WWAY-TV Channel 3, Wilmington NC
Sign-Off recorded June 1993

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Another variation of Wilmington's ABC station's sign-off, this one recorded off-cable during one of the Webmaster's vacations to Topsail Island/Surf City NC, about 35 miles northeast of Wilmington. This version uses a new announcer and video footage of the Wilmington area and the Cape Fear River. The station's ownership has changed as well (WWAY changed hands numerous times in its history - the current owner is Morris Multimedia). As with the 1989 and 1995 sign-offs linked below, the announcer recites the twenty-plus intercity relay stations and remote pickup units employed by the station. There's a brief view of the WWAY-TV color bars before the carrier is cut. At that moment, a different Channel 3 appears airing the All-News Channel. The Webmaster guesses that this was either WBTV in Charlotte or WTKR-TV in Norfolk VA, the Channel 3s closest to Wilmington.

WWAY-TV 3 was the last of the Wilmington stations to sign-off each night. It was doing so as late as mid-2005 with a very slickly-produced sign-off, which the Webmaster regrets being unable to record at the time. By 2006, when he returned to Topsail Island hoping to get a recording, the station had finally went to 24-7 operation.

Page updated Sunday, 21 May 2017

WWAY-TV Channel 3 - Sign-off recorded Summer 1989
WWAY-TV Channel 3 - two sign-offs recorded in May and June 1995

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