|KSTW Channel 11, Tacoma/Seattle WA
Final Analog Sign-off and Digital Sign-on
Friday, 12 June 2009
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|Seattle's home of The CW network
ceased 56 years of analog transmissions at noon local
time after that day's episode of Family Court.
The announcement of the switch is one minute in length
and gives station info on ownership and transmitter
location, as well as instruction to its analog viewers on
what they'll need to do to receive KSTW's digital signal.
After a brief "Please Stand By" graphic comes
color bars, which lasts for twenty seconds. Afterwards
come a standard sign-on announcement utilizing a very
slick video montage, followed by the start of The
People's Court. Since there's no signal glitch of
any kind during the color bars, this was probably
recorded via cable or satellite reception.
KSTW commenced telecasting in March 1953 as KTNT-TV, the video sister of KTNT Radio AM 1400, now KITZ. Both were owned by the Tacoma News Tribune newspaper, hence the "T-N-T" in the call letters. Channel 11 was the original CBS-TV network affiliate in the Tacoma/Seattle market, but ultimately lost it to KIRO-TV Channel 7, the current CBS station, except during 1995 to 1997 when KSTW picked up the CBS affiliation when Channel 7 switched to the UPN network. The KSTW calls , standing for King County-Seattle-Tacoma-Washington.were adopted in 1974 when the News Tribune sold off its broadcasting interests.
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