|KPRC-TV Channel 2, Houston, Texas|
News, Sermonette, Sign-off and SSB
recorded Thursday, 23 October 1986
Page modified Tuesday, 30 June 2020
This 25-minute video contains the entire encore telecast of the Channel Two News 10 PM edition, sans commercials (except for one for Channel 2's AM radio sibling, KPRC 950). With Election Day two weeks away, the lead story pertains to the Texas gubernatorial race between Govenor Mark White and his Republican challenger and previous Govenor, Bill Clements (who would win). Later, there's a piece featuring Texas native humorist and radio personality John Henry Faulk (1913-90), who was giving a performance in Houston that week. After the news comes a sermonette delivered by Earl Banning, pastor of the Braeswood Assembly of God church. With the end of that comes the brief KPRC-TV sign-off, mentioning only ownership and studio and transmitter locations. This is followed by a locally-produced SSB video which is different from the one KPRC-TV used four years later (linked below).
Channel 2 was Houston's first television station, launched as KLEE-TV on New Year's Day 1949. The following year, it was acquired by the Hobby family, who owned The Houston Post newspaper, and the callsign was changed to the current KPRC-TV, after the Post's radio stations. The Hobby family sold off their newspaper in 1983 (the Post was ultimately absorbed by The Houston Chronicle in 1995), but retained ownership of Channel 2 until 1994, when it was sold to the Washington Post Company's Post-Newsweek Stations group, now known as Graham Media Group.
BONUS AUDIO CLIP: A few years back the Webmaster ran across a recording of the KPRC Radio 950 sign-off as it aired in the mid-1960s. It features a male chorus singing a beautiful number entitled "The Sound of Houston". Listen to it here!
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