KYW-TV "CBS 3", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Final Analog Sign-Off - Friday, 12 June 2009

Page modified Sunday, 9 August 2020

We join the United States' third-oldest TV station near the end of their noon newscast as they prepare to cut the juice on their analog signal. Right at 12:30 pm local time we see an really old-school B&W test pattern which reads "Philco W3XE Television". W2XE was the callsign of the Philadelphia Storage and Battery Company (PHILCO) experimental TV station in the 1930s from which KYW-TV is the descendant of. Very briefly during this there's a shot of a guy holding a sign for Zappos (did Zappos sponsor this shutdown?). Then comes the famous CBS Eye logo with the word "Goodbye" under it for several seconds. The signal is then cut, and those few watching on analog Channel 3 are treated to several minutes of a newscast from KTBS-TV 3 in Shreveport LA (!), with the signal going in and out. Philly's Channel 3 analog is then reactivated for a 30-day loop marathon of the NAB's DTV Answers program.

This edited video was recorded by Philly's own Dave Webb and is seen here via his YouTube channel.

For some historic information about today's CBS 3, view this page for a 1986 KYW-TV sign-off which includes a few audio clips of sign-offs from its day as NBC's WRCV-TV.

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