WRAL-TV Channel 5, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sign-Off and Flag Evolution SSB
recorded Summer 1989

Page modified Monday, 17 August 2020

Sign-off of the Triangle area's current NBC network affiliate since February 2016 the result of WRAL-TV ending a 30-year relationship with the CBS network over disagreements concerning a renewal of its affiliation contract. WRAL was previously the NBC-TV station for the Raleigh/Durham market from when it first signed on in December 1956 until August 1962 when it became a full-time ABC affiliate. When the owners of WTVD Channel 11 in Durham, Capital Cities Communications bought the ABC network outright in 1985, Channel 5 got the CBS affiliation which had belonged to WTVD as a result.

The sign-off announcement is rendered by longtime WRAL announcer and weatherman Bob DeBardelaben, who would retire the year this clip was recorded (he died in 2014 at the age of 88). After that, we have the wonderful "Flag Evolution" National Anthem film, which is chock full of historic images of United States history, spanning from the earliest white European settlers to the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon in 1969. This SSB film is the personal favorite of the Webmaster of TV-Sign-offs.com. To end the clip, there's a few seconds of color bars and tone.

WRAL-TV Channel 5 Sign-off and Sign-on recorded Autumn 1988
WRAL-TV Channel 5 Sign-off recorded June 1993
WRAL-TV Channel 5 Final Analog Sign-off recorded 12 June 2009

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