KTXL Channel 40, Sacramento/Stockton CA
Sign-Off from circa 1985

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TV-40 in California's capital city calls it a night at 3 am local time back in its days as an independent station. This sign-off was recorded the year before KTXL became one of the charter affiliates of the Fox Television Network. It is one of those sign-offs that features views of studio and control room equipment, only in this video no station personnel is seen operating any of it. Among the scenes are several shots of a large number of videotape machines in operation. There's also views of KTXL's tramsmitter tower and microwave relay tower (STL KMV-49). The sign-off ends with display of TV-40's membership in the Association of Independent Television Stations, Inc. (INTV). After several seconds of black, the KTXL color bars and tone make their appearence.

Channel 40 had two previous incarnations before KTXL began telecasting in 1968. The first was KCCC-TV, Sacramento/Stockton's first TV station, which operated from September 1953 to mid-1957 as the area's original ABC network affiliate. The station was shut down when it was merged into KOVR Channel 13, which is currently the CBS network station for Sacramento. The second Channel 40 was KVUE-TV, which operated as an independent station for a mere six months in 1959.

TV-signoffs.com thanks Chase Baker of Turlock CA for furnishing this KTXL TV-40 sign-off.

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