WPBA Channel 30, Atlanta GA
Sign-off & ATB recorded circa 1988

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Atlanta's PBS member Channel 30, known today as ATL PBA, first signed on in February 1958 as WETV, the state of Georgia's first educational television facility. Its licensee was the Georgia Public School System, which still operates Channel 30 today. Channel 30 came on two years before its local ETV competitor WGTV Channel 8 (licensed to Athens), today's flagship of the Georgia Public Broadcasting TV network. Up until 1972, Channel 30 was on the air only on weekdays during the school year with instructional programs for classroom use, and the prime-time hours on weeknights year-round airing shows from National Educational Television (NET), the forerunner of PBS. In May 1984 the callsign for Channel 30 was changed to WPBA, the PBA standing for "Public Broadcasting Atlanta".

For those of you interested in TV station trivia, the WETV callsign was originally the first of three belonging to a defunct UHF Channel 47 in Macon GA that had three licensees in two years (1953-55). WETV is currently the call letters of a low-power TV station in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The sign-off announcement makes mention of the Georgia Public School Sysem's radio station, WABE FM 90.1. The extra-long America the Beautiful film features a montage of nature scenes with views of the American bald eagle in flight scattered throughout. There is five seconds of WPBA's color bars before the signal is shut off for the night.

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