WBNS-TV Channel 10, Columbus, Ohio
Fritz the Nite Owl, Sermonette,
Sign-off, Pledge of Allegiance and
SSB recorded 15 February 1980

Page created Friday, 29 October 2021

Here is a another video From Columbus's 10TV which features Frederick C. Peerenboom , best known to Columbusites as Fritz the Nite Owl, 10TV's late-night movie host for many years. Here Fritz is atop his “tower” (via a studio chroma-key video effect) closing out his double-feature movie with reading some letters from fans. Upon completion of Nite Owl Theatre comes a PSA for the Reye's Syndrome Foundation, followed by a promo for WBNS-TV Call for Action. After these comes I Believe..., an inspirational message delivered by Elder Charles Warfield. It's Fritz the Nite Owl himself doing the intro and the outro here. The station sign-off follows, rendered by Jamie Cochrane (spelling?), which featers the 1965 NAB TV Code Seal and a plug for the WBNS radio stations. Next up is the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, also done by Cochrane. This is the first ever sign-off video the Webmaster has run across that uses the Pledge.The SSB video that concludes this video is a photo montage of the Apollo 11 moon landing of 20 July 1969, the same one used in the 1987 WBNS-TV "sign-on" piece linked below.

WBNS 10TV is the CBS Television Network affiliate station for central Ohio, and has been since 10TV began telecasting in October 1949. Along with Fritz the Nite Owl, 10TV's former employees included comedian Jonathan Winters and the late great TV writer and series creator Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery).

RELATED VIDEO: WBNS-TV Channel 10 Fritz the Nite Owl,"Sign-on" and SSB recorded 24 December 1987

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