WNET "Thirteen", Newark. New Jersey
Promos, Sign-off and Bulletin Board
recorded 14 February 1987

Page modified Friday, 14 August 2020

An eleven minute clip of New York City's PBS flagship station calling it another telecast day, recorded from UA-Columbia Cablevision. The clip commences with the final few seconds of a movie. Then comes promos for upcoming episodes of PBS's Mystery!. Masterpice Theatre and other programs. The station sign-off follows, rendered by George Flowers, is unique in that it acknowleges several chief staff members that handled the day's programming duties. The screen goes to black for several seconds (it ran for about five minutes originally, but was edited by the YouTube poster linked below). Once the Thirteen transmitter is shut down, the UA-Columbia Cablevision Bulletin Board appears, featuring text of program promos for HBO, Showtime, The Disney Channel, and other channels carried by the system. The background music is piped in from WPAT-FM 93.1 in Paterson NJ, which is now a Spanish language music station. Reportedly, WNET Thirteen went to 24/7 operation later in the fall of 1987.

The WNET Thirteen sign-off recorded three years earlier uses the same video, but features a female delivering the sign-off, presumably live. This page also has some historical information about the station, which includes Thirteen's earlier incarnation as New York City's first commercial independent station.

This video is from the ArchiveAnnex YouTube channel, run by the people behind the Oddity Archive show, which did an episode some years ago devoted to TV station sign-offs, using clips borrowed from TV-Signoffs.com. See that show here!

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