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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.

WCBS-TV Channel 2
New York, New York
NARTB TV Code Seal and Sign-off
from early 1958 (Re-creation)

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Newest Sign-off

U.S Major Cities TV
Station Sign-Offs

Sign-Off Clips for
States A thru D

Sign-Off Clips for
States F thru K

Sign-Off Clips for
States L thru O

Sign-Off Clips for
States P thru W

U.S. Cable Network

U.S. TV Station 2009
Analog Sign-Offs

Audio Clips of TV
Station Sign-Offs

Audio of 1950s TV
Station Sign-Offs

Audio of 1964 TV
Station Sign-Offs

Miscellaneous Videos


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9 September 1957 - CBS Television

Legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow hosts this particular episode which re-creates the most famous single radio program in history, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre of the Air's version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" of 30 October 1938. For whatever reason, the name of Orson Welles is not mentioned in this TV drama. Alexander Scourby plays the radio show's host. Look for some early TV appearences of Edward Asner, Warren Beatty, Warren Oates and John Astin. Includes all of the Westinghouse commercials featuring John Cameron Swayze and Betty Furness. (60 minutes)
To hear the actual 1938 Orson Welles broadcast, go to this YouTube page:
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