KXAS-TV Channel 5, Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas
Sign-Off and Audio SSB recorded circa 1978

Page updated and modified Sunday, 9 August 2020

The first minute and a half of the clip is the concluding moments of the sign-off inspirational program Day To Day (the sign-on sermonette was called The Better Way). The National Anthem follows this, but there's no film of patriotic imagery or military exploits accompanying it - a static KXAS-TV station logo graphic is the only thing seen. The slide utilizes the red-and-blue "N" that was NBC-TV's logo used from New Year's Day 1976 up to about 1980. Then comes a brief sign-off announcement, which is followed by a graphic identifying KXAS-TV's studio-to-transmitter microwave link as KNO-70.

KXAX-TV 5 is the first and oldest TV station in the state of Texas, signing on initially in September 1948 as WBAP-TV, the TV sibling of one of the first radio stations in Texas (WBAP-AM 820). It was via a Channel 5 mobile unit that America witnessed live the slaying of Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assasin of President John F. Kennedy, by Jack Ruby on 24 November 1963, two days after the assasination of the President. Channel 5 became KXAS-TV in 1974 when it was purchased by the LIN TV Corporation. From day one, Channel 5 has been affiliated with the NBC network, and since 1998 has been owned and operated by NBC.

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