|WTKR NewsChannel 3, Norfolk, Virginia|
Sign-Off, SSB and Sign-On recorded in 2006
Page updated and modified Thursday, 27 August 2020
The CBS network station of the Norfolk/Hamption Roads area was one of a few stations in the first decade of the 21st century that still signed off for a little time on the weekends, though it aired their Weather Radar during the off-period (it now runs paid programming). The sign-off and sign-on is essentially the same video with only slight changes in the visuals and the aural announcement. The ever-popular "Aim High" SSB from the U.S. Air Force follows the sign-off. The 2010 WTKR sign-off/on, linked below, is similar to this version here, except it is 16:9 widescreen and features a new SSB video.
WTKR became Virginia's second television facility (behind WTVR/6 in Richmond) when it debuted as WTAR-TV on the 2nd of April 1950 on Channel 4. Its founder was Norfolk Newspapers, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, along with WTAR radio (AM 790, now on 850) and WTAR-FM. The station was relocated to channel 3 in 1952 in order to avoid interference with NBC's WNBW (now WRC-TV) in Washington, D.C.. Originally a NBC primary affiliate, WTAR-TV switched to CBS in 1953 when NBC moved to WVEC-TV, then on Channel 15. In 1981, Landmark Communications, the former Norfolk Newspapers, sold Channel 3 to Knight-Ridder and its calls became WTKR (the TKR meaning Tidewater Knight-Ridder).This was the start of a dizzying series of ownership changes for Channel 3 over the next four decades. Its next new owner was Narragansett Television in 1989, followed by The New York Times Company in 1995. Local TV accquired the NYTC' stations, including WTKR, in 2007. The Chigago-based Tribune Company bought out Local TV's 19 stations in 2013. Nexstar Media Group would take over the Tribune Company in January 2019, then sold WTKR to the E.W. Scripps Company that September. As of this writing (August 2020), Channel 3 is still owned by Scripps.RELATED VIDEO CLIP: WTKR-TV Channel 3 Sign-off and Sign-on from 2010 (widescreen)
AUDIO CLIPS (from when Norfolk's channel 3 was WTAR-TV):
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