WMAQ-TV Channel 5, Chicago IL
Meditations, Sign-Off and SSB
from Thursday, 16 February 1984

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Here's proof that the late end-times "prophet" Harold Camping was wrong about Judgment Day being Friday, 21 October 2011. It actually took place on Thursday, 16 February 1984, according to Doug Llewelyn, announcer of The People's Court in the program promo that kicks off this video clip. This is followed by Meditations, a two-minute sermonette delivered by Richard D. Ahlberg of the First Evangelical Free Church. The WMAQ-TV sign-off follows, including the copyright and use statement, rendered by announcer Ed Grennan. Next is a sing-along SSB film of unknown date or origin, probably from the 1960s. When the carrier is cut off immediately after the SSB film ends, another station telecasting on Channel 5 is faintly seen and heard through the distortion on the screen.

WMAQ-TV 5 is NBC Television's Chicago O&O station. The network built Channel 5 and put it on the air in October 1948 under the call letters WNBQ. The calls were changed to the current WMAQ-TV in August 1964 after NBC's O&O AM radio station of those calls that broadcast in Chicago from 1922 to 2000.

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.

Page edited Sunday, 10 January 2016

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