|WUSA-TV Channel 9, Washington DC
Sign-Off recorded circa 1986
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|The CBS affiliate station for the Nation's
Capital began life as WOIC-TV in January 1949. The
following year CBS joined up with The Washington Post
newspaper to purchase the station and changed the call
letters to WTOP-TV after the Post's radio station of those calls
(now WFED AM 1500). The Post bought out CBS's
shares in the station in 1954. In 1978, Post-Newsweek
swapped Channel 9 for WWJ-TV 4 (now WDIV) in Detroit, owned
by the Evening News Association, publishers of the Detroit
News. The ENA changes Channel 9's call letters to
WDVM-TV. Eight years later, in 1986, the ENA is purchased
by the Gannett Company, publishers of USA Today,
and on Independence Day that year the call letters were changed to
WUSA-TV in honor of the newspaper published by
Channel 9's new owners.
Unfortunately, this recording is incomplete, beginning half-way through the sign-off announcement. The "Flag Evolution" SSB is used here, the same as that used in the 1980 WDVM-TV sign-off linked below.
Page edited Sunday, 2 July 2017
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