There was something on the annual bird count when the topic turned to a database of animal sounds, including extinct ones. And they played back a strange bit of birdsong recorded in the 80s, with all these pauses. After it was over the guest said that this was a male, and that song was the mating call, and it's supposed to be a duet. But this was the very last of that bird, and they recorded hours and hours of him singing it, endlessly calling for an answer that never came.
TRY to watch "The House of the Dead" without crying.
Ianto: Jack...? I can't remember...
Jack: I didn't think you'd be so real...I had hoped for less...
Ianto: (heartbrokenly) Thanks.
Jack: No, y-you don't understand- I thought it would just look like you-
A radio talk show in which a DJ had people tell him their love dramas before choosing a song for them. Well, one of the cases had a girl who contracted AIDS from her Jerk Ass ex-boyfriend who had unprotected sex with her and others deliberately to get them sick as revenge for getting the illness. Cue to the DJ choking and crying as he talked her out of committing suicide right there in the spot.
A local country radio station on a week they were having a radiothon for St. Jude. They overlaid songs like "Sarabeth", "One More Day" and "Go Rest High On That Mountain" with stories from parents with kids battling cancer. The worst of them was a mother talking about her daughter who lost a fight with cancer over the song "Streets of Heaven".
Whit's departure in the Adventures in Odyssey episode "Gone..." is often regarded as a tear-jerker on its own, especially for younger audiences. However, when you know the full story behind the episode, and indeed one particular scene, it hits even harder: Since Whit's actor had died, his few lines were all lifted from previous episodes, save for his heartfelt farewell speech which Eugene and Bernard see on tape about a week after the fact. That came from a real-life appearance of Hal Smith himself, thanking everyone for the cards sent to him after his wife died. Whatta guy.
Something similar much more recently when voice actor Walker Edmiston died. There was a special tribute track to him on the disk set.
Adventures in Odyssey really is good at Tear Jerkers. Another one that comes to mind is Mitch's "death" in "Plan B", as well as the scene where Mitch and Connie decide that they really aren't mature enough to get married and call their wedding off... the night before they were supposed to get married. Another would be Katrina's father's death, and how Katrina and Eugene were married quietly by his bedside, because he was too sick to leave the hospital.
The episode when Whit tells Lucy the story of Horatio J. Spafford, who lost his son to an illness, a vast amount of property to the Great Chicago Fire, and then his four daughters to a shipwreck. The catharsis comes as the episode ends with the Real Life scene of Spafford sailing over the coordinates where his daughters died, praying, and saying the words that he would eventually put into the song, which is sung by a choir at the very end, "It is well with my soul."
Casey Kasem always used to do "Long Distance Dedications" on his "American Top 40" radio countdown shows. One from the late 1970s was particularly moving; it was one from a young woman to her older brother, who'd ran away awhile back. The woman hoped that her beloved, much-missed brother would hear what she had to say and come back home. The song she decided to dedicate to her brother was "This One's for You" by Barry Manilow.
Almost every single goddamn Long Distance Dedication ever on American Top 40 was a Tear Jerker. There was a reason This Troper hated that part of the show as a kid.
Maybe you would like this, then. Or possibly this?. It seems that Kasem himself hated the Long Distance dedications for that reason, especially when someone lost a pet. Kasem, a vegan, loves animals and is a member of several animal protection societies.
In CBC's Wiretap, one episode in Season 3, entitled "A Secret History of Famous Friends", told a bizarre story of Barney Rubble accidentally running over Fred Flintstone's pet Dino, and how Fred and Barney's friendship begins to fall apart afterward. Eventually, they make up and have a heart-to-heart talk. Afterwards, an actual musical number from The Flintstones plays, in which Fred and Barney sing about how they'll always be friends. If you don't believe me, you can listen to the episode here. (Season 3, "A Secret History of Famous Friends").
Terry Wogan's final show, today (Friday, December 18th). After having been on BBC Radio since the 60s, and entertaining generations of people, it is time for him to finally leave Radio. And after two and a half hours of a truly heartbreaking broadcast (Old, slow songs. Presents from Sarah Kennedy, John Marsh and Charlie Nove, even a special message from the Prime Minister). It's clear that by the end, he's fighting back tears. So he finishes on a truly heartwarming message to his viewers. Before leaving Radio forever. Ken Bruce (Who came on afterward) announced that it really was "The End of an Era" for broadcasting. After 40 years of waking up to Terry Wogan's dulcet tones in the morning. He shall never be there again. Never there to share a smile, a laugh, or a tear with his beloved listeners. He shall be missed.
Of all things, The Ricky Gervais Show manages one in one 2002 episode. Steve and Ricky inform Karl live on air that he only scored one GCSE (Karl never went to collect his results), which was an E in History. The kicker is that Karl had actually sat at least 4 or 5 other exams, but had forgotten to register for them, thus discounting them. His reaction when told this is actually quite affecting, and even more so, it is one of the only times when Steve and Ricky don't take the piss and offer to help him resit History and remind him that he's done well for himself and he doesn't need the grades.