|KTBS-TV "Television 3",
Sign-off from circa 1975 (from master tape)
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|This is definitely among the finest TV
station sign-off clips the Webmaster has ever viewed. The
YouTuber that posted this apparently knows someone that
worked at the station, for this was reportedly made from
the original 35-year-old master tape. The clip begins
with the classic NAB Television Code Seal, pictured here
in yellow and black with a green background (a little
creepy). Following that is filmed scenes of the Louisiana
Bayou at sunset accompanied by a medley of songs which
include "Dixie" and "The Battle Hymn Of
The Republic". The medley is performed by Mickey
Newbury, and it's from his 1971 album (LP) entitled An
American Trilogy. The sign-off and copyright
announcement comes in near the end of the film
(unfortunately, there's some distortion in the audio at
this point). This is the only instance the webmaster has
seen as of yet of a Southern TV station signing off with
the tune, "Dixie". I would guess there were
probably a number of them that did prior to the 1960s
(among them were WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, NC).
TV-signoffs.com thanks Steve German for contributing info on the music used in this clip.
(page updated Sunday, 26 February 2012)
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