WTVJ Channel 4 (now Channel 6), Miami FL
Sign-Off and SSB recorded 12 November 1980

Page modified Thursday, 27 August 2020

At the time this clip was recorded, Miami's current channel 6, an NBC Television Network owned-and-operated station, was telecasting on VHF Channel 4 and was a CBS-TV network affiliate. It begins with a PSA spot for the American Red Cross. Then it's a Channel 4 promo for its upcoming weekend Late Show flicks, both of which features rats. After a PSA for Big Brothers/Big Sisters comes the closing seconds of The CBS Late Movie, which is followed by a CBS promo for an airing of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky on the following evening. The WTVJ sign-off is next up, which in essence says "we're done, join us tomorrow, our National Anthem": no technical stats or ownership info is mentioned. The SSB film featured is the "Moog SSB" seen in various other sign-off clips here on this site.

WTVJ was Florida's first TV station, commencing telecasting in March 1949 as a primary affiliate of CBS (it also carried programs of ABC, NBC and DuMont for several years until competing stations in Miami were started). NBC acquired WTVJ in September 1987, after CBS failed in its attempt to buy it for itself. However, because of the station's contract with CBS, it wasn't unitl New Year's Day 1989 when WTVJ started airing NBC programming full-time. 1n 1995, WTVJ and CBS O&O WCIX swapped channel positions, along with transmitters and licenses, resulting in WTVJ telecasting on Channel 6 and WCIX on Channel 4.

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