WCIU-TV Channel 26, Chicago, Illinois
Final Analog Sign-off - Friday, 12 June 2009

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The Chicago station known affectionately as "The U" bid analog telecasting farewell with an employee gathering at the station's transmitter room in the Sears Tower (a month later it would be renamed the Willis Tower). The New Year's Eve-type party has most everything associated with it (sans champagne), even a countdown to the killing of the analog signal at midnight. Before this is done, The U's viewers gets to see a comparison of the old analog transmitter, complete with plumbing to keep the behemoth's tubes water-cooled, and the more compact, solid state digital transmitter.

The U's Channel 23 sister station, WWME-CA (the CA for Class A license, now CD), is where the format of the future Me-TV Network was created and today serves as that network's flagship station. It would continue to transmit both in digital and analog until January 2015, when the analog signal was shut off for good. No party was given for analog Channel 23 when that occured.

RELATED VIDEO: WCIU-TV 26 (and 4 translators) Sign-off circa 1989
BONUS YOUTUBE VIDEO: WCIU-TV 26 Sign-on and first 30 minutes of Stock Market Observer from 22 October 1971 (in living black and white)

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