|WTAF-TV Channel 29 (now WTXF),
SSB film and Sign-Off recorded circa1986
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|Sign-off of Philly's current Fox
affiliate, recorded during its final year as an
independent (it would join Fox as one of its charter
affiliates later in 1986). The clip commences with the
great "Flag Evolution" SSB film, featuring
vintage images of U.S. History, followed by live video of
the Philly skyline at night with voice-over announcement
and ends with a brief station ID sequence. The
"TAF" in the call sign reflected Channel 29's
owner at the time, Taft Broadcasting (which would sell
the station to the TVX Broadcast Group in February 1987,
who changed the call sign to WTXF). The Fox network
itself would purchase WTXF in August 1995, the year that
saw major changes to local TV in Philadelphia.
An interesting bit of Fox 29's history: the station was first put on the air as WIBF-TV in May 1965 by the Fox Brothers, William, Irving and Benjamin, who owned WIBF-FM Radio 103.9 (now WPPZ). They were of no relation whatsoever to the media comglomerate that bears the Fox name. After several years of financial struggle, the Fox family sold the station to Taft in 1969.
TV-Signoffs.com gives thanks to TechnerVideo for allowing the embedding of his YouTube clip on this page.
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