KRBK-TV Channel 31 (now KMAX),
Sacramento/Stockton, California
Sign-Off recorded circa 1986

Page modified Thursday, 2 July 2020

It's one of those TV station sign-off pieces that highlights some of the inner workings of the station's control room. It begins with a tape cartridge marked "Sign-Off" half-inserted into an RCA videotape deck. There's also a shot of a film chain that is running a color episode of the classic 1960s sitcom My Three Sons. It concludes with a scrolling list of the entire KRBK-TV staff (sixty-two names in all) and a computer-generated KRBK-TV logo. Among the names listed is that of Mark Chiolis, who graciously contributed this clip to TV-signoffs.com.

What is now the CW Network affiliate KMAX began life as KMUV-TV in October 1974 as a station that ran almost nothing but old movies. In 1976 it dropped this format and aired predominately Spanish-language programming. A change in ownership in 1981 resulted in the call letters becoming KRBK and a change to a general English-language entertainment independent. As such, KRBK was in a battle-royal with Sacramento's then-established indie KXTL-TV 40 (now a Fox station) for programming, ratings and revenue.

RELATED CLIP: KMUV-TV 31 Sign-on and Sign-off recorded circa 1980

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