|WOKR-TV Channel 13 (now WHAM-TV), Rochester, NY|
Moonlight Serenade Sign-Off and SSB
recorded 8 July 1992
Page updated and modified Monday, 10 2020
The ABC-TV Network affiliate for Rochester and vicinity calls it a night with the playing of "Moonlight Serenade" by the late great Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. This is the only TV station sign-off the Webmaster is aware of that uses this classic Big Band recording (it was Miller's composition and his band's theme song), but he remembers at least two radio stations using it to sign off with. Video of downtown Rochester at night make up the visuals for the sign-off. The SSB film that follows is the one produced by the Sierra Club in the early 1970s with the Stanford University Band providing the music. This was the SSB film that was used by the former Kaiser Broadcasting/Field Communications group stations such as WFLD-TV 32 (Chicago), WLVI-TV 56 (Boston) and the long-defunct WKBS-TV 48 (Philadelphia).
The call letters WOKR stood for "We're OK Rochester" and were the ones Channel 13 used when it initially signed-on in mid-September 1962. WOKR-TV came under common ownership with historic Rochester radio station WHAM-AM 1180 in June 2002 after the Ackerley Group, WOKR's licensee at the time, merged with Clear Channel Communications, WHAM radio's owner. Channel 13 began using the WHAM-TV call sign on 10 January 2005. In 2007, Clear Channel sold all of its TV stations to Newport Television (WHAM radio was not part of this sale). In late 2012 Newport, as part of its plans to sell 22 of its 27 stations, sold Channel 13's license to its current licensee, Deerfield Media. Channel 13's non-licensed assets (studios, equipment) were sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group, which would move its own WUHF/31 (Fox Rochester) there at the end of 2013. Sinclair operates WHAM-TV under a shared services agreement (SSA), and Channel 13 shares studios with Sinclair's WUHF/31. The WHAM-TV call letters were used from 1949 to 1956 by WHAM Radio's original TV sibling, known today as WROC-TV Channel 5.
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