WVFT-TV 27 (now WFXR), Roanoke, Virginia
Sign-Off and SSB recorded Autumn 1988

Page updated and modified Monday, 24 August 2020

Slickly-made computer-generated animated sign-off (unfortunately, the first few seconds of it is missing). The SSB Iwo Jima Memorial film was produced by the U.S. Marine Corps, for it has the address and phone number of the Roanoke recruiting office posted at the end.

Before the present-day Channel 27's made its premiere in March 1986, there were two previous incarnations of it in Roanoke. The first was WROV-TV, which was on the air for a mere six months from February to July of 1953. It was the first of many UHF-TV stations to go dark in the 1950s. The second was WRFT, a secondary affiliate of the ABC network, which ran from 1966 to 1974. WVFT was launched as a Christian-oriented station, but by 1987 had morphed into a typical entertainment indie; movies, cartoons, off-network reruns, etc. In 1991, financially ailing WVFT became a satellite of Lynchburg's Fox affiliate WJPR (now WWCW) to become "Fox 21/27". In September of that year, both WVFT and WJPR were acquired by the Grant Broadcasting System. As a result, WVFT became WFXR and assumed the role of the main station with WJPR acting as the satellite. In December 2014 Nexstar Media Group purchased the Grant stations, including Channel 27 and what is now WWCW/21. Both stations are still with Nexstar.

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