WMAQ-TV Channel 5, Chicago IL
Meditations, Sign-off and SSB
recorded 1 November 1981

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Another broadcast day has finished for the NBC-TV Network's owned-and-operated Chicago station. The video kicks off with a Channel 5 station ID and promo for Entertainment Tonight. Next up comes the sermonette Meditations, here delivered by the Reverend John F. Fahey of St. Clements Church in Chicago. After this comes the early-1980s version of the NAB TV Code Seal, which was the final one used by the NAB until they abolished the Code early in 1983. Then it's the station's copyright and use statement, which is printed on the screen using static slides, followed by a WMAQ-TV 5 ID slide for the sign-off announcement. Concluding this video is an SSB film, which was produced sometime in the 1960s. There was a version of this exact SSB film that had various subliminal messages embedded in the anthem's lyrics displayed. The one used this clip does not employ that technique. WMAQ-TV was using this SSB film as late as 1984, as evidenced in that year's Channel 5 sign-off linked below.

WEBMASTER'S NOTE: This clip appears here courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, a.k.a. FuzzyMemories.tv. FuzzyMemories is a site devoted to the study, acquisition, preservation, exhibition and nostalgic enjoyment of Chicagoland television.

WMAQ-TV Channel 5 Sign-off recorded16 February 1984
WMAQ-TV Channel 5 Sign-off recorded 14 January 1989

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