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CB Radios ~ Pop Culture of the Past

Updated on March 28, 2015
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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?

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Before and

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!

Yes, I thought it was a lot of fun!

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  • renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

    Yes. I was a small kid and my pap paw would let me talk on his CB. My handle was "Tadpole."

  • petelovestoread 4 years ago

    great times on CB radios

  • PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

    You've got the Pacemaker here. And yes I still have my 23 channel system. Or at least I think I do. Half the fun was to see how far the skip would be to see how far west I could get.

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    I have talked on a CB radio and thought it was fun!

  • agreatlife 5 years ago

    I owned and operated a SSB rig about 30 years ago when I was in the South African military posted at a remote location. I used to make use of "skip" to chat long distance to other enthusiasts, was great fun!

  • zhein2 5 years ago

    Many think CB is an Antiquated System, Im a pilot, I use radios as a Lifeline and wealth of information day in and day out and I wanted to expand the Capabilities of my car. Being able to get real time data on traffic and having a lifeline in case the cell phone isn't usable (especially in the rocky mountains where I live and adventure into) is imperative and extremely useful. Radios will always be a very handy tool since they operate with minimal logistical support. Where cell phones need towers...

  • WilliamPower 5 years ago

    Spent hours on CB!

  • WerewolfCustoms1 5 years ago

    Oh, we used them, about 10 years ago, while we were still doing downhill runs with friends... :)

  • PrintedCircuits 5 years ago

    We tried once, but couldn't get through although I don't think we were using the correct wording. - Brings back some memories though

  • CentralTrans 6 years ago

    I got to talk on a cb as a kid when my dad was a truck driver. I always got a thrill out of it.

  • ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

    My parents has a CB in every car. Living in the country, it was a practical was to signal for help.

  • CreativeJuice 6 years ago

    This makes me feel cool because even if an only 23, I was able to experience CB. Awesome dad!

    I remember I used to play with it together with my childhood friend. oh, kind of remember her. However, the problem is, people in the room will hear everything. lol

    shei's looking back :b


  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Used the CB radio a lot back in my truck driving days.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    wow thank you

  • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    Oh yes, I loved to talk on a CB Radio

  • rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

    I remember my dad talking on a CB radio during the 70s. Boy, does this bring back a lot of memories and I loved the Smoky and the Bandit movie with Burt Reynolds. :-)

  • puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

    Yes, I've used CB's many times.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    Once, way back when! LOL Didn't know the "lingo".

  • Holley Web 7 years ago

    My dad was a trucker back then, so yes!

  • Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    Yes, I used to be "dark angel" (for dark hair)

No, I didn't want the whole world listening to my conversations!

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  • ruthtooth 6 years ago

    I don't want to use it in a fixed term, basis. However, I have tried using this when I was a little lid. The experience is awesome. This makes me feel so old.


    Used Nissan Cars

  • ohcaroline 6 years ago

    No, never used a CB radio.

  • Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    I was too young but it does sound a whole lot of fun!

  • ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

    Before cell phones my parents used CB's all the time. I never did.

  • Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

    I never got into it (I preferred using the good ol' rotary phone) but I did have a lot of friends who were big on the CB craze when we were teens!

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

"First Mama"

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?!"

I'm Gone!

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

Travelin' Man by seashell2
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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Yes I do remember the music and I did have the CD in my room growing up.

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      kurt-penberg 4 years ago

      Its wonderful to watch your lens...Thank you!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A purple star...far out!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got such a kick out of you asking if folks were familiar with CB radios..."or are you too young to remember when they were popular", guess I'm not too yound because I do remember!

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      Just cruisin' through with the hammer down, headin' down to Macon town and saying hi :)

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