|KPTM Channel 42, Omaha, Nebraska|
Sign-off & SSB recorded 14 December 1986
Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020
|A sign-off of Omaha's Fox Network
station recorded during its first year of life. It comes
immediately after a showing of the movie Sixteen
Candles, in which the final few seconds of the
closing credits seen here comes from. This elaborate
sign-off is done completely with computer-generated
imagery, even down to the U.S. flag seen during the
playing of the National Anthem, broadcast in stereo. The
term "mechanically reproduced", heard at the
beginning, harks back to the earliest days of commercial
radio broadcasting in the 1920s. Back then it meant
playing records over the air using a wind-up acoustic
Victrola-type phonograph placed before a microphone.
Since then the term came to mean programming from disc,
film or audio and video tape.|
KPTM first saw the light of day in April 1986 as an independeny station, the first of its kind in the Omaha/Council Bluffs market. During that year it was offered the opportunity to be a charter affiliate of the new Fox Television Network, but station management declined. Fox's first and initially only program offering was The Late Show with Joan Rivers, which ran opposite NBC's The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Carson was a native of the Omaha/Council Bluffs area and got his start in television on Omaha's WOWT Channel 6 in the 1950s. Fearing a large negative reaction by viewers, KPTM didn't want to air Rivers' show opposite to that of Omaha's favorite son. KTPM did join the Fox network two years later, and today airs the entire Fox Network line-up. Channel 42's founders was Pappas Telecasting of the Midlands, the "PTM" in the station's call letters. Today it's one of 193 stations that comprises the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the second largest such in the United States as of this writing.
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