|WNCT-TV Channel 9, Greenville NC
Sign-Off and Sign-on recorded
Saturday, 4 April 1998
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Sign-off of eastern North Carolina's CBS affiliate recorded off the cable while vacationing at Topsail Island NC. The clip commences with a portion of the encore of the Eyewitness News 11:00 newscast featuring a story about the Pepsi-Cola Centennial celebration at New Bern, N.C., the birthplace of Pepsi, followed by brief sports and weather bits at the end of the newscast. Normally, WNCT would have signed off at the end of the newscast, but eastern North Carolina was being rocked by severe thunderstorms that particular Friday night late. WNCT decided to put on a movie with occasional breaks for weather information (the Webmaster remembers not the name of the flick). Around 4:00 AM, when the movie ended, WNCT finally signed off. A minute or so of color bars precedes the sign-on announcement, which aired at 7:00 AM. When the Webmaster returned to Surf City in the fall of 1998, WNCT-TV had ceased their weekend sign-offs and joined the 24-7-365 crowd.
WNCT-TV is eastern North Carolina;s oldest operating TV station, commencing operations just a few days before Christmas in 1953. It has been with the CBS network ever since then. WNCT is also eastern NC's outlet for The CW network on digital channel 9.2.
On that same Friday night this clip was recorded, the Webmaster also captured the sign-off of another historic eastern NC TV station, Wilmington's WECT Channel 6.
RELATED VIDEO: WNCT-TV Channel 9 Sign-off from June 1993
Page edited Sunday, 1 April 2018
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