Is My Clock Radio Haunted? And If Not, Why Does It Play By Itself?
May 29, 2008 8:45 PM Subscribe
Why does my radio play when it's turned off and there is no battery inserted?
posted by theichibun to Technology (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In my room I have an old GE clock radio model number 7-4601A. Last night it just started playing on its own. Not how anyone would want to listen to it, it's softer and more crackly/static-y. Kind of reminds me of how a radio would play when there's a ghost present in a cheesy movie.
Naturally, I did some experimenting to see if I could figure out what's going on. I pressed the sleep button to let it play for a short period (>5 seconds) and pressed snooze to turn it back off. After about 10-15 seconds it would start playing for a bit, then stop. I also found out that it plays the station a little bit to the right of where I have it set on the radio station dial.
If it had stopped there I would have just thought it was being weird and not thought about it again. But earlier today I found out that it will seemingly randomly turn itself on in the same craptastic way described above multiple times after being turned off.
I tried taking the battery out, that didn't stop things. I didn't think it would either with it changing the radio station by itself like that, but it was something logical to check.
Honestly, the only thing I can think of is that the thing is haunted. The night before I noticed this I listened to Jethro Tull's Aqualung through my MP3 player and a set of portable speakers. But on the night the weirdness started I was listening to Dream Theater. So maybe there's a ghost that wants me to stay on classic rock?
I also have an FM transmitter that I tried to set on the same radio station that I had been listening to during the day. I don't think this should have any effect, but it is something different that I did between the two nights in question.
And for some reason, the episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark with Gilbert Gottfried called The Tale of Station 109.1 with a ghost radio station.
So, short of any paranormal stuff happening, why would my radio turn itself on and play like that?