|KMTV Channel 3 (now KMTV-TV), Omaha, Nebraska|
Touching Point, Sign-off & SSB
recorded 17 February 1978<
Page modified Monday, 29 June 2020
This eight-minute clip begins with a promo for an upcoming NBC-TV movie, followed by one for the 1978 theatrical film The One and Only, starring Henry "The Fonz" Winkler. Next up is a one-minute PSA for The New USO (United Service Organization). After the station ID comes Touching Point, a production of the Central Church of the Nazarine. It's a story told in still photos set to Harry Chapin's 1974 recording of "Cats In The Cradle" which ends with comments from an unidentified speaker. Then it's on to the station sign-off, a standard type with station ID slide, music and voice-over (delivered by Bill Martin). Concluding the video is the SSB played by the University of Nebraska Marching Band.
KMTV (the current "-TV" suffix was added in 2009) is Nebraska's second-oldest TV station behind its rival WOWT Channel 4. It was Omaha's CBS station when it was lauched on 1 September 1949. Seven years later, Channel 3 swapped networks with Channel 4 and became an NBC network affiliate, a relationship which continued for thirty years until the two stations swapped networks again in mid-1986. During its stint with NBC in the 1960s, KMTV employed future NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw as a reporter. KMTV-TV remains with CBS to the present day.
This video is one of several late-1970s Nebraska TV sign-offs recently unearthed by YouTuber bigO! playbax.
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