KPOL-TV Channel 40 (now KHRR),Tucson, Arizona
Sign-Off and Music Video recorded circa 1985

Page modified Tuesday, 30 June 2020

KPOL-TV was one of two independent UHF-TV stations that operated in Tucson, AZ in the 1980s. Channel 40 was the first of the two to go on the air, in January 1985. The second, KDTU Channel 18 (now KTTU-TV), signed on in November 1985. Tucson was not quite large enough to support two indie UHF stations, as KDTU got most of the business and the viewers. This forced KPOL-TV into bankruptcy and it ceased telecasting in October 1989. In 1991, Tucson businessman Jay Zucker purchased KPOL-TV's license out of bankruptcy and reacitvated Channel 40 in July 1992 as KHRR, an affiliate of the Hispanic network Telemundo, which it remains today.

This KPOL-TV sign-off is more of a music video, as the sign-off announcement is a mere ten seconds long. The video is chock full of the sights and happenings of downtown Tucson and the nearby deserts and mountains. Toward the end are several shots of the historic Spanish Catholic Mission Xavier del Bac church building, erected in the late 1700s. There's even scenes of a Western film of some kind in production. The instrumental music heard at the start is "We've Only Just Begun", one of numerous hit tunes in the 1970s performed by the brother-and-sister duet of Richard and Karen Carpenter.

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