WTVR Channel 6, Richmond VA
Sign-On from late Spring 1990

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WTVR-TV Channel 6 in Richmond began operations on 22 April 1948, thus becoming the first television station south of the Mason-Dixon line to go on the air. WTVR-TV has been solely a CBS affiliate since 1960, but previously had primary affiliations with NBC (1948-55), CBS (1955-56) and ABC (1956-60), and secondary affiliations with the long-defunct DuMont (1948-55) and the NTA Film (late 1950s) networks. The sign-on video was recorded by the Webmaster one Saturday morning either in late May or early June 1990 from his home near Winston-Salem N.C., some 250 miles from Richmond. It commences with one minute of color bars and 1000 Hz tone. This is followed by WTVR's "Pioneer" station ID slide, showing a silhouette of a television camera superimposed over a train of covered wagons. The 1965 color NAB Television Code Seal appears here, though it is not referenced to in the sign-on announcement. WTVR-TV used this same SOGP in its weekend sing-ons as late as 1993, ten years after the NAB abolished its TV Code, making it probably the last station in the U.S. to do so.

RELATED VIDEO CLIP:
WTVR-TV Channel 6 Final Analog Sign-Off from 12 June 2009, featuring
images of WTVR's history, past and present

Page edited Sunday, 12 May 2013

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