KSTW Channel 11, Tacoma/Seattle, Washington
Final Analog Sign-off and Digital Sign-on
Friday, 12 June 2009

Page modified Friday, 3 July 2020

Seattle's home of The CW network ceased 56 years of analog transmissions at noon local time after that day's episode of Family Court. The announcement of the switch is one minute in length and gives station info on ownership and transmitter location, as well as instruction to its analog viewers on what they'll need to do to receive KSTW's digital signal. After a brief "Please Stand By" graphic comes color bars, which lasts for twenty seconds. Afterwards come a standard sign-on announcement utilizing a very slick video montage, followed by the start of The People's Court. Since there's no signal glitch of any kind during the color bars, this was probably recorded via cable or satellite reception.

KSTW commenced telecasting in March 1953 as KTNT-TV, the video sister of KTNT Radio AM 1400, now KITZ. Both were owned by the Tacoma News Tribune newspaper, hence the "T-N-T" in the call letters. Channel 11 was the original CBS-TV network affiliate in the Tacoma/Seattle market, but ultimately lost it to KIRO-TV Channel 7, the current CBS station, except during 1995 to 1997 when KSTW picked up the CBS affiliation when Channel 7 switched to the UPN network. The KSTW calls , standing for King County-Seattle-Tacoma-Washington.were adopted in 1974 when the News Tribune sold off its broadcasting interests.

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