|WCMH-TV Channel 4, Columbus, Ohio|
Sign-Off from circa mid-1980s
Page updated and modified Saturday, 13 June 2020
This mid-1980s sign-off of Columbus' long-time NBC-TV network affiliate is one of those that features the "behind-the-scenes" goings-on at the station that the viewer doesn't see, and it's one of the greatest of this type. The clip commences with a very tight close-up of a bearded announcer with mouth at the microphone. The video montage that follows consists of some aerial video of the skyline of downtown Columbus combined with some cool electronically-generated "neon" effects. Among the scenes at the station are the preparation of an old-stlye weather map and "cut-and-paste" on-screen graphics for newscasts, which would be replaced in a few years by graphics that are totally generated by computer.
WCMH-TV is Columbus' first and oldest TV station, put on the air in April 1949 as WLWC Channel 3, owned by the Cincinnati-based Crosley Broadcasting Corporation (it switched to Channel 4 in 1952). Crosley/Avco sold WLWC to the Rhode Islend-based Outlet Company in 1976, who changed the call letters to WCMH-TV. NBC itself owned Channel 4 from 1996 to 2006, when it was sold to Media General. Media General itself was purchased by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, WCMH's current owners, in January 2017 for $4.6 billion USD.
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