WKDH-TV-DT Channel 45, Houston/Tupelo, Mississippi
Sign-Off and SSB recorded 17 January 2010

Page modified Thursday, 2 July 2020

The sign-off clip featured above is a rarity here at TV-signoffs.com, for it's one from a starion that has since passed into broadcasting eternity. WKDH-TV commenced operations 0n 18 June 2001 and was an ABC-TV affiliate from the get-go. Though owned by Southern Broadcasting, WKDH was operated by the Spain family, owners of nearby NBC affiliate WTVA Channel 9, via a local marketing agreement (LMA). During its 12-year existence, Channel 45 served mainly as a "pass-thru" fpr ABC programming and offered very little that was locally produced. When the Spain family decided not to continue operating the station, WKDH went dark at 11:59 PM local time on 31 August 2012. After an attempt to sell the station fell through when the prospective buyer backed out of the deal, Southern Broadcasting returned WKDH's license to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on 31 January 2013, which deleted it a week afterwards. Currently the Tupelo/Columbus market receives ABC programming via WTVA Digital 9.2.

The video kicks off with a WKDH station ID bumper. The sign-off announcement follows, in which the text of it crawls at the bottom of the screen (perhaps for the benefit of TV station sign-off devotees who are hearing-impaired?). Next is an SSB video with a computer-animated image of the U.S. Flag with still images of Americana displayed in the middle of it. Whether or not WKDH itself produced this SSB video is not known. The final one-and-a-half minutes of the clip features WKDH's Storm Track Doppler weather radar and current conditions for northern Mississippi.

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