KMOL-TV Channel 4 (now WOAI-TV), San Antonio TX
Moog SSB and Sign-Off recorded circa 1986

Page modified Monday, 29 June 2020

San Antonio's NBC-TV Network affiliate calls it a day early one morning in 1986. First, it's a computer-generated animated station ID, using the slogan "San Antonio Spirit". Then, its a simple sign-off announcement followed by the Moog National Anthem film, where the SSB is played on a Moog synthesizer. After about ten seconds of black, an aged slide appears bearing the studio-transmitter link "KLJ-49 San Antonio Texas", with voice-over giving the technical stats, followed by color bars.

Channel 4 was launched in December 1949 as San Antonio's first TV facility, and the video sibling of WOAI Radio 1200 AM. The two were separated in 1975 when the TV station was purchased by United Television, who changed the call letters to KMOL-TV. After several shifts in ownership, Channel 4 was acquired by Clear Channel Communications in 2002, reuniting it with the radio station that spawned it, and the call was changed back to WOAI-TV. The WOAI radio and TV stations were separated again when Clear Channel sold off all of its TV stations in 2007. Since 2012 Channel 4 has been owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and as a sister station to San Antonio's Fox affiliate WABB Channel 29 and The CW station KMYS Channel 33, also in San Antonio.

Both WOAI radio and WOAI-TV are among a handfull of stations located west of the Mississippi River to have the letter "W" as the first in their call sign (normally, by FCC regulation, it would be a "K").

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