KHOF-TV Channel 30 (now KPXN), San Bernardino CA
Sign-off recorded circa late 1970s

Page modified Monday, 15 June 2020

Today's station for the Ion Network in the Los Angeles market began in March 1969 as KHOF-TV, a Christian station owned by the Faith Center Church in Glendale which initially was on-air only six hours a day carrying inspirational programs. Over the next several years Faith Center would acquire two failing UHF-TV outlets in San Francisco and Hartford CT to create a small network with KHOF as the flagship station. When the Rev. Raymond Schoch retired as pastor of Faith Center in 1975, a Pentecostal minister by the name of W. Eugene Scott entered as his replacement. As time passed, Dr. Scott became the dominant image seen on Faith Center's three TV stations. 1978 saw the beginning of a long-running battle betwixt Scott and the Federal Communications Commission over the FCC's right to examine the stations' financial records and Scott's on-air fundraising activities. After numerous unsuccessful court challenges, Scott was compelled by the FCC to shut down KHOF-TV on 24 May 1983. That night Channel 30 signed off displaying a collection of wind-up toy monkeys clashing cymbals. Scott dubbed it "The F.C.C. Monkey Band" as part of his on-air attacks against the Commission. More detailed info on Dr. Scott and his war with the FCC can be found on K.M. Richards' KHOF-TV page on his History of UHF Television site.

Channel 30 did return to the air as KGAL-TV in January 1985 under an interim license granted by the FCC to Angeles Broadcasting. The FCC took Channel 30 dark again in 1992 to allow its new licensee, Sandino Communications, to build new facilities. Channel 30 was rechristened KZKI when it came back to life in January 1995 as an indie. Paxson Communications, forerunner of today's Ion Media Networks, bought KZKI from Sandino later that year, and in 1997 renamed the station KPXN.

Among the visuals seen in this one and one-quarter minute sign-off are views of the Faith Center's headquarters in Glendale, the transmitter building and tower atop Sunset Ridge (since relocated to Mount Wilson), and a videotape machine. There's even a plug for KHOF-FM 99.5, the TV station's radio sibling. If there was any patriotic or inspirational film that was shown before or after the sign-off, it was not included in this recording.

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