WDSU-TV Channel 6, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sign-Off and SSB recorded circa 1980

Page modified Monday, 15 June 2020

The longtime NBC-TV network outlet in New Orleans brings its day to an end after the late Sunday night movie. The sign-off is preceded by two promos for Channel 6's weekday 3:00 Money Movie, which for the week is featuring movies starring Jerry Lewis, 1965's Family Jewels being the one for Monday. Then comes the display of the NAB TV Code Seal, a rather unofficial version of it presumably put together by WDSU-TV's art department. This is followed by a station ID announcement with technical stats using a static slide identifying the studio-to-transmitter microwave link KKZ-96. After the National Anthem film, one of numerous produced by the U.S. Air Force, the signal goes down.

WDSU-TV is Louisiana's first TV station, commencing operations the week before Christmas in 1948. From 1950 to 1996 Channel 6's studios resided in the historic Brulatour Mansion on Royal Street in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans. In rhe early 1950s, WDSU-TV was the station where the TV career of Dick Van Dyke was launched. Van Dyke hosted various local music and comedy programs as well as serving as an announcer. One wonders if he may have done the WDSU-TV nightly sign-off at least once during his tenure there.

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