WTVS Channel 56, Detroit MI
Sign-Off recorded in 1992

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A late Saturday night sign-off of Detroit's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station. At the time, WTVS was one of a few PBS stations that was on the air 24 hours a day, with the exception of early Sunday mornings. The clip commences with the closing moments of The Lonesome Pine Specials, which is followed by PBS promos for Austin Citry Limits and two Ken Burns documentaries, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire Of The Air. The WTVS sign-off follows, rendered by the late Paul Winter, the long-time voice of WTVS. The announcement is two and a half minutes long and is chock full of technical information. Following is the national anthems for both Canada and the United States. The SSB film was produced by the State of Michigan to commemorate its 150th anniversary. After 45 seconds of black screen, the WTVS color bars appears with tone briefly before the carrier is cut.

Tv-Signoffs.com sends out a big "thank-you" to Ron Allen of Canton, Michigan for contributing this video as well as the information relating to it.

Page created Sunday, 4 March 2012

WTVS Channel 56 Final Analog Sign-off from 16 April 2009

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