WTAF-TV Channel 29 (now WTXF)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flag Evolution SSB and Sign-Off recorded circa 1986

Page modified Thursday, 27 August 2020

Sign-off of Philly's current Fox affiliate, recorded during its final year as an independent (it would join Fox as one of its charter affiliates later in 1986). The clip commences with the great "Flag Evolution" SSB film, featuring vintage images of U.S. History, followed by video of the Philly skyline at night with voice-over announcement and ends with a brief station ID sequence. The "TAF" in the call sign reflected Channel 29's owner at the time, Taft Broadcasting, which would sell the station to the TVX Broadcast Group in February 1987, who changed the call sign to WTXF. The Fox network itself would purchase WTXF in August 1995, the year that saw major changes to local TV in Philadelphia as well as in numerous markets across the United States.

An interesting bit of Fox 29's history: the station was first put on the air as WIBF-TV in May 1965 by the Fox Brothers, William, Irving and Benjamin, who owned WIBF-FM Radio 103.9 (now WPPZ). They were of no relation whatsoever to the media comglomerate that bears the Fox name. After several years of financial struggle, the Fox family sold the station to Taft in 1969.

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