WETA-TV Channel 26, Washington, D.C.
PBS Promos, Sign-off & SSB recorded circa 1997

Page modified Sunday, 31 May 2020

Though WETA-TV made its telecasting debut on the 2nd of October 1961, its genesis goes back to 1953 with the Greater Washington Educational Television Association (GWETA), founded by Elizabeth Campbell to develop educational programming that was aired on several Washington-area TV stations, most notably WTTG Channel 5. In February 1967, WETA launched the public affairs program Washington Week in Revew, now known simply as Washington Week. It was the stations first entry for national syndication to other ETV stations. In 1970 WETA-TV spawned an non-commercial FM radio station, WETA FM 90.9, resulting in GWETA's changing its name to the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association. Over the years WETA-TV has won at least 500 awards for its productions, including numerous Emmy and Peabody awards. WETA is a partner with Ken Burns, producer of many outstanding PBS documentary, and also where the PBS NewsHour originates.

Like many public TV stations back in the pre-24/7 era, WETA ran a slew of PBS program promos right before it signed off. Among those seen here are for The World of National Geographic, The American Experience, Nova, and Mystery!. It is Judy Grueber (spelling?) who delivers the WETA sign-off announcement. The fantastic U.S. Air Force SSB video, produced in 1985, has a long list of closing credits at the end, the most that the Webmaster has seen so far in an SSB piece. The clip concludes with 50 seconds of color bars and tone.

WETA Channel 26 station sign-off circa 1972
WETA Channel 26 station sign-on circa 1974 (Incomplete)

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