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Launched in January 2007, this site is devoted to the memory of a bygone era in American broadcasting when all TV stations' programming ended at the conclusion of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show or the local Late Movie, or whatever. This site featues authentic recordings (and a few re-creations) of U.S. television stations ending their broadcast day with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner (SSB), America The Beautiful (ATB) or some other patriotic piece before cutting the juice or going to a test pattern. With very few exceptions, all U.S. TV stations now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, filling their overnight schedules with infomercials, home shopping fare, all-night network news, movies and daytime talk-show reruns.


KHOF-TV Channel 30 (now KPXN)
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ANCIENT TV SHOW OF THE WEEK

OMNIBUS
14 November 1954 - CBS Television

"BERNSTEIN AND BEETHOVEN'S FITH SYMPHONY"
Starring Leonard Bernstein and the Symphony of the Air, formerly known as the NBC Symphony Orchestra. This kine of a live program features a (mostly) restored soundtrack utilizing an off-air recording made during the afternoon of the broadcast. The audio (which kicks in after the introduction) is far superior to that of the original kinescope. At the suggestion of the show's producers, Bernstein put together a program about the genesis of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony using sketches discarded by the composer. The scholarly nature of this material could have been impossibly bookish and was something of a gamble for the mass medium of television. Bernstein, however, made the subject seem vivid and vital through his clear, unprententious writing and clever metaphors. (30 minutes)

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