WAFF-TV Channel 48, Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama
Sign-Off recorded Fall 1979

Page modified Thursday, 11 June 2020

Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama's NBC-TV affiliate station calls it a day. But not before we see promos for NBC programs Little House On The Prairie and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 17th Anniversary Special (with none other than Casey Kasem supplying the voice-over) and NFL Football. After these and a WAFF-TV 48 News plug comes Michael Guido's A Seed From The Sower inspirational piece, which was used by numerous TV stations across the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s to end the broadcast day. The WAFF-TV sign-off video is a classic example of that which features scenes of goings-on in the station's control room. The SSB film is that of the U.S. Army National Guard, featuring a piano solo and aerial scenes of U.S. landmarks and nature. WAFF was Huntsville/Decatur's first TV station, commencing operations in 1954 as WMSL-TV, operating on Channel 23 with studios in Decatur. The station moved to Huntsville in 1969 and began telecasting on Channel 48, as ordered by the Federal Communications Commission so that it would not cause interference with Alabama Public TV's WHIQ-TV Channel 25, operating nearby.

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