WUSA Sign-On 1988

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If you’re younger than about 25, you probably don’t know this, but not all television stations were 24 hours a day. Back in 1988, WUSA was one of those stations, and every morning when they would being broadcasting, this is what played to kick off the day.

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If you don’t remember television sign-ons and sign-offs, here is an explanation from Wikipedia.

Sign-ons, like sign-offs, vary from country to country, from station to station, and from time to time, however most follow a similar general pattern. Many stations follow the reverse process to their sign-off sequence at the close of the day. It is common for sign-ons to be followed by a network’s early morning newscast, or their morning or breakfast show.

While both sign-ons and sign-offs have become less common with the increasing prevalence of twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week broadcasting, they are still conducted by a number of stations around the world. For broadcasters that do still close for a period each day, this station close is most often during the early hours of the morning, with the daily sign-on typically occurring between 5:00 am and 7:00 am. However, in some countries with more limited broadcast coverage, such as North Korea, sign-on may be as late as 5:00 pm. A particular type of AM radio station known as daytimers usually only operate during daytime hours, and will therefore run a sign-on sequence each day.

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There was a sign-off for WUSA too. You can check that out on YouTube.

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