WXYZ-TV Channel 7, Detroit, Michigan
Action News, Sign-Off and SSB
recorded Monday, 7 April 1980

Page modified Friday, 28 August 2020

It's early Easter Monday morning in 1980, and Detroit's long-time ABC-TV affliliate is nearing the end of its telecast day. ABC itself put WXYZ-TV on the air away back in 1948 (hear bonus audio clip below) and was one of the five original ABC O&O stations (all on Channel 7). In 1986 ABC sold WXYZ-TV to the E.W. Scripps Company, the founder and licensee of another long-time ABC affiliate WEWS-TV 5. WXYZ-TV is still affiliated with ABC, but almost became an affiliate of the CBS-TV network at one point during the mid-1990s.

The video commences with the Channel 7 Action News Sign-Off Edition, the lead stories pertaining to the continuing U.S. hostage crisis in Iran. After a few commercials comes the sports and weather. After more commercials and WXYZ-TV program promos comes a PSA produded by Religion In American Life and the Ad Council sponsored by The Interfaith Broadcasting Commission of Greater Detroit. The sign-off announcement follows, a static "Circle 7" logo with the call letters inside the circle, exactly the one employed by the other ABC O&O's at the time (see the 1978 sign-off for KABC-TV). The SSB film is one of many produced by the U.S. Air Force, this one employs the split-screen method of showing two moving images at once with the U.S. flag sitting stationary in the middle of the screen throughout.

WXYZ-TV Inaugural Sign-On from 9 October 1948

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