June 27, 1979
Skylab: "Too Hot to Handle"
"WNYC Radio will cooperate with the Police Department Operations to broadcast emergency information over WNYC and RL1000* if Skylab debris reenters in the New York City area...The estimate of reentry and impact is believed [to be] between June 27 and July 21, with revisions supplied by NASA as necessary...The Skylab vehicle total weight is 79 tons. It is expected to break up into several hundred pieces, most of which will burn up on re-entry. The surviving debris are expected to weigh less than 10 lbs, and the largest could be approximately 5,000 lbs. On immediate entry, pieces of debris will be extremely hot and should not be handled."
*RL1000 was an interconnected audio line/loop between New York City broadcast stations and the city government originating out of civil defense concerns.
Source: Internal WNYC memo, June 27, 1979, WNYC Archive Collections.