|WIS-TV Channel 10, Columbia SC
Sign-Off and Sign-On
from Summer 1989
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|Among the Webmaster's top favorites among
his collection of TV station sign-off clips, for it
features a rarely-seen but wonderful patriotic film with
John Wayne narrating a poem entitled "America: You
Ask Me Why I Love Her?" (I'm assuming that's the
name of it). The clip starts with the closing credits of With
This Ring, a Roman Catholic religious program, then
on to the sign-off announcement featuring only a WIS-TV
logo graphic. The sign-on is similar to this except that
a "America The Beautiful" video is played
before the sign-on announcement. According to a fan's
comments on the Webmaster's
YouTube channel, the voice for both the sign-off and sign-on
is that of longtime WIS-TV weatherman Joe Pinner, who
from 1963 to 2000 hosted the Peabody Award-winning
children's show Mr. Knozit.
WIS-TV was the former sibling of WIS Radio (now WVOC-AM 560), which came on the air in 1930 as the last radio station in the U.S. to be assigned a previously-unused three-letter call sign. The call letters stood for "Wonderful Iodine State", an acknowledgment of the high level on iodine present in South Carolina's soil. These videos were captured at my home near Walkertown, North Carolina, about 200 miles from Columbia, which explains some of the fuzziness in the video.
NOTE: The video files featured on this website are taken from my VHS home recordings of over-the-air and cable video captures, clips contributed by others and clips downloaded from YouTube and similar sites. The quality varies from clip to clip, due to TV reception and recording issues. None of the clips that are featured here have been authorized by the various television stations, networks or any other entity.