KTUL-TV Channel 8, Tulsa OK
Sign-Off and Ray Charles ATB
recorded 18 February 1979

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This video from Tulsa's ABC network affiliate is among the earliest TV station sign-off recordings circulating on the Web. It begins with the NAB Seal of Good Practice and the sign-off announcement, voiced by the late Cy Tuma, accompanied by Henry Mancini's recording of "Dreamsville". Following that is a station-produced "America The Beautiful" film using the fabulous rendition recorded by the late Ray Charles, though not complete. WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana also used Ray's ATB in their nightly sign-off in the late 1980s. Color bars rounds out the clip.

KTUL began operations in September 1954 as KTVX, the video sister of KTUL Radio AM 1430 (now KTBZ). Though licensed to Tulsa, the station's original studios were in a converted grocery store building in nearby Muskogee. When Channel 8 moved its facilities to Tulsa in September 1957, the calls were changed to KTUL-TV after those of its radio sibling (the radio station was sold off in 1961). KTUL has been Tulsa's home for the ABC network since its founding.

This video was put together by the Webmaster from two clips featured on the Tulsa TV Memories website. The KTUL Lord's Prayer clip posted below also came from there.

Page updated Wednesday, 24 May 2017

BONUS VIDEO: KTUL-TV 8 Sign-off extra - the late Dick West performs the Lord's Prayer using Indian sign language, recorded sometime in the late 1970s

 

 

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