KMOL-TV Channel 4 (now WOAI-TV),
San Antonio TX
Sign-Off from 1986

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San Antonio's first TV station and 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 signed on initially in 1949 as a sister station of WOAI Radio. They 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. Clear Channel would sell off all of its TV stations in 2007. Both WOAI radio (1200 AM) and WOAI-TV 4 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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