|KNDO Channel 23, Yakima, Washington|
Sign-off & SSB recorded 10 August 1991
Page modified Tuesday, 30 June 2020
This video from Yakima's NBC outlet kicks off with a promo for the upcoming new NBC comedy series The Adventures of Mark & Brian, starring the then-popular Los Angeles morning-drive radio duet of Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps (the show would be axed that November due to poor ratings). Immediately following is the KNDO sign-off, with the text of the announcement being scrolled on the screen (for the benefit of the hearing-impaired, perhaps?), minus a few words. Afterwards is the ever-popular "Aim High America" SSB film of the U.S. Air Force. Then, before the signal is cut, is a listing of KNDO's twenty-three translator stations scattered about the Yakima Valley.
KNDO made its on-air debut in mid-October 1959 as an affiliate of the ABC-TV network. In 1965 KNDO switched its primary network affiliation to NBC, and had a secondary relationship with ABC. Channel 23 would go full-time with NBC in 1970. After several changes in ownership during the 1980s and 1990s, KNDO was purchased by the Cowles Company, its current licensee, in July 1999 and was made part of the KHQ Television Group (Cowles owns KHQ-TV "Q-6" in Spokane).
KNDO's sister station in the Tri-Cities area, KNDU Channel 25, first signed on in October 1961 as a satellite of KNDO. It continues as such today, except it has its own nightly newscasts, legal station IDs and commercial inserts. When KNDU it signed off in years past, it had its own pre-recorded sign-off as well.
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