|KMUV-TV Channel 31 (now KMAX)
Sacramento, CA - Sign-On and
Sign-Off recorded circa 1980
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|What is now KMAX signed on initially as
KMUV-TV on 5 October 1974. Its founder was legendary
1970s sitcom producer Norman Lear (All In The Family,
Good Times, Maude, etc.). To distinguish itself from
the other Sacramento stations, KMUV-TV, save for a
early-morning newscast in both English and Spanish, aired
nothing but movies. While common today among some cable
TV networks, Channel 31 was ahead of its time with such a
format. Perhaps too ahead of its time by several
years. By May 1976 KMUV had dropped its all-movie
schedule and switched to mainly Spanish-language
programming. Norman Lear would sell the station in late
1980, and the call letters became KRBK-TV in April 1981.
Channel 31 became a general independent English-language
entertainment station which competed hotly with
Sacramento's other indie,KXTL-TV
(now the city's Fox affiliate). After two changes in
owners and affiliations with the old WB and UPN networks
in the 1990s, Channel 31 is now with the CW network and
is owned by CBS Corporation along with its sister station
KOVR-TV 13 in Stockton. For more deatiled information
about Channel 31's programming during its time as KMUV
and KRBK, visit this article on the blog
devoted to the late great Norrthern California TV horror
host Bob Wilkins.
The clips featured here were recorded either in 1979 or 1980, as Channel 31 was nearing its end as KMUV-TV. Both sign-on and sign-off are comprised of still-photo montages of downtown Sacramento, nature scenes and other things of local interest. No SSB film or any patriotic or inspirational video accompamied these
TV-signoffs.com sends thanks to Mark Chiolis of Burbank CA for submitting these clips. Chiolis worked for Channel 31 in the 1980s when it was KRBK-TV. Watch for his name in the station staff credit roll in this KRBK-TV 31 Sign-off from 1986.
Page updated Saturday, 26 December 2015
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