WXII-TV Channel 12
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sign-Off from 25 November 1979 (Re-creation)

Page updated and modified Friday, 28 August 2020

This is an attempt by the Webmaster at re-creating the late 1970s-era sign-off of the Piedmont Triad's long-time NBC-TV affiliate station. The audio is authentic, recorded on 25 November 1979. The quality of the audio is lacking, however, due to using a portable cassette recorder placed near the speaker of a portable TV to record it. The NAB Seal of Good Practice and the WXII 12 logo were taken from pre-exsisting sources. Since the Webmaster does not remember what exact colors and type fonts were used in the original WXII-TV slides, the ones presented here are probably not accurate.

The year this re-creation was done (2013), WXII-TV 12 celebrated sixty years on the air. It commenced telecasting in September 1953 as WSJS-TV, the video sibling of Winston-Salem's historic AM radio station of the same call letters. Channel 12 was originally owned by the Winston-Salem Journal newspaper (the licensee of WSJS AM 600) with silent film legend Mary Pickford and her husband Charles "Buddy" Rogers owning a small percentage. In 1972, the Journal sold off its broadcasting properties, which resulted in Channel 12 becoming WXII-TV. Since 1998 WXII 12 has been owned-and-operated by Hearst Television.

WXII-TV Channel 12 Sign-off recorded circa 1981 voiced by Dave Plyler
WXII-TV Channel 12 Sign-off recorded circa 1985 with Moog SSB

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