WUSA-TV Channel 9, Washington, D.C.
Sign-Off and Flag Evolution SSB recorded circa 1986

Page updated and modified Tuesday, 25 August 2020

The CBS affiliate station for the Nation's Capital began life as WOIC-TV in January 1949. The following year CBS joined up with The Washington Post newspaper to purchase the station and changed the call letters to WTOP-TV after the Post's radio station of those calls (now WFED AM 1500). The Post bought out CBS's shares in the station in 1954. In 1978, Post-Newsweek swapped Channel 9 for WWJ-TV 4 (now WDIV) in Detroit, owned by the Evening News Association, publishers of the Detroit News. The ENA changes Channel 9's call letters to WDVM-TV. Eight years later, in 1986, the ENA is purchased by the Gannett Company, publishers of USA Today, and on Independence Day that year the call letters were changed to WUSA-TV in honor of the newspaper published by Channel 9's new owners. WUSA is currently owned by Tegna, Inc., the former broadcast and digital media division of Gannett, and effectively serves as the flagship television property of the company

Unfortunately, this recording is incomplete, beginning half-way through the sign-off announcement. The "Flag Evolution" SSB is used here, the same as that used in the 1980 WDVM-TV sign-off linked below.

WTOP-TV Channel 9 Sign-off recorded Summer 1964 (re-creation)
WDVM-TV Channel 9 Sign-off recorded December 1980 (with Meditation film)

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