WLKY NewsChannel 32, Louisville, Kentucky
Sign-off & Weather Radar recorded circa 2001

Page created Sunday, 5 July 2020

As the United States entered the 21st century, it was seeing fewer and fewer of its TV stations signing off at least one night every week, especially in the larger cities. In Louisville, Kentucky's big metropolis, its CBS network station was still doing this; a few years later it would join the 24/7/365 bunch. The video kicks off with a commercial for H & S Pools and Patio. The station's sign-off comes next, and its an elaboratee one, at that. The video comprises of various goings-on at night in Louisville, including a great fireworks exibition. There's also footage of Louisville's city hall and NewsChannel 32's studio complex with its helicopter landing on its pad placed in front of it. It's a shame that WLKY didn't have an SSB or any patriotic video following this sign-off, The clip is wrapped up with two minutes of weather radar, revealing a quiet night weather-wise in the WLKY service area.

NewsChannel 32 saw the light of day in mid-September 1961 as Louisville's first full-time affiliate of the ABC Network. WLKY's founders were Kentuckiana Television, a group of local investors headed by aluminum magnate Archibald Cochran. Ultimately, Channel 32 would wind up in the hands of numerous large group-station owners such as Combined Communications (1973-1979), Gannett (1979-1983) and Pulitzer Publishing (1983-1998). WLKY's current licensee, Hearst Television, acquired all of Pulitzer's stations, including WLKY, in 1998. WLKY has been with CBS since September 1990 when they swapped network affiliations with WHAS-TV Channel 11.

RELATED VIDEO: WLKY-TV Channel 32 Sign-off and ATB video recorded circa 1987 - featuring a Channel 32 news plug featuring celebrity impersonator Rich Little

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