KUHT Channel 8, Houston, Texas
Sign-Off recorded 5 March 1985

Page modified Sunday, 9 August 2020

The station currently branded as Houston PBS has a definite place in the history of television in the United States. KUHT, licensed to the University of Houston, commenced telecasting on 25 May 1953 as the first non-commercial educational TV station in the country. UH still owns and operates the station today, making it one of relatively few U.S. TV stations that came on during TV's Golden Age of the 1950s still in the hands of its original licensee.

The video commences a few seconds into an invitation for KUHT viewers to tune into Houston Public Radio station KUHF. Immediately following is the sign-off itself, consisting of a still Houston Public Television graphic and voice-over with musical accompaniment. Then it's an America The Beautiful (ATB) film, featuring views of various U.S. landmarks, ending with shots of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington DC. A few seconds of color bars is seen before the juice to the station's transmitter is shut off. Presumably, this recording was made from the local cable system, for once the station's carrier is cut, an on-screen message pops up, saying "This Channel Is Off The Air".

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