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This site, founded in 2007, 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.

WJKA-TV Channel 26 (now WSFX)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Station Sign-on and Sign-off
recorded June 1993

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21 July 1960 - ABC Television

The legendary Ernie Kovacs hosts this quiz show that is similar in format to the Goodson & Todman quizzers What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth and I've Got a Secret. The distinct element here is that pre-recorded bits of comedy is used to aid the celebrity panel in guessing the secret about a seemingly ordinary person brought onstage. The panel celebs are Cesar Romero, Jack Carson and Edie Adams, aka Mrs. Ernie Kovacs. This videotaped show had three Dutch Masters commercials in it, but only the first one featuring Ernie himself is seen here.(25 minutes)

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