KFSM-TV Channel 5, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Sign-Off recorded circa 1983

Page modified Saturday, 13 June 2020

This particular clip, the curator of TV-Signoffs.com speculates, is what is known as an aircheck, a recording of a broadcast signal using a receiver that is connected to an antenna that is touched by the electromagnetic waves travelling through the air. The image has ghost images, particularly noticable in the CBS logo and KFSM-TV station ID graphic that appears before the sign-off. The video of the sign-off features a view of the Arkansas River, which runs near Fort Smith.The SSB film that follows is the Moog version used by KABC-TV in Los Angeles and numerous other stations.

KFSM-TV began life as UHF-TV station KFSA-TV Channel 22 in 1953. Struggling for viewers and ad revenue, KFSA-TV merged with hometown rival KNAC-TV Channel 5 (which was also struggling), shut down its UHF station, then signed on Channel 5 with the KFSA-TV call letters in early 1959. At the time of this sign-off recording KFSM-TV was owned by the New York Times Company, who in 2007 would sell off all of its television stations to Local TV LLC.Tribune Broadcasting acquired all of Local TV's stations, including KFSM-TV, in December 2013. KSFM is currently owned by Tegna, Inc., the former broadcast division of the Gannett Company. making it a sister station to fellow CBS affiliate KTHV/11 in Little Rock.

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