|WJAR Channel 10, Providence, Rhode Island|
Meditation Prayer, Sign-off & SSB
recorded November 1987
Page created Sunday, 31 May 2020
|Providence's NBC 10 was originally
on Channel 11 when it made its debut on 10 July 1949 as
Rhode Island's first television station. It was the video
spawn of WJAR Radio AM 930 (now WHJJ), owned by the
then-iconic Providence retail firm called The Outlet
Company. In Spring 1953 WJAR-TV was forced by the FCC to
relocate to Channel 10 after numerous reports of
interference between it and New York City's
WPIX-TV 11. From its launch WJAR was a primary NBC
network station with at various times secondary
affiliations with CBS, DuMont and ABC until 1963, when
Channel 10 went full-time with NBC. In 1980 The Outlet
Company exited the department store business to
concentrate on broadcasting under the name Outlet
Communications (WJAR AM/FM was sold off that same year).
In 1996 Outlet was merged with NBC, making WJAR an NBC
O&O station. Ten years later, NBC sold Channel 10
along with three other stations to Media General. In
December 2014, after merging with LIN Media (then owner
WPRI-TV 12), Media General sold WJAR to its current
owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.|
The five-minute video commences with Meditation, a devotional prayer delivered (off-screen) by the Rev. Ralph E. Macy of Grace Episcopal Church, Providence. The station sign-off is next, featuring views of the dome of the Rhode Island State Capital building and video of downtown Providence at night. The SSB film is the "split-screen flag" version from the U.S. Air Force, but the audio is that of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir lifted from one of the LDS Church's patriotic films, ending with a final shot of the Capitol Building's dome along with the Channel 10 logo. A minute of pure static rounds out the clip.
AUDIO: A WJAR-TV 10 sign-off recorded Summer 1964
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