WLNS-TV Channel 6, Lansing, Michigan
Final Analog Sign-Off - Friday, 12 June 2009

Page modified Thursday, 2 July 2020

The CBS-TV network affiliate for Michigan's capital city closed out fifty-nine years of analog service with this sign-off video made for the occasion. It features visuals of downtown Lansing and its citizens enjoying various leisure activities. The National Anthem video was put together by Channel 6, as well, for toward the end it has more views of Lansing and footage of the city's Class A minor-leage baseball team, the Lansing Lugnuts, celebrating a victory. The sign-off is preceded by a ninety-second PSA from the USO (United Service Organization) showing vintage film clips of various celebrities, and Bob Hope in particular, performing for U.S. troops overseas in World War II, Korea Vietnam and Iraq.

WLNS-TV's very first sign-on occurred on 1 May 1950 under the calls of WJIM-TV. The "JIM" was the name of station founder Harold F. Gross' son (Gross was the original owner of WJIM Radio AM 1240). In 1953, Channel 6 moved into it current facilities on Saginaw Street. Gross had the building designed like a motel, complete with swimming pool, in case WJIM-TV did not prosper and fail. The station did prosper, of course, and the pool wound up used for only an occasional employee party (the Webmaster assumes the pool was removed at some point). In 1984, after an exhausting ten-year legal struugle with the FCC and the local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter over violations of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine, Gross gets rid of his radio and TV stations. At that point, Channel 6 adopted its current calls, WLNS-TV.

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