In a statement, the station said: "During a regularly scheduled test of the Emergency Alert System for Orange County, KWVE-FM experienced an equipment failure that resulted in KWVE-FM not sending the end-of-message tones that would disconnect those media entities participating in the Emergency Alert System test".
"Realize this, extremely violent times will come", a man's voice boomed, according to a video of the alert.
Stacy Laflamme of Lake Forest, California, likened the voice to that of Adolf Hitler.
She said: "I was definitely startled, 'cause the volume increased exponentially".
"It nearly sounded like Hitler talking", Stacy Laflamme, one of the witnesses, told the Orange County Register. "I wasn't alarmed in the sense of thinking something was wrong, because I assumed it was some sort of hack".
Some suspect that it may have been a well-known evangelical pastor who broadcasts at 11 a.m. from and Orange County radio station. "My channel changed back to Bravo after a couple minutes".
There's a lot of talk about Saturday, a date some are predicting a planet is supposed to collide with the Earth, something scientists say won't happen. The ominous emergency alert blasted onto televisions at the same time of the evangelist's broadcast.
"With these tests, an emergency tone is sent out to initiate the test", Camero said.
Smith said the alert was part of a test system they were doing with a radio station, and when asked if the odd audio was intentional or not, he said only that it was "from the radio".
It's uncertain who's behind the messages and whether they were intentional, but a Cox spokesperson told Gizmodo that the message came in after radio stations were conducting their monthly emergency test, which the cable networks typically air. "After the tone is transmitted, another tone is sent to end the message".
"We don't want to alarm anyone with any false emergency alerts", he added.
Cox and Spectrum are investigating who sent out the alert and whether it was done accidentally or on objective.
Spectrum did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Dennis Johnson, a spokesman for Spectrum, told the Register they "were fed an incorrect audio file".
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