|WDBJ-TV Channel 7, Roanoke VA
Sign-Off recorded Autumn 1988
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|Sign-off of Roanoke's longtime CBS
network affiliate. It's a simple station ID graphic
followed by a montage of still photos of scenes from all
over Virginia supplied by the Virginia State Travel
Service. The recording of "America The
Beautiful" used here is by the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir. The sign-off itself is rendered by long-time
WDBJ-TV personality Irv Sharp (1915-1993), an institution
on Roanoke radio and TV for over sixty years.
Channel 7 first took to the air 5 October 1955 as the video sibling of WDBJ Radio AM 960 (now WFIR), Roanoke's first and oldest radio station. Its first facilities were previously those of failed UHF station WROV-TV Channel 27, which was on the air only six months in 1953 (Roanoke's current Channel 27, WFXR, is not related to WROV). WDBJ 7 has been with the CBS network since day one and is the Roanoke Valley's most-watched station over its ancient rivals WSLS-TV 10 (NBC) and WSET-TV 13 (ABC).
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