WOAY-TV Channel 50, Oak Hill/Beckley WV
SSB and Sign-off recorded 21 May 2016 (widescreen)

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From southern West Virginia's first TV station comes this nice sign-off. The SSB video that precedes it displays a computer-generated waving U.S. flag with a photo montage of familiar Washington D.C. landmarks superimposed within it. WOAY-TV is southern West Virginia's ABC network outlet. Until the end of 2017 WOAY-TV was one of very few U.S. TV stations, if not the only one, that continues to sign off every night, usually around 2:30 AM local time.

UPDATE 15 January 2018: According to an email from Robert Baer, Jr., a resident of southern West Virginia, WOAY-TV has ceased its nightly sign-offs as of New Year's Day and has joined the rest of the American TV landscape in going 24/7/365. The Webmaster has confirmed this by viewing the program schedule on WOAY's website.

The station came to life on VHF Channel 4 in December 1954 as the video sibling of WOAY-AM 860 and WOAY-FM 94.1 (now WAXS). The stations were licensed to local businessman Robert R. Thomas Jr.. The Thomas family still owns WOAY-TV today; the radio operations were sold off in 1990. WOAY-TV has been a full-time ABC network station since its founding, except from 1959 to 1967 when it was primary CBS and secondary ABC. On 30 September 1977, WOAY's facilities for both radio and TV operations were utterly destroyed in a fire, forcing the stations to relocate to a local arena adjacent to the original building, where WOAY-TV still resides at the present. With the demise of U.S. analog TV broadcasting in June 2009, WOAY-TV chose no longer to brand itself as "TV 4" and began using "TV 50", after its digital channel. As of this writing, WOAY-TV is seeking permission from the FCC to move from channel 50 to channel 31.

RELATED VIDEO CLIPS From YouTube user Jay Q:
The devastating fire of 30 September 1977 knocked WOAY-TV off the air for two weeks. When Channel 4 returned to the air, they were only able to air ABC programming and a local pre-recorded station ID at first. Local productions came not long thereafter.
WOAY-TV's return to the air after the fire
Montage of clips from WOAY-TV's first post-fire newscasts

Page edited Monday, 15 January 2018

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