AUDIO CLIPS OF 1950's
TV STATION SIGN-OFFS

Page created Friday, 5 October 2007

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

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 audio high 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

WJZ-TV Channel 13 Sign-Off

1958

CLEVELAND

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

12-17-1947

WEWS-TV Channel 5 Sign-Off by Court Stanton

1956

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

1956

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

1956

WJW-TV Channel 8 Sign-Off (SOGP)

1958

NEW YORK CITY

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

1959

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

1958

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

1960

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

1959

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

1959

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

1959

PHILADELPHIA

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

1957

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

1957

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

1957

OTHER CITIES

Boston, MA WNAC-TV Channel 7 Sign-Off

c.1958

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

1956

Lancaster, PA WGAL-TV Channel 8 Sign-Off

c.1957

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

1959

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

c.1957

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

c.1958

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

c.1956

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

c.1957

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

c.1956

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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