WHFV Channel 69, Fredericksburg, Virginia (defunct)
Station IDs and Sign-Off recorded circa Fall 1973

Page modified Wednesday, 1 July 2020

This video comes to us via YouTuber stevations. It's a collection of audio clips captured from a long-defunct UHF-TV station in northern Virginia. WHFV (the HFV stood for Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia) was on the air only twenty months, commencing operations on 8 October 1973 and going dark for good just before 5 PM local time on 29 May 1975. Though Fredericksburg was an established radio market of its own, it was, apparently, not large enough to financially support a TV station, the result being WHFV was in monetary straits from day one. Though Channel 69 had an affiliation with NBC and carried all of that network's programming, it operated in the shadows of two powerful VHF NBC stations in the region, WRC-TV 4 (NBC's O&O in Washington DC) and WWBT Channel 12 (Richmond). The saga of WHFV can be seen in greater detail in this well-documented Wikipedia article.

The audio in this clip consists of a couple of station IDs, an incomplete WHFV advertisement promoting sales of stock in the station to local viewers, and an incomplete nightly sign-off announcement. The video consist of WHFV stationery and a printed schedule of Channel 69's programming for Fall 1973. How many of these NBC shows do some of you remember viewing back in the day?

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