WCBS-TV 2, New York, NY
Final Analog Sign-off
Friday, 12 June 2009

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The flagship station of the CBS Television Network ended its analog programming after sixty-eight years minus nineteen days about five minutes before 3 PM EST on 12 June 2009. First we see about thirty seconds of one of CBS's afternoon soaps, the name of which I do not know. Next comes the legal sign-off with static CBS-2 HDTV graphic and voice-over announcement, which is followed by the National Anthem video of a waving Unied States flag. After this is three seconds of a re-creation of the WCBS-TV black-and-white test pattern before the signal goes to "hash". The original WCBS-TV 2 B&W TP used a different style of font for the call letters and could be viewed in the 1977 WCBS-TV sign-off/on clip. After about two minutes of static, the TP returns for a few seconds, followed by the same SSB video seen earlier. Then comes a sign-on announcement kicking off thirty days of "nightlight service", which was nothing but repeats of the NAB's DTV Answers program, supplying viewers with information and assistance concerning DTV.

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