KCBS-TV Channel 2, Los Angeles, California
Sign-Off recorded circa mid or late 1980s<

Page modified Thursday, 11 June 2020

Sign-off of the CBS Television Network's owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles. A very brief clip, featuring various scenes of nature. Since this clip does not have a Star-Spangled Banner video at the end (or any other patriotic or inspirational piece), the Webmaster assumes that this may not be a complete recording.

LA's Channel 2's roots can be traced back to June of 1931, when the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of today's FCC, granted Don Lee (1880-1934), a wealthy Cadillac dealer and broadcaster on the Pacific Coast, a license for experimental TV station W6XAO The station took to the air for the first time in December of that year, utilizing a 80-line mechanical scanning system running only motion picture film. By Spring 1933 W6XAO was telecasting one hour a day every day except on Sundays. By 1939 the station had converted to an all-electronic TV system and was operating on Channel 1 (44 to 50 MHz). In March 1946 the FCC discontinued Channel 1 for full-power TV operations and had W6XAO move to Channel 2. On 6 May 1948 W6XAO became commercial station KTSL, the TSL standing for Thomas S. Lee, Don Lee's son who inherited his father's interests. After the death of the younger Lee in 1950, the CBS network acquired KTSL and had the calls changed to KNXT to coincide with CBS's ownership of LA's AM radio outlet KNX 1070. On the 2nd of April 1984 at the stroke of midnight, KNXT became KCBS-TV.

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