KCET-TV Channel 28, Los Angeles CA
USC Trojan Band SSB and Sign-Off
recorded circa 1974

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Another wonderful find from Rick Thomas, curator of the Obsolete Video YouTube channel that features rare 1970s home video recordings from TV stations. This custom-made sign-off piece features the University of Southern California Trojan Band performing the National Anthem and forming the station's call letters on the football field. When the SSB is completed, the sign-off announcement starts as thousands of red, whie and blue balloons are launched into the southern California sky.

The use of the USC Trojan Band by KCET is probably fitting, for it was USC that owned and operated KCET's forerunner KTHE, which operated on Channel 28 during 1953 and 1954. More on LA's first ETV station can be viewed in K,M Richards' article on KTHE at his UHF Television site.

Having severed its 40-year relationship with PBS at the end of 2010 due to irreconcilable disputes over financial and programming matters KCET operated as an independent, non-commercial station (KOCE-TV 50 became the PBS affiliate for southern California as a result). KCET returned to PBS as a secondary member when it merged with KOCE/PBS SoCal on the first of October 2018.

Page created Sunday, 14 October 2018

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