WTVS Channel 56, Detroit, Michigan
Final Analog Sign-off
Thursday, 16 April 2009

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Detroit Public TV shuts down its analog transmitter at 12 noon local time on 16 April 2009 instead of the 12th of June as originally scheduled. The analog transmitter used by WTVS had become a real clunker, having failed seven times since the start of 2009. After a DPTV Kids Club promo featuring Barney the Dinosaur comes a video overview of good-ol' Channel 56's 54 years of service, with clips of local programs as well as PBS's Sesame Street. Following this, as a courtesy to the numerous WTVS viewers in southwestern Ontario, Canada, the Canadian National Anthem is played, followed by the one of the United States of America.

Page edited Sunday, 25 August 2013

WTVS Channel 56 Sign-off recorded in 1992

NOTE: The video files featured on this website are taken from my VHS home recordings of over-the-air and cable video captures, clips contributed by others and clips downloaded from YouTube and similar sites. The quality varies from clip to clip, due to TV reception and recording issues. None of the clips that are featured here have been authorized by the various television stations, networks or any other entity.