WQAD-TV "Active 8", Moline, Illinois
Inspirations and Sign-Off recorded circa 1981

Page modified Tuesday, 11 August 2020

The seven-and-a-half minute video kicks off with the concluding moments of the encore of the late-evening Active 8 newscast. Afterwards comes commercials for Montgomery Ward stores and the HI-Fi Expo in Davenport. Then it's Inspirations, a mini-sermon delivered by the Reverend robert Wiedrich of the Wesley United Methodist Church. The station sign-off immediately follows, and a very slickly produced one, at that. Included therein is a rundown of the stations of the Des Moines Register Broadcast Group in which WQAD-TV was part of at the time. Also featured are scenes of control room equpiment, technical stats and the 1965 version of the NAB Television Code Seal. At that time, apparently, Active 8 did not play a National Anthem film to end its broadcast day, for it goes right to color bars after the sign-off,

WQAD-TV serves the Quad Cities area, which consists of Moline and Rock Island in west central Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. WQAD underwent numerous changes in ownership during its lifetime; it is currently owned by Tegna, the former broadcast and digital media division of the Gannett Company. The station has been a full-time ABC network affiliate since its initial sign-on on the first day of August, 1963.

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