|WHFV Channel 69, Fredericksburg VA
Station IDs and Sign-Off recorded circa Fall 1973
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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 dire 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
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. Normally the videos posted her at TV-Signoffs.com measure 400x304, but this one is sized at 640x480, so that the schedule can be read more easily. How many of these NBC shows do some of you remember viewing back in the day?
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