|WCIU-TV Channel 26, Chicago IL
W33AR Channel 33, Rockford IL
W65BT Channel 65, Milwaukee WI
W69BT Channel 69, South Bend IN
W12BK Channel 12, South Bend IN
Sign-Off recorded Summer 1989
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This vintage clip from "The U" in Chicago is the simplest type of TV station sign-off, a static station ID slide with voice-over announcement. Because WCIU-TV has four translator stations that carried its programming beyond the Chicagoland market, the sign-off announcement is a little more technical and a little longer. For whatever reason, the second South Bend translator, W12BK, is not listed on the station ID graphic, nor on the color bars at the end of the clip. An "America The Beautiful" film is the patriotic piece featured here.
WCIU-TV began life in February 1964 transmitting its programs only in monochrome, which it would continue to do until late 1974, when Channel 26 converted to living color. For its first thirty years, Channel 26 aired mostly religious and multi-ethnic programming. The long-running African-American music series Soul Train was created at WCIU-TV by its host and then-station staff member, the late Don Corneilus. Since 1994, WCIU-TV has been the home of Svengoolie, Chicagoland's classic horror and sci-fi movie show (formerly on WFLD-TV 32) hosted by Rich Koz. Svengoolie is now carried nationally over the Me-TV Network every Saturday evening, and has become a great favorite of the Webmaster of TV-Signoffs.com.
Video clip is from YouTube programmer capnvid47.
RELATED VIDEO: WCIU-TV Channel 26 Final Analog Sign-off 12 June 2009
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