WLBZ Channel 2, Bangor, Maine
Sign-off, SSB and O Canada recorded circa 1990

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This sign-off of central Maine's NBC station is of the standard variety, just a static graphic with voice-over announcement. Most unusual is the absence of the station's logo in the picture, which only displays a night view of the WLBZ studio building with a huge satellite dish at the far left. The combined U.S. and Canadian nation anthem video was presumably produced by WLBZ itself, featuring scenes of nature with the anthems played on a synthesizer.

Bangor's Channel 2 began telecasting in September 1954 as WTWO, an independent station locally owned by Murray Carpenter. The following year it picked up an affiliation with the CBS network. In 1958 the Maine Broadcasting System, then owners of Bangor's WLBZ Radio AM 620 (now WZON) and Portland's WCSH-TV/5, bought WTWO and changed the calls to match those of the radio station. One year later, WLBZ-TV swapped networks with WABI-TV/6 to become an NBC station just like its sister WCSH-TV. Both WBLZ-TV and WCSH were taken over by the Gannett Company in 1998. Since 2000 WLBZ has been operating as a semi-satellite of WCHS (both stations are now owned by Tegna, Inc., the former Gannett broadcast division).

In the 1970s, WLBZ-TV added repeater station W57AQ on channel 57 in Calais, near the Canadian border, hence the NAs for both the U.S. and Canada. W57AQ was taken off the air in 2010. The Channel 4 translator mentioned in the sign-off still operates today as WGCI-LD in Skowhegan, Maine.

RELATED AUDIO: WLBZ-TV Channel 2 Sign-off recorded Summer 1964

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