|WKRC-TV Channel 12, Cincinnati, Ohio|
Sign-Off recorded circa 1983
Page updated and modified Thursday, 2 July 2020
A wonderful sign-off from Cincinnati's second oldest TV station (behind WLWT Channel 5). The sign-off , announced by the late Glenn "Skipper" Ryle, features aerial video of the WKRC-TV transmitter tower overlooking downtown Cincinnati. The insignias of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Association of Broadcasters' Television Code are displayed along with the ABC Television Network logo (WKRC-TV was affiliated with ABC from 1961 to 1996, when it returned to its original - and current - network, CBS). The sign-off is followed by a choral rendition of "This Is My Country", accompanied by a photo montage of familiar sights of America, including Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, Plymouth Rock and George Washington's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
WKRC-TV was the flagship TV station of Taft Broadcasting Corporation, the Cincinnati-based media comglomerate which at one time owned the Hanna-Barbera animation studio, home of Yogi Bear, the Flintstones and Scooby Doo. Among the TV stations Taft owned at various times were WTVN Channel 6 in Columbus, Ohio, WTAF-TV 29 in Philadelphia and, near the Webmaster's home, WGHP-TV 8 in High Point, N.C. Taft became Great American Broadcasting in 1987, then Citicasters Communications in 1993, then was acquired by Clear Channel Communications in 1999. Since 2012, WKRC-TV has been O-and-Oed by the Sunclair Broadcast Group.
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