WKYH-TV Channel 57 (now WYMT), Hazard, Kentucky
Sign-Off and SSB recorded Saturday, 31 August 1985

Page modified Thursday, 2 July 2020

A rare clip of today's CBS network station for southeastern Kentucky recorded during its final days as NBC affiliate WKYH-TV. Months before, Kentucky Central Television, then-licensee of Lexington's WKYT-TV 27, had purchased WKYH from Hazard businessman William Gorman, who was also mayor of Hazard from 1978 until his passing in 2010. By the end of 1985, Channel 57 had a new, more powerful transmitter, a new network (CBS) and new call letters, WYMT, which are the current ones.

The sign-off is preceded by the final few seconds of WKYH-TV's evening newscast, presumably an encore run of he 11:00 edition at 1 AM when NBC's Saturday Night Live ended. The sign-off is voiced by WKYH-TV announcer/weatherman/sportscaster Joey Kessler and consists of aerial views of WKYH-TV's transmitter tower and the surrounding mountains. The shaky signal seen in the clip is proof positive that the transmitter needed to be replaced as soon as possible. The video concludes with a U.S. Army SSB film utilizing historic Army imagery.

This video comes from YouTube broadcaster donmussell12, who has posted on his channel several other videos from WKYH-TV 57 from Labor Day weekend 1985. Among them are a couple amusing ones featuring Joey Kessler doing the weather.

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