WBTW Channel 13, Florence SC
Sign-On recorded October 1980

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Sign-on clip of Florence's longtime CBS Network station, contributed by John Pinckney of Pasadena CA. He recorded it at the home of Ethel Garvin, his grandmother, who lived in South Carolina. The clip begins with 30 seconds or so of the classic WBTW B&W test pattern (the two edits during the TP were in the clip Mr. Pinckney sent). Following the TP is not a sign-on announcement, but a standard station ID. WBTW had installed a new transmitter tower in Dillon County SC the previous year, which greatly expanded its coverage area, hence the references to Wilmington, Fayetteville and Fort Bragg NC. After this is the first several seconds of The Arthur Smith Show, a very popular syndicated music/variety show in the 1970s starring South Carolina native Arthur Smith (1921-2014), composer of the classic tune "Guitar Boogie".

WBTW telecast originally on VHF Channel 8 when it was launched in October 1954. The station's original licensee was the Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Company, which also owned WBTV Channel 3 in Charlotte NC, hence the similarity in the call letters (Jefferson would sell off WBTW in 1968). WBTW moved to VHF Channel 13 in September 1962 as Channel 8 was re-allocated to High Point NC as WGHP. Before the launch of WPDE-TV 15 in 1980, WBTW carried a number of ABC network shows as well as those of CBS.

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RELATED AUDIO: A WBTW sign-off recorded circa 1983

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