KHJ-TV Channel 9 (now KCAL), Los Angeles CA
Sign-Off recorded 25 September 1982

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Los Angeles' Channel 9, since 1989 known as KCAL-TV, is one of the oldest independent TV stations in the USA. It began as KFI-TV when it first took to the air in August 1948. It became KHJ-TV three years later when General Tire (later RKO General) bought Channel 9 from its original licensee, Earle C. Anthony, the owner of KFI AM 640. Channel 9 has been an independent since day one, except for a couple of years with the DuMont Network (1954-1956). CBS Corporation is the current licensee of Channel 9. This clip is from the period when KHJ-TV 9 was owned by RKO General (1951-1989).

The clip commences with a KHJ-TV public service announcement in progress. Following this is a KHJ-TV editorial about the U.S./Soviet Union nuclear arms race, delivered by VP/GM Charles Velona (who would leave the station when RKO General sold Channel 9 in 1989). After this comes a two-minute commercial for Worthington Ford, featuring Cal Worthington himself riding on his "dog", Spot, and showing off his most recent line of used car specials. The KHJ-TV sign-off that follows is of the simple type, a static station ID slide and voice-over. The clip concludes with a filmed piece, possibly produced by Channel 9, that features Ray Charles' great rendition of "America The Beautiful" (compare this version with the one done by KTUL-TV 8 in Tulsa OK in their 1979 sign-off).

KHJ-TV Channel 6 Sign-off and SSB recorded circa 1970

Page edited Sunday, 8 April 2018

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