WLBT Channel 3, Jackson, Mississippi
Purple Haze Sign-off & SSB
recorded circa mid-March 1990

Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020

The video featured here is among the most unusual sign-offs here on the site. It comes from the NBC network affiliate in the capital city of Mississippi. The clip commences with NBC program promos for Saturday Night Live and The Players golf championship coverage. Then there's a WLBT 3 News promo featuring Walt Grayson, which is followed by two local PSA spots. Following a WLBT program promo/station ID comes a graphic reading, "Tonight's signoff is dedicated to The Clipster, Mrs. Clip and Baby Clip, =The Video Kid=", whoever they are. This introduces a "Purple Haze" graphic which is treated to psychadelic video effects as Jimi Hendrix's classic 1967 recording is playing. In the middle of the thing, Bert Case breaks in with the WLBT sign-off announcement. The SSB video is the same one used by WLBT in its 1989 sign-off, linked below.

WLBT first signed on six days before Christmas in December 1953 with the calls WJBT. In mid-January 1954 the calls were changed to WLBT, because WJBT sounded too similar to those of Jackson's CBS Channel 12, WJTV. Channel 3 has been affiliated with NBC since day one, though it did share ABC programming with WJTV until WAPT Channel 16 signed on in 1970.

To learn about the controversial early history of WLBT, view the description for the 1989 WLBT sign-off.

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