WGHP-TV "Fox 8", High Point NC
Final Analog Sign-off
Friday, 12 June 2009

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Hands down, this is the best of the analog TV farewells from the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. Features the final five minutes or so of the FOX 8 10:00 News with Bob Buckley and Julie Luck. First, there's a segment featuring WGHP's chief engineer Charlie Layno explaining to viewers how to program their digital converter boxes (Mr. Layno requested a DVD of the Webmaster's recording of the FOX 8 analog shutdown and was sent one). Then it's a trip down Channel 8's memory lane, a video montage featuring past WGHP personalities. Among them seen here is long-time weatherman Frank Deal, who very recently passed away at the age of 84. This is followed by the National Anthem, and the button-pushing ceremony at the transmitter site in Sophia, NC. The aforementioned Mr. Layno is at the digital transmitter, and retired engineer Raymond Kinney is given the honor of shutting down the analog transmitter. This was recorded "over the air" using rabbit ears and a VCR run into the video capture device on the PC. Also included at the end is a recording made from cable of the final moments at the transmitter site, followed by the opening of that night's episode of "Seinfeld".

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