WTVF Channel 5, Nashville, Tennessee
Sign-off and SOGP created 25 August 1978

Page created Sunday, 7 March 2021

The CBS Television Network outlet serving Music City USA first took to the air in August 1954 as WLAC-TV. The Life and Casualty Company of Tennessee, the LAC in the call letters and then owners of WLAC Radio AM 1510, and a consortium of Nashville businessmen were the founders of Channel 5. Since WLAC Radio was affiliated with CBS since 1928, Channel 5 took the CBS TV affiliation from WSIX-TV/8 (today's WKRN-TV/2) upon its initial sign-on. A change in Channel 5's ownership in December 1975 brought about the change of the calls to WTVF in accordance with FCC regulations regarding call letters in force at the time. In January 2021, Nashville's Ion Network station WNPX-TV/28 became a sister to WTVF when the E.W. Scripps Comany, owners of Channel 5 since 2014, and Berkshire Hathaway teamed up to acquire Ion Media, owners of WNPX-TV.

Our video commences with color bars, followed by a graphic reading "Sign-off Black 8/25/78". Afterwards comes a montage of photo and video featuring local scenes, among them are WTVF's studio building and transmitting tower. After the montages fades to black, the mid-and-late-1970s "white" version of the TV Code Seal appears for several seconds, but minus voice-over announcement. Perhaps the Channel 5 staffer who assembled this sign-off thought the SOGP woudn't fit within the beautiful photo/video montage, so it was tacked on at the conclusion. The Webmaster of TV-Signoffs.com believes this video was possibly a dubbing made from the original 1978 master tape, judging from the material at the opening.

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