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"Stay tuned"

Post  Vincent Law on Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:32 pm

"Stay Tuned" is a phrase often used on TV shows before commercial breaks in order to remind the viewer to continue watching. It has become a general colloquialism.
To hang on, awaiting more news on a subject.
On old dial-tuned AM radios before there were even preset buttons, it was a non-trivial task to tune into a particular station. So radio news announcers would tell their audience to stay tuned to the station if they were expecting more info on the current story.

Examples:
- Literally: "(crackle) explosions reported at Pearl Harbor naval base in (crackle) Hawaii...stayed tuned for more news..."
- Modern: "Chad's about to tell Rachel he's been cheating on her. Stay tuned for the screaming."


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