KBSC-TV Channel 52 (now KVEA),
Corona/Los Angeles, California
Sermonette, Sign-Off and SSB from circa 1977-78

Page modified Thursday, 11 June 2020


The end of another telecast day arrives for Los Angeles' Telemundo station back when it was KBSC-TV and the LA outlet of ONTV, an over-the-air pay-TV network. The video commences with the ON-TV sign-off announcement. From there it's Meditations, a four-minute sermonette delivered, off-screen, by Joseph Hughes, pastor of West Hollywood Baptist Church. Then it's the KBSC-TV sign-off, with video of the American flag flying over, presumably, the Channel 52 studio building. The sign-off is delivered by none other than the late Dick Tufeld, who is best remembered as the voice of The Robot featured on the 1960s CBS-TV series Lost In Space.The Sierra Club SSB film follows, a holdover from the era (1966-76) when KBSC-TV was part of the Kaiser Broadcasting group of TV stations (the KBSC call sign was a holdover, as well)

According to this Wikipedia article on KEVA, Channel 52 was one of seven independent TV stations operating in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. During that time, KSBC-TV was on the air from early-afternoon to late-evening. It became part of the ONTV subscription service in 1977, and in 1978 went to 24-hour operation, hence the dates given for this sign-off video. In 1985, Channel 52 was sold to its current licensee, Telemundo (now a part of NBC-Universal), and the ONTV programming was dropped.

The ONTV network was one of a number of pay-TV services in the late 1970s and early 1980s that transmitted a scrambled signal over a UHF-TV channel. ONTV was seen in a dozen or so major U.S. cities, which included Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and San Francisco, but not New York City. The programming was mainly movies, sporting events, music concerts, overnight "adult" entertainment and "pay-per-view" specials. It was on ONTV that George Lucas' sci-fi blockbuster movie Star Wars (1977) made its TV debut, in September 1982. When cable TV became more widely available in the U.S. in the 1980s, over-the-air pay-TV became obsolete, resulting in the demise of ONTV and similar networks

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