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Signing Off Prior to the Homogenization of Local News

Posted By Old Virginia Blog
Date Friday, 9 November 2018, at 5:30 p.m.
Many folks my age will remember that a lot of radio and TV stations did not broadcast 24 hours a day back in the 1960's, '70's and even into the '80's. Also, the majority of stations in local markets often reflected the culture/personality of their communities, rather than the bland corporate homogenization we see today. All of the local TV stations in my area (the Shenandoah Valley) would sign off with the Star-Spangled Banner and video of the U.S. Flag flapping in the breeze. Several of the local radio stations in our area signed off with the playing of Dixie. If you stayed up late enough to watch/listen (as I often did in my youth), these are the kinds of sign offs that were common in those days:

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