WXEX-TV Channel 8 (now WRIC),
Petersburg/Richmond, Virginia
Sign-Off and SSB recorded Summer 1989

Page modified Friday, 28 August 2020

Sign-off clip of central Virginia's ABC affiliate, recorded by the Webmaster the same Friday night sometime in July 1989 along with the sign-offs for WAVY-TV 10 (Portsmouth/Norfolk) and WVEC-TV 13 (Hampton/Norfolk). The clip starts off with Inspiration, delivered by William Gulick, pastor of the Tri-Cities Church of Christ. From there comes the sign-off, featuring a hat-wearing trumpeter facing the skyline of Virginia's capital city playing "Home Sweet Home". Presumably, it's a local musician that resembles jazz great Chuck Mangione doing this (Mangione wears a black hat). The SSB film after this is the U.S. Air Force's "Aim High" version, which was widely used by TV stations in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s for their sign-offs.

Channel 8 commenced TV service in August 1955 as WXEX-TV, and was an NBC network affiliate for its first ten years. In 1965 it swapped networks with WRVA-TV 12 (now WWBT) and has remained with the ABC network since then. The year after this video was made, Channel 8 moved its studios to the current location on Arboretum Place in Chesterfield County. Its calls were changed to WRIC-TV around the time of the studio relocation, though the station is still technically licensed to Petersburg. As of this posting, WRIC-TV is owned by Nexstar Media Group.

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