KCTS Channel 9, Seattle, Washington
Sign-Off recorded circa 1985

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Seattle' station of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) calls it a night in this clip recorded around 1985. KCTS 9 was still telecasting from the University of Washington at the time, hence the approximate date of the sign-off (see bottom paragraph). The clip starts off with the final twelve seconds of the KCTS program Evening Edition. Following immediately is the sign-off itself, featuring a montage of video from numerous PBS programs (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Nova, and Masterpiece Theatre among them), various KCTS 9 local programs and film of scenes of the Seattle area. Included in the sign-off is an invitation to viewers to make financial pledges to support KCTS 9.

KCTS 9 signed on initially in December 1954, making it one the first non-commercial educational/public TV stations in the United States, and very likely the first in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Washington owned and operated the station from its campus until 1986-87, when the KCTS facilities were moved to the present location at Seattle Center, and the license was transferred to KCTS Television, a community non-profit corporation. KCTS produced/distributed, in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, the popular Emmy-winning PBS Kids program Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993-1998).

KCTS Channel 9 Sign-off from 1989

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