WGN-TV Channel 9, Chicago, Illinois
Sermonette, Sign-Off and SSB
recorded sometime in 1978

Page modified Saturday, 3 January 2021

A rare Chicagoland sign-off clip unearthed by the fine folks over at FuzzyMemories.tv. The Webmaster discovered this during his recent hiatus. The video commences with WGN-TV's sermonette segment Five Minutes To Live By, joined in progress. It's delivered by Father John M. Fusco of St. Veronica's Church in Chicago. Next up is the sign-off itself, voiced by George Bauer, which features a mid-to-late 1970s variation of the NAB's Seal of Good Practice dated 1978. Following this is the National Anthem, played by an unidentified band in front of the WGN Continental Broadcast Center. In this SSB film, the flag is being lowered and removed from the pole, as opposed to being raised in the version used in the 1982 WGN-TV sign-on, linked below (most likely, the two films were shot the very same day). There is thirty seconds of color bars before the transmitter is cut off.

WEBMASTER'S NOTES: This clip appears here courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, a.k.a. FuzzyMemories.tv. FuzzyMemories is a site devoted to the study, acquisition, preservation, exhibition and nostalgic enjoyment of Chicagoland television. This clip also replaces the Webmaster's "re-creation" of a 1978 WGN-TV sign-off that appeared previously on TV-signoffs.com.

WGN-TV 9 Newsbreak, Sermonette, Sign-off and SSB New Year's Day 1979
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on from 1980 (SSB missing)
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on from 24 April 1982 (with promos, sermonette, etc.)
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on with SSB from 1988
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on with SSB from 1994

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