|WMDT-TV Channel 47, Salisbury, Maryland|
W27AJ-TV Channel 27, Dover, Delaware
Sign-off & SSB recorded circa 1996
Page created Sunday, 2 August 2020
WMDT initiated telecasting in April 1980 as Salisbury's ABC network station. It also had a secondary affiliation with NBC until 1992, when Channel 47 went full-time with ABC. Salisbury would have to wait twenty-two years before it would get another NBC station, namely WRDE-LD Channel 31. WMDT was among the first TV stations in the nation to cease analog tramsmissions in September 2008, the same month that the three commercial stations in Wilmington, North Carolina (WWAY/3, WECT/6, and WSFX/26) went totally to digital. WMDT is presently owned and operated by Salisbury-based Marquee Broadcasting, Inc., which also O-and-Os WGVD-LD Channel 32 in Salisbury, an affiliate of the Spanish-language Azteca América network.
The sign-off here is fairly standard, a static station ID graphic vith voice-over announcement, but some visual movement can be diacerned in the background. The announcement does contain technical information for both the parent station and its Dover translator (later on, WMDT would operate a low-power digital repeater station in Dover, WEVD-LD Channel 3, for several years). The wonderful SSB video is the same as that used by Washington, D.C.'s PBS member station WETA Channel 26 during this era, but the closing credits are omitted, going immediately to the WMDT/W27AJ color bars.
TV-Signoffs thanks Will Fenwick of the Fenwick's Tape Archive YouTube channel for contributing this video.
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