WFUM Channel 28 (defunct), Flint, Michigan
Sign-off and Sign-On recorded Summer 1989

Page modified Sunday, 28 March 2021

A twelve-o'clock midnight sign-off of the former TV station of the University of Michigan-Flint. In early 2010 WFUM was acquired by Central Michigan University, which changed the calls to WCMZ. As such it became a member of the CMU Public Television network. In 2017 CMU would sell the station in the FCC's spectrum auction for $14 million. WCMZ-TV signed off for the final time on 23 April 2018 (linked below), and the station's license was cancelled the following day.

The video commences with the final moments of the PBS series Mystery, followed by the PBS ID logo. Immediately after comes the WFUM sign-off announcement, accompanied by somber music and a still photo of a TV transmitting tower. The sign-on portion starts off with two-and-a-half minutes of color bars and tone. Then comes the WFUM sign-on, which features video of downtown Flint as well as business, industrial and recreational goings-on within the city. Following this is the opening minute of the WFUM's What's Up, a community calendar and news program.

Both the sign-off and sign-on makes reference to a line from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which reads, "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." sends a big "thank-you" to Ron Allen of Canton, Michigan for contributing this video as well as the information relating to it.

RELATED VIDEO: WCMZ's final sign-off from 23 April 2018

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