WMTV Channel 15, Madison, WI
Sign-Off recorded circa 1986

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Madison, the capital city of the state of Wisconsin, is also known as The City of Four Lakes. These lakes, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa, and Lake Kegonsa, are part of the Yahara River (Madison sits on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona). Video of the lakes plays a prominent role in this sign-off clip from Madison's NBC-TV network station, which also includes scenes of downtown Madison and the Capitol Dome. This pre-recorded sign-off was brand new in 1986, for that was the year this version of the NBC-TV Peacock logo was introduced and still identifies the network today.

WMTV originally was on Channel 33 when it first took to the air in July 1953. With the approval of the FCC, the station moved to Channel 15 seven years later. As of this writing, WMTV still telecasts from its original studio building on Madison's southwest side, but new facilities are under construction at the same address, scheduled for completion in December 2016.

RELATED VIDEO CLIP: WMTV Final Analog Sign-off from 17 February 2009

Page created Sunday, 1 May 2016

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