WTAE-TV Channel 4, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Meditations, Sign-off & SSB
recorded 13 August 1984

Page created Sunday, 27 December 2020

The ABC Television Network's affiliate for the Steel City calls it a night, starting with Meditations, Channel 4's sign-off mini-sermon. It is delivered by the Reverend Viril T. Choy (not sure about spelling), and the subject is "Meekness". Coming abruptly afterwards is the WTAE-TV sign-off itself, a fairly standard one with voice-over announcement with three static images. One is for WTAE Radio AM 1250, in which the announcer invites Channel 4's viewers to tune to (1250 is currently WPGP). Following that comes what, in the Webmaster's estimation, was probably the most popular National Anthem film of all time, the U.S. Air Force's "Aim High America" SSB.

Pittsburgh's Channel 4 has been an ABC network station since its premiere sign-on on 14 September 1958. It was launched by Television City, Inc., a 50/50 partnership between the Hearst Corporation, then-owners of WCAE Radio AM 1250 and the former owners of KQV Radio AM 1410, which they had recently sold to ABC. A more in-depth treatment of the background of WTAE-TV's creation can be read on Wikipedia's entry for WTAE. In 1962, Hearst bought out its partners to take full ownership, which it retains to the present day. The first version of WTAE's "Circle 4" logo made its debut in 1973; the incarnation currently seen on Channel 4 has been in use since 1995.

This sign-off is a part of a 27-minute YouTube video that is a collection of commercials that ran during WTAE's airing of the short-lived late-night show Thicke of the Night, starring Alan Thicke.

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