KTWU Channel 11, Topeka, Kansas
Sign-off & Color Bars recorded
Spring or Summer 1998

Page created Sunday, 31 May 2020

Here with this video TV-Signoffs.com presents its initial entry for the state of Kansas. It's from the PBS member station founded by Washburn University, who still maintains KTWU today along with the translator K30AL-D in Iola. The sign-off is of the basic variety; only a static graphic and voice-over running for one minute and 23 seconds. It is followed by a minute and 20 seconds of color bars and tone before the transmitter is shut off. The video was apparently made quite a distance from Topeka, which accounts for the weak signal, resulting in the occasional dropouts seen in the transfer from VCR tape to digital.

KTWU Channel 11 became Kansas' first educational/public TV station when it began operation in October 1965. The station entered a period of uncertainty when Topeka was struck by an F5 tornado in June 1966, causing catastropic damage to the Washburn University campus. For the massive job of rebuilding WU elected to use money originally allocated for KTWU's operation. As a result, Channel 11 had to operate on a meager $50,000 annual budget, mostly from funds provided by viewers, private organizations and local businesses. The financial situation was improving by the time KTWU became a charter member of PBS in 1970. In September 1998, the year this video was recorded, KTWU ceased their nightly 12 AM sign-offs and went to 24/7 operation.

The video appears courtesy of YouTuber Route66Fan, who originally recorded it.

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