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Up until sometime in the 1990s, televangelist Pat Robertson's CBN Cable Network had a ritual they performed every Monday morning at 5 AM Eastern time. It was that of signing off the air for a full hour in order to do some engineering maintenance. The video commences with the closing animation for the Overnight Movie. This is followed by promos for CBN's weekday afternoon airings of Green Acres, The Lone Ranger and The Rifleman.The sign-off announcement is next, a mere thirty seconds in length, followed by color bars.

The CBN Cable Network was launched in 1977 as a part of Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). CBN's roots goes away back to 1961, the year that Pat Robertson bought a bankrupt UHF-TV station in Portsmouth VA for a down payment of less than $100.00 USD. Not long afterward, Robertson began hosting The 700 Club, which continues to the present day on ABC Family and local stations. Jim Bakker and his wife, the late Tammy Faye Bakker, were among the personalities seen on CBN during the 1960s and early 1970s before they left to start a rival religious program, The PTL Club. For more information, view this page featuring a CBN Family Channel sign-off from two years after this one.

Page created Saturday, 1 December 2012

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