Broadcasters Warned: New Movie Trailer Uses Actual EAS Alert Tones

By Kevin Eck 

A trailer for the new movie “Olympus Has Fallen” is using short bursts of a real Emergency Alert System tones as part of its soundtrack.

Radio magazine decoded the tones from the trailer titled, “No Surrender” and tracked them to a monthly test in Virginia. While the trailer is currently posted on You Tube, The Society of Broadcast Engineers has warned stations they could be in trouble if they use it on air:

March 7, 2013 – This is an advisory that a new movie, Olympus Has Fallen, to be released on March 22, 2013, uses actual EAS tones in the movie trailer. If the trailer is used in radio or TV advertisements, the stations may be subject to FCC fine.


“Olympus Has Fallen” is about an attack on the White House.

Last month, stations in Montana, Michigan and New Mexico warned viewers of an impending zombie attack when their emergence alert systems were hacked.