WXYZ-TV Channel 7, Detroit MI
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from Monday, 7 April 1980

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It's early Easter Monday morning in 1980, and Detroit's long-time ABC-TV affliliate is nearing the end of its telecast day. ABC itself put WXYZ-TV on the air away back in 1948 (hear bonus audio clip below) and was one of the five original ABC O&O stations (all on Channel 7). In 1986 ABC sold WXYZ-TV to the E.W. Scripps Company, the founder and licensee of another long-time ABC affiliate WEWS-TV 5. WXYZ-TV is still affiliated with ABC, but almost became an affiliate of the CBS-TV network at one point during the mid-1990s.

The video commences with the Channel 7 Action News Sign-Off Edition, the lead stories pertaining to the continuing U.S. hostage crisis in Iran. After a few commercials comes the sports and weather. After more commercials and WXYZ-TV program promos comes a PSA produded by Religion In American Life and the Ad Council sponsored by The Interfaith Broadcasting Commission of Greater Detroit. The sign-off announcement follows, a static "Circle 7" logo with the call letters inside the circle, exactly the one employed by the other ABC O&O's at the time (see the 1978 sign-off for KABC-TV). The SSB film is one of many produced by the U.S. Air Force, this one employs the split-screen method of showing two moving images at once with the U.S. flag sitting stationary in the middle of the screen throughout.

WXYZ-TV Inaugural Sign-On from 9 October 1948


Page created Thursday, 28 March 2013. This replaces an earlier page that featured a shorter-length video clip of this WXYZ-TV sign-off.

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.