Page Updated Monday, 23 May 2016
This site is devoted to the memory of a bygone era in American broadcasting when all TV stations' programming ended at the conclusion of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show or The Late Movie. This site featues authentic recordings (and a few re-creations) of U.S. television stations ending their broadcast day with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner (SSB), America The Beautiful (ATB) or some other patriotic piece before cutting the juice or going to a test pattern. With very few exceptions, all U.S. TV stations now operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, filling their overnight schedules with infomercials, home shopping fare, all-night network news, movies and daytime talk-show reruns.
To view the streaming video clips on this site, you will need at least a basic Broadband Internet connection (DSL/cable/WiFi), unless you are among those few remaining dial-up user possesing an extraordinary amount of patience.
Thank you all very much for viewing the site. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
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your assurance of high television standards in the public interest.
NOTE: The video files featured on this website are taken from the Webmaster's VHS home recordings of over-the-air and cable video captures, clips contributed by others and downloads from YouTube and similar sites. The quality varies from clip to clip, due to TV reception and recording issues. None of the clips that are featured here have been authorized by the various television stations, networks or any other entity.
Graphics, design and all descriptions copyright 2016 by J. Alan Wall. All rights reserved.
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