|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.
Page edited Sunday, 12 May 2013
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