AUDIO CLIPS OF 1950's
TV STATION SIGN-OFFS

Page edited Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The clips on this page were contributed by veteran voice-over artist Jerry Immel from Atlanta, Georgia. Here's Jerry himself doing a sign-off for WQXI-TV Channel 11 (now WXIA-TV) in Atlanta in 1973

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You can also hear several montages of his work in commercials at JerryImmel.com. Jerry grew up in Cleveland in the mid-1950s and in Philadelphia from 1956 to 1959. He made these recordings using a reel-to-reel tape recorder with an audio cable connected directly to the TV receiver, which accounts for their very high audio quality. While in Philadelphia he also captured audio of station sign-offs from New York City, Baltimore, and other locations. All the dates listed for the clips are approximate, unless an exact date is listed. None of these have the National Anthem and some mention the NAB's Seal of Good Practice (SOGP).

BALTIMORE

WAAM-TV Channel 13 Sign-Off (now WJZ-TV)

1957

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WJZ-TV Channel 13 Sign-Off

1958

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CLEVELAND

WEWS-TV Channel 5 Initial Sign-On by Randy Culver
(audio from WEWS-TV 50th Anniversary special in 1997)

12-17-1947

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WEWS-TV Channel 5 Sign-Off by Court Stanton

1956

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KYW-TV Channel 3 (now WKYC) Sign-Off
Announcer: Gordon Ward (SOGP)

1956

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KYW-TV Channel 3 (now WKYC) Sign-Off
Announcer: Tom Field (SOGP)

1956

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WJW-TV Channel 8 Sign-Off (SOGP)

1958

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NEW YORK CITY

WCBS-TV Channel 2 Sign-Off (missing SOGP announcement)

1959

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WRCA-TV Channel 4 Sign-Off (now WNBC) by Jerry Damon

1958

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WNBC-TV Channel 4 Sign-Off by Bob Waldrop (SOGP)

1960

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WABC-TV Channel 7 Sign-Off by Don Dowd (SOGP)

1959

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WNEW-TV Channel 5 (now WNYW) Sign-Off by Lou Steele

1959

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WNTA-TV Channel 13 (now WNET) Sign-Off by Jerry Roberts

1959

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PHILADELPHIA

WRCV-TV Channel 3 (now KYW-TV) Sign-On by Bob Bradley (SOGP)

1957

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WRCV-TV Channel 3 (now KYW-TV) Sign-Off by Frank Carter

1957

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WCAU-TV Channel 10 Sign-Off by Barry Cassell (NARTB SOGP)

1957

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OTHER CITIES

Boston, MA WNAC-TV Channel 7 Sign-Off

c.1958

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Columbus, OH WLWC-TV Channel 4 (now WCMH) Sign-Off
Announced by Clark Smith

1956

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Lancaster, PA WGAL-TV Channel 8 Sign-Off

c.1957

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London, ON
Canada
CFPL-TV Channel 10 Sign-Off

1959

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Norfolk, VA WTAR-TV Channel 3 (now WTKR) Sign-Off
(NARTB Seal of Good Practice)

c.1957

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Providence, RI WPRO-TV Channel 12 (now WPRI) Sign-Off
(incomplete?)

c.1958

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Toledo, OH WSPD-TV Channel 13 (now WTVG) Sign-Off
(Incomplete?)

c.1956

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Wheeling, WV WTRF-TV Channel 7 Sign-Off (background music
is theme from the movie
Gone With The Wind)

c.1957

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Wilmington, DE WPFH-TV Channel 12 (now WHYY) Sign-Off

c.1956

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Wilmington, DE WVUE-TV Channel 12 (now WHYY) Sign-Off

c.1957

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NOTE: The video files featured on this website are taken from my VHS home recordings of over-the-air and cable video captures, and from clips contributed by others. The quality varies from clip to clip, due to TV reception and recording issues. None of the clips that are featured here have been authorized by the various television stations, networks or any other entity.

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