WBTV Channel 3, Charlotte, NC
Sign-Off & Sign-On recorded Summer 1989

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Combined sign-off and sign-on clips in one file. The two clips were recorded on different occasions during the summer of 1989. The sign-off is preceded by a WBTV News promo clip featuring Sarah James. The sign-off and sign-on clips each features a montage of clips of WBTV personalities both past and current at the time this clip was produced. The clip of the guy in front of an ancient weather map dates from the 1960s, judging from the skinny necktie the weatherman, Clyde "Cloudy" McLean, is wearing. The other weatherman featured is Mike McKay, who had a wonderful late-night TV nostalgia show on WBTV in the 1970s called Those Were The Years. The cowboy with the guitar was Fred Kirby, who hosted the Little Rascals Club and other children's shows on Channel 3 for five decades. His sidekick, "Uncle Jim", was long-time WBTV personality Jim Patterson, who presided over the station's initial sign-on in 1949 (Patterson's is the first face to appear in the sign-on montage). Kirby, Patterson and McLean are now deceased; Patterson died in an auto accident in 1986, three years before this video was recorded.

BONUS AUDIO CLIP: a 1979 WBTV sign-off announced by Jim Patterson:

RELATED VIDEO CLIP: A videotape of WBTV's sign-on and first several minutes of Carolina Calling program recorded circa Autumn 1958

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