KYUK-TV Channel 4 (now KYUK-LD Channel 15), Bethel, Alaska
Sign-off & SSB recorded circa mid-1970s

Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020

Among the oldest sign-off videos on is this one from the PBS member station in southwestern Alaska which serves the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area. It commences with the closing credits of the PBS public affairs program Firing Line, created and hosted by the late William F. Buckley. Immediately following is a KYUK-TV station ID and sign-off announcement, which is rather casually delivered by an off-screen announcer. The beast that appears on-screen is what's called a muskox, which somewhat resembles the American buffalo in appearance. The video concludes with a United States Navy SSB film.

Bethel Broadcasting, Inc., a non-profit corporation, founded KYUK-TV in 1972, the year after Bethel's AM radio station KYUK 640 began operations. KYUK-TV operated as a full-power station on VHF channel 4 until around 2004, when Bethel converted it to a low power TV station (LPTV) utilizing UHF channel 15, which it still does today. Along with PBS programming, KYUK-LD carries material from Alaska Public Media, which operates KAKM Channel 7 in Anchorage.

The video appears here via the YouTube channel An Inventory of Effects, who states it was found tucked away at the end of a master tape on the American Archive for Public Broadcasting that eventually turns from an undated KYUK program tape to this off-air recording.

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