WPTF-TV Channel 28 (now WRDC-TV),
Durham/Raleigh/Fayetteville, North Carolina
"Sign-On" recorded October 1980

Page modified Saturday, 15 August 2020

Channel 28* was an NBC network affiliate from its initial sign-on in 1968 to 1995, and from then to 2006 was a UPN affilliate (it is now a MyNetworkTV station). This clip is not a "sign-on" in the traditional sense, but an announcement signifying the start of a new broadcast day (apparently it was on 24 hours a day most days at this time). It is sandwiched bewteen program promos for The Carolina Football Show (UNC Tarheels) and The Muppet Show. This clip was contributed by John Pinckney of Pasadena, CA. It was recorded by his grandmother Ethel Garvin at her home in South Carolina.

(*) - The current Channel 28 in the Raleigh/Durham area was issued a new FCC license in 1968, and is not related in any way to the original Channel 28, WNAO-TV, which operated from mid-1953 to December 1957. This was North Carolina's first UHF-TV station and was affiliated at various times with CBS, ABC, and the old DuMont Network. It was owned by The News and Observer newspaper, hence the call letters.

RELATED CLIP: WPTF-TV 28 Sign-off recorded circa 1988 or 1989

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