John Humphreys and Evan Davis, the presenters on "Today," a long-running early morning news show, discovered that somehow what was being broadcast was not what they were seeing in the studio, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Twitter gave listeners a chance to respond quickly, with one saying the mismatched dialogue coming from his radio reminded him of a "typical family Christmas."
At one point the technical confusion halted a report on Afghanistan.
"We are really being best by gremlins at the moment," Humphreys told listeners. "I'm sorry about this; I really am. We've now got a sort of breakdown with our control room. I don't know whether you can even hear me say this?"
Technicians got everything back under control within a few minutes, although that can seem like eternity in live radio.