WRTV Channel 6, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sign-Off and My Country 'tis of Thee
recorded circa 1986

Page modified Monday, 17 August 2020

Indianapolis' current ABC network affiliate calls it a day. The video opens with the final few seconds of the pre-signoff religious program, then quickly goes to the sign-off itself, consisting only of voice-over and static WRTV ID slide. This is followed by one of numerous patriotic pieces produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a.k.a. The Mormons. This one is done to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rendition of "My Country 'Tis Of Thee".

WRTV is the oldest TV station in the state of Indiana, commencing operations on 30 May 1949 as WFBM-TV and as a CBS network affiliate. In 1956 Channel 6 became an NBC station, and was such until 1979, when it swapped networks with WTHR Channel 13, and became an ABC station, as it is currently. During the 1950s WFBM-TV had secondary affiliations with the DuMont Network and the original film-based Paramount Television Network. Channel 6 became WRTV in 1972 as a result of an ownership change.

TV-Signoffs .com salutes Ann Nieves of the old INNewsCenter.net website (no longer online) for contributing this clip.

RELATED VIDEO: WRTV Channel 6 Final Analog Sign-off from 12 June 2009

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