WFAA-TV Channel 8, Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas
Final Analog Sign-off - Friday, 12 June 2009

Page updated and modified Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Channel 8 meteorologist Pete Delkus hosts the final analog sign-off for the ABC station for the Dallas/Forth Worth market, which took place at 12 noon local time. The first part consists of numerous still images and video clips highlighting WFAA's sixty-year history. For the second portion, the WFAA-TV sign-off used during the 1970s is dusted off and played one final time. It is full of film footage of nature scenes and DFW area attractions. It also includes the NAB's Seal of Good Practice, which graced many a U.S. TV station sign-off and sign-on prior to the 1980s.

WFAA-TV initially signed on in September 1949 under the call letters KBTV. It originally was a primary affiliate of the old DuMont Television Network and had a secondary affiliation with the short-lived Paramount Television Network. In March 1950 The Belo Corporation, then owner of WFAA Radio AM 570 (currently KLIF) acquired KBTV and changed the calls to WFAA-TV, making Channel 8 one of only a few TV stations west of the Mississippi River not to have its call begin with a "K". Belo would own WFAA-TV for 63 years up to 2013, when Belo itself was purchased by the Gannett Company, owner of the USA Today newspaper and several other TV stations. In 2015 Gannett was split into two companies, its broadcasting and digital division taking the name Tegna, Inc., in which WFFA-TV is a part of.

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