Conelrad Fallout 4

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'The Shelter'
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 3
Directed byLamont Johnson
Written byRod Serling
Featured musicStock
Production code4803
Original air dateSeptember 29, 1961
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
'The Arrival'
'The Passersby'
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) (season 3)
List of The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) episodes
  1. Conelrad Fallout 4
  2. Conelrad Radio Fallout 4

'The Shelter' is episode 68 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on September 29, 1961 on CBS.

Opening narration[edit]

What you are about to watch is a nightmare. It is not meant to be prophetic, it need not happen, it's the fervent and urgent prayer of all men of good will that it never shall happen. But in this place, in this moment, it does happen. This is the Twilight Zone.


CONELRAD (Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) was a method of emergency broadcasting to the public of the United States in the event of enemy attack during the Cold War.It was intended to allow continuous broadcast of civil defense information to the public using radio stations, while rapidly switching the transmitter stations to make the broadcasts unsuitable for Soviet bombers that might. © 1999-2005 conelrad 100 atomic secrets duck and cover ground zero mutated tv soviet america our shop about us atomic secrets duck.

It is a typical evening in a typical suburban community. At the residence of physician Bill Stockton, he enjoys a birthday party being thrown for him by his wife Grace and their son Paul. Also at the party are Jerry Harlowe, Bill's brother-in-law; Frank Henderson and Marty Weiss, Bill and Jerry's former roommates; and the wives and children of Jerry, Frank, and Marty. Bill is well known and liked by this gathering; he attended the State University with Marty, Frank, and Jerry. Moreover, Bill has repeatedly administered to the health and well-being of each one of said guests and/or delivered their children. Everyone is especially friendly and jovial, even when mention is made of Bill's late-night work on a fallout shelter which he has built in his basement. Suddenly, a Civil Defense (CONELRAD) announcement overheard by young Paul is made that unidentified objects have been detected heading for the United States. In these times, everybody knows what that means: nuclear attack.

As panic ensues, the doctor locks himself and his family into his shelter. The same gathering of friends becomes hysterical and now wants to occupy the shelter. All of the previous cordiality is now replaced with soaring desperation; pent-up hostility, searing nativism, and other suppressed emotions boil to the surface. Stockton offers his basement to the guests, but the shelter itself has sufficient air, provisions, and space for only three people (the Stocktons themselves). The once-friendly neighbors do not accept this; they break down the shelter door with an improvised battering ram. Just then, a final Civil Defense broadcast announces that the objects have been identified as harmless satellites and that no danger is present. The neighbors apologize for their behavior; yet Stockton wonders if they have destroyed each other without a bomb.


Closing narration[edit]

No moral, no message, no prophetic tract, just a simple statement of fact: for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized. Tonight's very small exercise in logic from the Twilight Zone.


  • Larry Gates as Dr. Bill Stockton
  • Jack Albertson as Jerry Harlowe
  • Sandy Kenyon as Frank Henderson
  • Peggy Stewart as Grace Stockton
  • Michael Burns as Paul Stockton
  • Joseph Bernard as Marty Weiss
  • Jo Helton as Martha Harlowe
  • Moria Turner as Mrs. Weiss
  • Mary Gregory as Mrs. Henderson
  • John McLiam as Man


The episode aired after a summer in which the fallout shelter had loomed large in national discourse, due to the Berlin Crisis of 1961. Meeting with U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Vienna, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev insisted—not for the first time—that NATO troops withdraw from Berlin, handing over the city to an independent, Soviet-aligned East Germany. Khrushchev explicitly threatened thermonuclear war if the United States refused to relent. Kennedy responded publicly seven weeks later in a televised address on July 25, 1961.[1] During the speech, Kennedy stated his intention to ensure access to shelters in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. In the aftermath of the speech, numerous companies began producing such shelters, and products were sold with explicit reference to the shelters; for instance, Foam-Ettes toothpaste tablets boasted that they could be used 'wherever you are—even in a family fallout shelter.'[2] Rod Serling saw an opportunity for urgent social commentary and 'rushed into production' an episode that would comment on prevailing anxieties.[3] Two weeks after the episode aired, the crisis escalated and construction of the Berlin Wall began.


  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN978-0-9703310-9-0
  • Henriksen, Margot A. Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  • Perlstein, Rick. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. New York: Nation Books, 2009 [2001]. ISBN978-1-56858-412-6


  1. ^Report to the Nation - Berlin Crisis, 25 July 1961. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. July 25, 1961.
  2. ^Henriksen, Margot A. Dr. Strangelove's America: Society and Culture in the Atomic Age. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
  3. ^Perlstein, Rick. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus. New York: Nation Books, 2009 [2001].

External links[edit]

  • 'The Shelter' on IMDb
  • 'The Shelter' at

Conelrad Fallout 4

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When was this 'system/program' ended exactly?
Were there any transmitters that was specifically made for Conelrad or was it that ANY Transmitter made during a certain time had to be able to be used for it?
Do any Conelrad transmitters still exsist? I know the old Conelrad transmitter, from what I think was WHEB 750 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire still sits at a transmitter site off Knox Marh Road/Route 155 just outside Dover, New Hampshire.... it's no longer in use as a Main transmitter, but as a standby.

Conelrad Radio Fallout 4

I once asked the boss, 'What would happen if we turned this transmitter on and flipped a Conelrad switch?' lol... we didn't want to find out