WTEN Channel 10, Albany NY and
WCDC-TV Channel 19, Adams MA
Sign-Off recorded circa 2003

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Sign-off of the ABC Television Network affiliate of New York state's capital city and its long-time satellite station in Adams, Massachusetts. The clip kicks off with an computer-animated logos for WTEN 10, Young Broadcasting and the ABC network, followed by video of the towers and transmitters of WTEN and WCDC-TV 19, and concluding with video of the WTEN/WCDC Albany studios with a view of action inside the control room. An unidentified male chorus follows the sign-off announcement, giving us their rendering of "God Bless America", accompanied visually by scenes of the Albany area, including the State Capital Building. The WTEN 10 CGI logo is seen briefly after GBA, followed by color bars. It is not known from which of the two stations this clip was captured.

WTEN operated originally as a UHF-TV station on Channel 41, its call letters were WROW-TV (1953-56) and WCDA-TV (1956-57). When the Federal Communications Commission granted the station permission to move to VHF Channel 10 in mid-1957, WCDA-TV changed its call to WTEN to reflect the move. WCDC-TV commenced operations in February 1954 as WMGT Channel 74, one of only six U.S. full-power TV stations ever to broadcast above UHF Channel 69. By the end of 1954, WMGT was allowed to move to Channel 19. In 1957 WMGT became WCDC-TV 19 and a full-time satellite of WTEN, a relationship that continues into the present age of digital TV.

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RELATED AUDIO CLIP:
WTEN Channel 10 and WCDC-TV 19 Sign-off recorded Summer 1964

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