|WTIC-TV Channel 3 (now WFSB), Hartford CT
Inaugural Sign-On with Dedicatory Prayer
from 21 September 1957
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|Connecticut capital city's Channel 3 was the
second VHF television station in the state, behind New
Haven's WNHC-TV Channel 8 (now WTNH). Interestingly,
WTIC-TV operated as an independent station for its first
year before getting the CBS-TV network affiliation which
it retains today. At the time of WTIC-TV's debut, CBS
owned and operated WHCT-TV Channel 18 in Hartford (now
WUVN), a UHF-TV station the network acquired a couple of
years earlier. Because TV receivers were not required to
have UHF tuners prior to 1964, WHCT, like many UHF-TV
stations in the 1950s, did poorly in the ratings and in
revenue. Late in 1958, CBS unloads Channel 18 onto the
General Tire Corporation, which resulted in WTIC-TV
receiving the very popular CBS programming. The Travelers
Insurance Company, Channel 3's original licensee, would
sell WTIC-TV to the Washington Post Company in 1972, the
result being the change of the station's call letters to
the current WFSB. Since 1997, WFSB has been owned by the
Meredith Corporation. In 1984, the WTIC-TV call letters
were resurrected for use by Connecticut's newest UHF
station, Channel 61 in Hartford.
Our video clip begins with several seconds of the WTIC-TV test pattern and tone. Following this (drum roll, please) is a film of Channel 3's transmitting tower, the U.S. Flag (with 48 stars) and various scenes of local interest which serves as visual accompaniment for the sign-on announcement and the playing of the National Anthem. Next up is Mr. Paul W. Moranzi (spelling?), President of the Travelers Broadcasting Service Corporation, who delivers a brief opening speech before introducing the Bishop of Connecticut, the Right-Reverend Walter H. Gray, who offers the station's dedicatory prayer.
AUDIO CLIP: WTIC-TV Ch 3 Sign-Off
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