WGR-TV Channel 2 (now WGRZ), Buffalo, New York
Sign-off, Canadian and U.S. National Anthems
recorded circa Autumn 1982

Page modified Wednesday, 1 July 2020

From Retrontario.com comes this above-average sign-off from Buffalo's long-time NBC network station. The clip begins with the closing moments of WGR-TV's Sunday Sports Special. The sign-off announcement follows, which has an unusual introduction and is accompanied visually with video of Channel 2's studio building, tower, and other equipment. Up next is some schoolchildren from St. Catherine's, Ontario singing "O Canada" and greeting their American neighbors at the end. Then a group of school kids from Derby NY render "The Star Spangled Banner" and bids the viewers a good night. Color bars closes out the video.

Channel 2 commenced telecasting in August 1954 as the video companion to Buffalo's pioneer radio station WGR AM 550. It has been an NBC network affiliate for all its life except during 1956 to 1958 when it was affiliated with ABC. During that time NBC had purchased a defunct UHF station in Buffalo, WBUF-TV 17 (today's WNED-TV), and moved its programming there. Despite its great efforts, NBC could not make Channel 17 profitable, so it took WBUF-TV dark and returned its programming to Channel 2 in September 1958. In May 1983 the letter "Z" was added to the WGR-TV callsign just weeks before Taft Broadcasting, the licensee of Channel 2 at the time, swapped the station for a TV station in Miami, Florida. WGRZ has changed hands several times since the swap occured. Since 1996 it has been owned by the Gannett Broadcast Group, which is now Tegna Media.

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