"Is anyone old enough to remember The Last Radio Station? I heard it on my LW receiver in 1973."
Well, WGU20 was apparently shut down in 1990, so technically I'd be old enough to remember it. But I didn't actually find out about longwave itself until several years later, about the same time I found out about shortwave! (My first SW radio, a secondhand Realistic DX360, also had a LW tuner.)
Are there even any audio recordings of WGU20 in its "golden era" floating about the network? Youtube's results are really pathetic.
"EBS and EAS have never had to work in a time of emergency and if the circumstances are dire enough for someone to attempt to activate EAS, it is very likely the system would fail."
That's not entirely accurate. I've been in eastern WA and OR during forest fire season and have heard evacuation warnings go out over the local EB/AS outlets (you know, the usual "get outta Dodge within the hour or Mother Nature'll reduce you to a smouldering chunk of carbon" kind of business) or even back in my part of the state during flood season. They really should have said
"EBS and EAS have never had to work in a time of national emergency...",
since I'd personally consider an out-of-control forest fire that's getting big enough to reduce your entire town to a pile of cllinkers to be a pretty significant emergency!