WBBM-TV Channel 2, Chicago, IL
Sign-Off recorded 8 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 Chicagoland area.

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.

WEBMASTER'S NOTE: This clip appears here courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, a.k.a. FuzzyMemories.tv. FuzzyMemories is a site devoted to the study, acquisition, preservation, exhibition and nostalgic enjoyment of Chicagoland television.

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