|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.
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