WCKT Channel 7 (now WSVN),
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale FL
Sign-Off and SSB recorded circa 1981

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The nightly sign-off of Miami's current Fox Netwprk station back when it was WCKT and affiliated with NBC. It consists of a static station ID graphic with a "Circle 7" design similar to the one used for years by the ABC Network's owned-and-operated stations that operate on Channel 7. The early-1980s version of the NAB TV Code Seal is presented midway through the sign-off. The SSB film is from the U.S. Marine Corps and features some of the women who were serving proudly in the USMC.

Channel 7's original licensee was Biscayne Television, which first signed on WCKT in July 1956. In 1962 it was revealed that several of Biscayne TV's principals had bribed Federal Communications Commisioner Richard Mack, who had resigned in 1958, in exchange for his vote in the awarding of the Channel 7 license to them. As a result, Biscayne TV was stripped of the Channel 7 license by the FCC. Sunbeam Television Corporation acquired Channel 7 late in 1962 (it is still owned by Sunbeam today). In 1983 the call letters were changed to the current ones, WSVN. When NBC moved its programming to its newly-acquired O&O station WTVJ, and an unsuccessful attempt at an affiliation with the CBS network, WSVN became a Fox station on New Year's Day 1989.

RELATED VIDEO CLIP: WSVN Ch. 7 Sign-off recorded circa 1988

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