Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB)
recorded from WNGH-TV Ch. 18, Chatsworth/Dalton
Final Analog Sign-off - Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Page created Sunday, 27 June 2021

What is known today as Georgia Public Broadcasting began in May of 1960 as WGTV Channel 8, owned and operated by the University of Georgia in Atlanta. The following year, the Georgia Board of Education launched the first of eight TV stations that would become Georgia Educational Television. In 1965 WGTV joined forces with the state network, but remained the property of UGA. The State Legislature created the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission in 1969 and the network stations' licenses, except for that of WGTV, were transferred to it (WGTV was acquired by the GPTC from UGA in 1982). In 1970 GETV became Georgia Public Television (GPTV) and was known on-air as such until 2004 when GPTV and its sibling Georgia Public Radio adopted the current name, GPB.

The nine stations of the GPB television network ceased analog transmissions just before 12 midnight with this piece. First there is a brief discussion of the digital transition from Bob Olive, assistant general manager of GPB. After a quick network ID comes a classic TV sign-off that was resurrected for the occasion. It's a video montage of the sights of the state of Georgia from its mountains to its coast, accompanied by the late Ray Charles' rendition of the Hoagy Carmichael tune "Georgia on My Mind", the official song of Georgia. This sign-off was used for many years by GPTV at 12 midnight every night up until 2001 when the network went to 24/7 operation. You viewers will need to brace yourself for the super-loud blast of static that comes when the analog transmitter is shut down for the final time. This recording was made off the air from WNGH-TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, which serves the Dalton area in northwestern Georgia.

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