WOWT Channel 6, Omaha, Nebraska
Final Analog Sign-off - Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Page modified Monday, 10 August 2020

Omaha's station of the NBC Television Network ended the era of analog TV with this brief piece, running a little over one minute in length. it begins with film footage of the station's transmitter being turned on for Channel 6's premiere on 29 August 1949. Following that it goes to a brief America The Beautiful video with a voice-over announcer inviting the viewers to join WOWT as it goes to digital (sadly, ATB is abruptly cut short as the chorus begins), and concludes with the WOWT-DT ID graphic.

WOWT is the first and oldest TV station in the state of Nebraska. Its call letters were originally WOW-TV, after those of Nebraska's pioneer AM radio station WOW (now KXSP 590), which put Channel 6 on the air in 1949 (the current calls were adopted in 1975 after a change in station ownership). Channel 6 gave legendary Tonight Show host Johnny Carson his first job in television as a meterorologist and host of a daily local program called The Squirrel's Nest.

RELATED VIDEO: WOWT Channel 6 Sign-off from 3 March 1978

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