WJPR Fox 21 (now WWCW), Lynchburg, Virginia
and WVFT Fox 27 (now WFXR), Roanoke, Virginia
Sign-Off and SSB recorded June 1993

Page updated and modified Monday, 24 August 2020

What is today's The CW station for Lynchburg/Roanoke began life in March 1986 as WJPR Channel 21, a typical independent running movies, cartoons, reruns, and the like. Jeffrerson Pilot Communications, then-owner of WBTV/3 in Charlotte NC, was the licensee of Channel 21. WJPR signed on two weeks after Roanoke's indie, WVFT Channel 27 (linked below), made its air debut. WJPR became a charter affiliate of the Fox Television Network in October 1986. In 1991 Roanoke's financially troubled WVFT/27 joined forces with WJPR/21 to become "FOX 21/27". Two months after this video was made, both stations were purchased by the Grant Broadcasting System, which changed Channel 27's calls to WFXR the following month. WJPR's calls became WWCW in June 2006 as it prepared to become the Roanoke Valley's station of THe CW Network. Nextsar Media Group. the current owners of WFXR/WWCW, acquired the Grant stations in December 2014.

This clip features an animated Fox 21/27 logo sign-off announcement, followed by the U.S. Air Force "split-screen" National Anthem film where "Old Glory" sits stationary in the middle of the screen.

RELATED VIDEO: WVFT-TV Channel 27 Sign-off recorded Autumn 1988

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