WPCQ-TV 36 (now WCNC), Charlotte, North Carolina
Sign-Off and SSB recorded Autumn 1988

Page modified Saturday, 15 August 2020

Sign-off clip from Charlotte's current NBC affilliate. From its launch in 1968 up to 1978, Channel 36 was Charlotte's first independent UHF station, most of those years operating as WRET-TV, named for Ted Turner of TBS and CNN fame, who owned the station in the 1970s. The Webmaster has fond memories of watching the old Popeye and Looney Tunes cartoons WRET-TV aired on weekday afternoons, whenever he could pick the station up sufficently. Turner would sell the station to Westinghouse "Group W" in 1980 to help fund the start of the Cable News Network (CNN). Channel 36 would undergo several changes in ownership during the 1980s. At the time of this recording, Channel 36 was operating at a power output of 2,100,000 watts. The clip features a tour of the Channel 36 facilities, then is followed by the National Anthem and color bars.

WPCQ-TV Channel 36 Sign-off recorded Summer 1989

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