KABC-TV Channel 7, Los Angeles CA
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Sign-off clip of the ABC Television Network's owned-and-operated L.A. station, and among the oldest video clips of a TV station sign-off currently known to exist. After the sign-off announcement, delivered by Len Beardsley, we are treated to the wonderful U.S. Air Force "High Flight" film, with a recitation of the poem of that name composed by the late John Gillespe Magee, Jr.. Sadly, several seconds of this poem is missing on this clip, possibly because of a big glitch in the source video that was edited out (the High Flight film is in its entirety in the 1982 and 1986 KABC-TV sign-offs linked below). Following that is the Star-Spangled Banner clip, also produced by the USAF. This clip is referred to by sign-offs connoiseurs as the "Moog SSB" because the SSB is played on a Moog synthesizer. At least two TV stations in the Webmaster's area in North Carolina ran this SSB clip in the early to mid-1980s.

KABC-TV Channel 7 Editorial, News & Sign-off recorded 11 October 1976 - editorial by KABC-TV VP and GM John Severino. News and sign-off announced by Len Beardsley and uses American Revolution SSB film
KABC-TV Channel 7 Sign-off from circa 1982 - also announced by Len Beardsley, who throws in a "Thought For The Day"
KABC-TV Channel 7 Editorial and Sign-off from circa 1986 - editorial also by John Severino. Sign-off announced by Dean Webber.

Page edited Sunday, 11 October 2015

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