WJAR Channel 10, Providence, Rhode Island
Meditation Prayer, Sign-off & SSB
recorded November 1987

Page created Sunday, 31 May 2020

Providence's NBC 10 was originally on Channel 11 when it made its debut on 10 July 1949 as Rhode Island's first television station. It was the video spawn of WJAR Radio AM 930 (now WHJJ), owned by the then-iconic Providence retail firm called The Outlet Company. In Spring 1953 WJAR-TV was forced by the FCC to relocate to Channel 10 after numerous reports of interference between it and New York City's WPIX-TV 11. From its launch WJAR was a primary NBC network station with at various times secondary affiliations with CBS, DuMont and ABC until 1963, when Channel 10 went full-time with NBC. In 1980 The Outlet Company exited the department store business to concentrate on broadcasting under the name Outlet Communications (WJAR AM/FM was sold off that same year). In 1996 Outlet was merged with NBC, making WJAR an NBC O&O station. Ten years later, NBC sold Channel 10 along with three other stations to Media General. In December 2014, after merging with LIN Media (then owner of Providence's WPRI-TV 12), Media General sold WJAR to its current owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The five-minute video commences with Meditation, a devotional prayer delivered (off-screen) by the Rev. Ralph E. Macy of Grace Episcopal Church, Providence. The station sign-off is next, featuring views of the dome of the Rhode Island State Capital building and video of downtown Providence at night. The SSB film is the "split-screen flag" version from the U.S. Air Force, but the audio is that of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir lifted from one of the LDS Church's patriotic films, ending with a final shot of the Capitol Building's dome along with the Channel 10 logo. A minute of pure static rounds out the clip.

BONUS AUDIO: A WJAR-TV 10 sign-off recorded Summer 1964
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