to talk on a CB Radio?)
Yes, I thought it was a lot of fun!
Flirting? Really? - What Were They Thinking?
Multi Media History
CB Radios were so popular that movies, television and recording artists all wanted to capitalize on this fad and that only fueled the craze further.
Popular movies included "Smokey and the Bandit", "Convoy" and "Cannonball Run", followed by the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard". Of course, each of these shows had music and theme songs that helped boaster their popularity as well as the widespread use of the CB radio.
Everybody Loved Teddy Bear
Betty Ford used the CB handle
Memories of a Wonderful Fad
I remember well how cb radio's changed our lives. Making long road trips suddenly became more fun. We talked on the cb radio instead of playing letter games with road signs or torturing others with "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Although, I do remember some fellow getting on his cb and singing once. That was entertaining to us, but it made some of the other folks mad because they wanted to talk and he was tying up the airwaves.
For me, I think the highway became a friendlier place and I wasn't quite as afraid of having car problems on a cold windy winters night. After all, I was surrounded by all of my "good buddies." I felt certain that if I had any trouble, help would be at my back door.
Sometimes I miss those "friends." The cd player just keeps playing and never stops to listen and while the cell phone is wonderful, the person on the other line is usually a long way away, not right there on the highway with me sharing the road. It was neat knowing "Ladydove" had spotted the same deer up in the trees or that "HorseAndPony" was watching the same Baby Bear in the grass waiting to hand out Christmas cards.. By and large it made for a really cool speeding community in what now seems like it may have been in the "Twilight Zone."
Well I'm out for now and I'll catch you on the flip flop! Oh, and for all of you south bound Big Trucks, one of the original "Dixie Chicks" wants to remind you to keep em between the ditches and don't be feeding any of those bears now, you hear?!"
Sending This One Out to that Little Georgia Peach and Her Special Fellow
Sorry, no visual, audio only!
A Unique Hat for Your Favorite CBer - This hat is offered by a fellow RocketMom, Lensmaster Seashell2 ~ I think I know a "Travelin' Man" who would love this hat
For those of you who want to know for sure who was mentioned, take the quiz right above the comment box! Have Fun!!!!
© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse