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21 Jan 2016, 6:26 am

Has anybody else been fascinated by these?

I was obsessed with them as a child, and recently rediscovered them on YouTube. In fact, when I was about 7-8 years old, I would imitate the beeping during the test pattern and the static that followed whenever the Star-Spangled Banner (or America the Beautiful) was played.

The PBS affiliates seemed to be the most predictable, because it was always the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, Star Hustler (later Star Gazer), then the sign-off sequence.


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21 Jan 2016, 1:14 pm

I am. :D They are quite nice to watch, from a bygone era in TV when stations didn't broadcast 24/7 (today, those late night hours are mostly filled with paid programming).


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22 Jan 2016, 10:37 am

equestriatola wrote:
I am. :D They are quite nice to watch, from a bygone era in TV when stations didn't broadcast 24/7 (today, those late night hours are mostly filled with paid programming).


KTRK, our ABC affiliate, shows the station info/SSB/devotional before World News Now (roughly around 3am) Monday-Friday, and 5am on Saturday/Sunday mornings, before whatever is scheduled then. KTRK has always been 24/7.


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31 Jan 2016, 4:22 pm

Not all affiliates still operate 24/7 in smaller US TV markets. For example, up in Cheyenne, WY (neighbouring market to my north), the FOX affiliate KLWY/27.1 still shows a slate with the station ID from around 1AM to 5AM during the nite.
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(Its ABC subchannel 27.2 airs a shopping channel during those wee morning hours.)
I also see that quite a few UK terrestial channels show things like "High Street" in the middle of the nite, while others simply put up a "back at" slate.
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03 Feb 2016, 10:03 am

People with the same interests as me!! ! Yay!! ! :heart:
In Spain, the ones on the national TV station used to contain the programming roll for the following day, the Spanish anthem, and the test card with the sound coming from the radio.
I love the theme music in this one from 1994:
And I'm also fascinated by the 'You're watching Disney Channel' bumpers


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04 Feb 2016, 1:08 am

Bumpers are great as well! I like the ones for Saturday morning kids' programming from the 80s and early 90s, the Fox Kids bumpers featuring Loafy the dog were the best!! !


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04 Feb 2016, 6:36 am

Tim_Tex wrote:
Bumpers are great as well! I like the ones for Saturday morning kids' programming from the 80s and early 90s, the Fox Kids bumpers featuring Loafy the dog were the best!! !

Of the kiddie scene, I think the "Fox Kids Rox Kids" promos of the mid 1990's were the coolest.
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A distant second from that era would be the "Uranus is Gaseous" plug for the late grate WB network.
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04 Feb 2016, 7:16 am

I really enjoy TV sign offs, especially ones from the olden days. I tend to watch most of them on Youtube, but I also go on TV-Ark sometimes to watch some on there. I think that its fascinating, interesting and retro.

Another thing is TV continuities. I watch these a lot on Youtube and they are really great :)



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05 Feb 2016, 4:16 am

I've seen quite a few "permanent" signoffs from the end of the analogue TV days in 2009 on YouTube...


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16 Feb 2016, 1:40 am

I live in the Yakima-Tri-Cities market, which was one of the last markets where more than 1 station signed off every night. Both are now 24/7 (KIMA/CBS and KAPP/ABC).
Sign offs were really interesting throughout the U.S. and Canada. In the late 1970s, seeing the NAB "Seal of Good Practice" meant it was time for bed. Then it became an ID bumper, technical information and the National Anthem (with sometimes a sermon before the sign off message). Now it's just infomercials and the network overnight newscasts. Better to waste bandwidth than shut it off every night...$$$ for the station, even with one (or even zero) people watching.
If you look on YouTube, you'll find 1993 sign offs from KNDO and KAPP, both Yakima. No KIMA, unfortunately, but they went off the air around 12:30AM or 1AM weeknights. Instead of throwing up color bars or an ID bumper all night, they both cut the juice!
I enjoy viewing the various sign-off videos from throughout the country and Canada as well. Each station did something different to end their broadcast day.



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16 Feb 2016, 2:00 am

Thanks for the nostalgia from WA state and the reminder of the "seal of good practise"...
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I suspect that went away with the repeal of the "fairness doctrine".
Also a large number of higher-powered TV stations did cut the XMTR off when they weren't airing programming since klystron tubes were known to consume up to $150 an hour in electricity, especially on the UHF band where more ERP was needed to reach reasonable distances. Running in black could indeed run a station in the red.
As for "sign-on's", I recall one station I frequently watched as a kid used to begin their broadcast day with a video montage of the station facilities played over an instrumental of "Day By Day" from the musical "Godspell". I would later find out that particular track was performed by Franck Pourcel and his orchestra all the way from France. Sometimes if I were awake at 6AM, I'd turn on the TV just to hear the station announcer voice over "Welcome to another broadcast day of K---, etcetera", over this track I was finally able to add to my library decades later...

Even with my compromised hearing, I'm 99% certain this is the music the station used.


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01 May 2017, 12:47 am

...I remember late night programming before it became so universal , I remember CBS-owned stations having " The Late Show " (old movies) , and even " The Late Late Show " and " Late Late Late Show " ! :wink: There was a recreation of TLS's title card + music on YouTube .


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27 Aug 2017, 9:56 pm



Bringing this back: A sign-off from my local NBC station, KING-TV in Seattle, signing off in 1985. :D


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28 Aug 2017, 7:34 am

I used to love watching TV sign offs. I especially loved PBS because they had a little Astronomy segment and I was obsessed with Astronomy as a kid. It was always a challenge staying up but if a channel was ready to shut down for the night I was there. I was weird browsing the channels at 3am to see almost every station in the test pattern as all the local stations usually signed off between 1-2am with maybe an extra hour on the weekends.

Now, every single channel broadcasts 24 hours a day so kids today won't know that thrill :lol: