University of North Carolina Television
Sign-Off recorded Summer 1999

Page modified Wednesday, 10 June 2020

This sign-off of UNC-TV was recorded during one of the Webmaster's many vacations to Topsail Island, NC. It was received via cable from WUNJ-TV Channel 39, Wilmington (Unfortunately, due to issues with the cable TV at the motel, the video is grainy). First up is a promotional clip inviting people to support the UNC-TV network. The sign-off announcement follows, displaying a list of, at the time, the eleven stations of the network as well as the twenty-three translator stations located in the North Carolina mountains. The video also features views of Asheville's Biltmore House and the Old Guilford Mill located north of Greensboro (about 20 minutes away from the Webmaster's residence). The color bars follow, which features a stereo audio test (left, right, left, tone).

The UNC-TV network now consists of twelve stations, the newest being WUNW-TV 27 in Canton, which was launched in July 2010, replacing the translator that operated there. On 8 September 2008, Wilmington NC became the first TV market in the U.S. to end analog TV transmissions and go completely to digital. All five commercial stations in Wilmington did just that, with the aforementioned WUNJ-TV 39 being the only holdout. It made the switch along with the rest of the UNC-TV network on 12 June 2009. Sadly, UNC-TV just simply shut off its analog transmitters at midnight without any ceremony or sign-off announcement of any kind.

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