KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco, California
SOGP and Sign-Off recorded circa 1981

Page modified Friday, 3 July 2020

Featured in this sign-off clip is without doubt the longest TV Code Seal of Good Practice segment the Webmaster has seen to date. It is forty-seven seconds in length and displays the late 1970s version of the SOGP. Interestingly, no date appears at the bottom of the Seal, which was usually the case with other TV station sign-offs that used this version (for example, see Oakland's KTVU 1980 sign-off). The KRON-TV sign-off itself is only twenty-two seconds long. If there was a patriotic or inspirational film that accompanied this sign-off, it apparently is missing in this clip.

KRON-TV was launched in 1949 licensed to the deYoung family, which owned the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper at the time (the KRON calls are a modification of the newspaper's nickname). The Hearst Corporation acquired the Chronicle in 1999 and put Channel 4 up for sale. The NBC Network, which KRON-TV was affiliated with then, was outbid in its attempt to buy the station by Young Broadcasting, which paid $820 million, the highest price paid ever for a single U.S. TV station. NBC terminated its relations with KRON-TV in 2001 and moved its programming to KNTV channel 11 in San Jose, which it had purchased. KRON-TV is currently the Bay Area's home for MyNetwork TV.

RELATED VIDEO: KRON-TV 4 Inspirational video, Sign-off and SSB 1/25/1986

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