KPHO-TV Channel 5, Phoenix, Arizona
Program Promos, Sign-off and ATB film
recorded 7 April 1986

Page created Sunday, 14 June 2020

The five-and-a-half minute video here was edited from a YouTube posting that had numerous PSAs and commercials along with extremley-low audio volume. There are a number of KPHO-TV "Arizona Favorites" program promos for late-afternoon sitcoms Different Strokes, Happy Days, Benson, twice-daily airings of M*A*S*H, Donahue, and the Second Annual Stuntman Awards. The Channel 5 sign-off comes in at the three-minute mark, which features a view of Channel 5's studio building at night with a man working at the master controls. There's also a listing of Channel 5's four translator station along with the station's mailing address. To round out the video, there's a nice America the Beautiful film featuring still images of mostly nature.

When KPHO-TV first signed on in December 1949 it became Arizona's first television station as well as Phoenix's first. Up until April 1953, Channel 5 was the only show in town, having a primary affiliation with CBS and secondary relations with NBC, ABC and DuMont. But as other VHF stations took to the air in Phoenix, CBS, NBC and ABC took their business to them, leaving KPHO-TV with the soon-to-expire DuMont Network by February 1955. When DuMont did go down in August 1956, Channel 5 became an independent that run movies, cartoons, off-network series and its own newscasts. Ultimately, KPHO-TV did return to CBS in September 1994 when the former CBS station, KZAZ-TV/10, went to the Fox Network. Since 1952 KPHO-TV has been owned and operated by the Meredith Corporation, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

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