WDAF-TV Channel 4, Kansas City, Missouri
Sign-off and Local SSB recorded circa 1990

Page created Sunday, 11 July 2021

Another days of television has ended for Kansas City's then-NBC station four years before beginning its current affiliation with the Fox network. The sign-off contains references to the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, and, a la WKRC-TV 12 in Cincinnati's sign-off, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The SSB video is as local as you can get as the National Znthem is performed by the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.

The Kansas City Star Company, founders and then owners of WDAF Radio 610 AM (now KCSP), launched WDAF-TV on 16 October 1949 with a 30 minute documentary appropriately entitled The Birth of a TV Station. Channel 4 was a primary NBC affiliate that also carried programming cherry-picked from the other three networks, for it was K.C.'s only TV station until 1953 when competing stations first came on the air. At that point WDAF-TV went full-time with NBC. The Star exited broadcasting by selling the WDAF stations in May 1958, thereby beginning a series of ownership changes for Channel 4 brought about by mergers which culminated in the takeover of the station by New World Communications in 1994 and WDAF-TV's switch to the Fox network. Fox itself purchased all of the New World stations in 1997, making Channel 4 a Fox O&O. It would remain such until July 2008 when WDAF-TV was sold to Local TV. Tribune Broadcasting acquired the Local TV stations in December 2013. Nexstar Media Group, Channel 4's current licensee, took over Tribune in September 2019 after Sinclair Broadcast Group failed in its attempt to buy out Tribune.

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