|WLIO Channel 35 (now Ch. 8), Lima, Ohio|
Sign-Off and Sign-On recorded circa 1989
Page updated and modified Thursday, 11 June 2020
Northwestern Ohio's NBC-TV network affiliate began life in April 1953 as WLOK-TV Channel 73. It was one of only five full-power U.S. TV stations ever to broadcast above UHF Channel 69 (one that was among that group is the now-defunct WCDC-TV 19 in Adams MA). The owners of WIMA Radio in Lima purchased WLOK-TV in mid-1955 and, with the blessing of the FCC, moved it to Channel 35 and renamed it WIMA-TV. Channel 35 became WLIO in 1972 as a result of another change in ownership. With the demise of analog TV transmission on 12 June 2009, WLIO shut down its Channel 35 transmitter and began digital telecasting on VHF channel 8, as seen in the station's analog shutdown on the page linked here.
The sign-off featured here takes the viewers on a minature tour of downtown Lima. The sign-on's visuals consist only of a couple of outside views of WLIO's studio building along with scrolling text of the sign-on announcement. The U.S. Air Force's SSB film preceding the sign-on was also used at sign-off, but was not recorded here.
Both the WLIO sign-off and sign-on is from YouTube user capnvid47
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