WNBC-TV 4, New York City, NY
Final Analog Sign-off
Friday, 26 June 2009

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The NBC Television Network's New York flagship station ended its regular analog programming around 12:30 PM EST on 12 June 2009 after their noon newscast. At that moment WNBC-TV began fourteen days of "nightlight service", which was nothing but repeats of the NAB's DTV Answers program, supplying viewers with information and assistance concerning DTV. This is what was aired once the "nightlight service" concluded. The final few seconds of the NAB's Get Ready For DTV program is seen first, then is followed by a montage of vintage WNBC-TV test patterns and NBC network logos which concludes with the word "goodbye". The audio used in this portion was the very clip used for the opening and closing of the NBC Nightly News during the 1970s and 1980s. With the cutting of the carrier, WNBC-TV ended its analog transmissions for good just five days shy of the station's 68th birthday. It was licensed by the FCC on 1 July 1941, the Inaugural Day of U.S. commercial telecasting, along with its rival WCBS-TV Channel 2. WNBC orignally was WNBT (1941-54) and then WRCA-TV (1954-60), and for its first six years operated on the long-defunct Channel 1.

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