|WTNH Channel 8, New Haven/Hartford, Connecticut|
Sign-Off recorded circa 1984
Page updated and modified Thursday, 27 August 2020
New Haven's ABC network affiliate calls it a night. It begins with a quick program bumper for Connecticut High School Bowl. (how many years has passed since local stations last did programming like this?). The sign-off is a montage of still photos of various flowers and other nature scenes, followed by color bars. There is no SSB film or any patriotic or religious piece, however.
WTNH signed on as Connecticut's first TV station in June 1948 under the calls WNHC-TV on Channel 6. It was a primary affiliate of the old DuMont Television Network from 1948 to 1956, but also carried programming from CBS, NBC and ABC (it went to ABC full-time in 1956 after DuMont folded). A change in channel allocations to alleviate interference between stations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) caused WNHC-TV to change its frequency to Channel 8 in 1953. From 1956 to 1971 Channel 8 was owned by Triangle Publications, publisher of TV Guide magazine from 1953 to 1988. Capital Cities Communications changed the station's calls to WTNH when they acquired Channel 8 from Triangle in 1971. Since January 2017, WTNH has been owned by its current licensee, Nexstar Media Group.
RELATED AUDIO CLIP: WNHC-TV Channel 8 Sign-off from Summer 1964 (incomplete)
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