KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh PA
Final Analog Sign-off
Friday, 12 June 2009

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The final several minutes or so of Pittsburgh's long-time former Westinghouse "Group W" and current CBS owned-and-operated TV station broadcasting in analog format. The clip commences with several minutes of The Late Show with David Letterman in which Dave opines on the switch to DTV and presents a special "top Ten" segment fitting for the occasion. Following this, KDKA-TV ressurects from its vault the U.S. Air Force's "High Flight" film the station used for its sign-offs in the 1960s and 1970s. After this comes a special retrospective piece accompanied by a cool jazz rendition of the National Anthem. The montage consists of video and kinescope film clips of KDKA personalities going from the present day all the way back to the late 1940s when the station was WDTV and owned by the old DuMont Television Network (Westinghouse accquired the station from DuMont in 1955 for $10 million, a record high price paid for a TV station at the time). When this ends, with audio of the late WDTV/KDKA newscaster Bill Burns bidding farewell to the viewers, the signal goes off for about thirty seconds or so, then returns with "nightlight service", which was nothing but a 30-day marathon of the NAB's DTV Answers program, supplying viewers with information and assistance concerning DTV.

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