|WBBM-TV Channel 2, Chicago, IL
Sign-Off recorded 6 January 1981
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|Another telecast day is in the books for the
Windy City's CBS-TV network station, which CBS itself
still owns and operates to the present day. After a brief
station ID/promo for afternoon reruns of The Rockford
Files appears the 1965 version of the NAB's Seal of
Good Practice, with voiceover rendered by Jerry Harper.
Following about 30 seconds of black (some technical
trouble, perhaps?), the SOGP returns for an encore
appearence. Then comes the SSB film that was used by the
other CBS O&O stations in their sign-offs at the
time, such as New York's WCBS-TV. The sign-off
announcement is next, with the aforementioned Jerry
Harper delivering it. After a quick animated Channel 2 ID
comes color bars. Judging from the static present, the
video may have been recorded by someone outside of the
Chicago's Channel 2 began life as WBKB-TV in September 1946 on Channel 4. It was the first U.S. commercial TV station outside of the Eastern Time Zone to go on the air. CBS purchased the station in February 1953 and immediately changed the call letters to WBBM-TV, after those of the AM-FM radio stations that CBS already owned in Chicago. Five months later, in compliance to an FCC-imposed channel reallocation, WBBM-TV move to Channel 2.
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