KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento sign-off 1986





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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2006

KCRA was on the air 24 hours a day, with a straight feed of the CNN Headline News channel filling out the later hours, except for Sunday nights when they'd sign off with this at 12:30 AM. By 1987 they finally put in Headline News Sunday nights as well and were full 24-hours.

This includes one of two versions I've seen of the "High Flight" poem with Air Force footage, followed by "Bluebird Of Happiness" which might have looked a lot nicer if the film they used wasn't so grainy and dirty.

The tape this was recorded on ran out right at the end of the sign-off, so you don't get to see what happened afterwards- most of the time the screen would go white, with the station logo at the bottom and the signal would stay on with silence til sign-on time. Since 2000 KCRA has stuck its logo on the screen during all non-NBC programming, so essentially they are just a big test pattern now, at least til June '09 when the analog station finally goes off the air.

This is recorded from a stereo broadcast; it was common at the time for stations to run all mono material through a fake stereo processor, often with annoying results.
**UPDATE! It seems that YouTube is now playing this clip in STEREO, at least if you have your preferences set to default to High Quality! If you have the ability to play just the left and the right channels separately, switch back and forth and try to hear how the station's "stereo processor" worked!

I've got another recording of this which does include the final fade-out and a few seconds of the white screen that ran the rest of the night, I'll try to get that up soon.


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