WNVT-TV Channel 53 (now 23.3), Goldvein, Virginia
Sign-Off recorded circa 1982

Page updated and modified Saturday, 29 August 2020

This clip was recorded and contributed by John Pinckney of Pasadena CA. This is the simplest type of TV station sign-off, a slide and voice-over announcement. The hamlet of Goldvein, just northwest of Fredricksburg in northern Virginia, once boasted of having eighteen active commercial gold mines, hence its name.

WNVT commenced telecasting on Dhannel 53 in March 1972 as the PBS member station for the Virginis side of the Washington, D.C. market, WNVT remained as PBS member station until January 2000, when it cut itself off from the network and became an educational indie. In 2001 WNVT and its sister station WNVC/24 in Fairfax became known as MHz Networks, serving northern Virginia and the Washington area with non-commercial educational and international programming over ten, later twelve, digital subchannels. In 2003 WNVT went to digital-only transmissions on Channel 30 due to the cost of running both analog and digital signals in its largely rural coverage area (WNVC would do likewise five years later). In March 2017 Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation, the parent of WNVC and WNVY, sold both station's licenses in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction for $182 million. Today WNVT shares a channel with sister station WCVE in Richmond. Its now a member station of World Channel, a news/documentary network. The MHz Networks ceased over-the air broadcasting all together in mid-2020 and is now a sreaming service.

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