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May 31, 2015 12:24 pm  #1

Omni 1 signs-off!

This is probably only of interest to the geeks among us who enjoy reliving a bit of TV history.

For the past couple of days, Omni 1 has been off air overnights between midnight and 5:00.  I noticed this late Friday night when going trough my Bell program guide and it said that OMNI 1 was off the air.  I tuned in and, lo and behold, test and tone.

So, last night, I set my PVR for that time period and OMNI 1 did a proper sign-off with technical details (I'm not sure how accurate they are, anymore) complete with national anthem.

They will apparently be doing this again tonight (Sunday) at midnight.  According to my program guide, this won't be happening next weekend.

OMNI 2 does _not_ sign off.  Go figure.



May 31, 2015 12:49 pm  #2

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Ironic in a way, since the old Channel 47, in its CFMT Dan Iannuzzi days, used to be home to the great "All Night Show," with Chuck the Security Guard and his faithful cameraman companion, Ryerson. Which of course meant they never signed off. 

I used to love station sign-offs when I was a kid. Must have been something about being up that late to see them in the first place. Plus, as a DXer with a rotating antenna, it was always interesting to see what might be there once the TX was turned off. What amazes me about these in looking back is how long some of them are. It's almost like they'd have to sign on again in five minutes after the thing is done.

Here are a few classics:

CFTO (voiced by Dave Devall):



TVO: (voiced by John De Lazzer)

CHCH: (I think that's Bill Knapp at the mic)


May 31, 2015 1:55 pm  #3

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Yeah, I was a fan of sign-offs as a kid.  There was just something special about hearing the authoritative voice of Bill Knapp on CHCH doing it that made it, well for a lack of better word, special.

I always found it interesting how the Buffalo stations would all play the Canadian anthem at the end of their broadcast day.

And CFTO was the only station to play "God Save The Queen."  In fact, up until the 90's, they used a version with a very young queen elizabeth that must have done shortly after her coronation.


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May 31, 2015 2:08 pm  #4

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Found one more that was a little different.

WIVB always had a tribute to the flag as par of their sign-off.  It starts about 5:40 into the video.


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May 31, 2015 2:09 pm  #5

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It used to always make me chuckle that for all "City-TV' was Toronto's station, and had Tommy Ambrose all over the place singing about people city, their sign-on music was Neil Diamond's America .


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.

May 31, 2015 6:04 pm  #6

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OMNI 1 being off air overnight has been happening for awhile...  at least the last 3-4 months or so....

CKCO-TV had a sign-off which cross promoted the sister radio stations...CFCA FM 105, and CKKW AM 1090.  

(cue into 2:42 on the progress bar)



May 31, 2015 10:11 pm  #7

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I have to agree. CFMT has been signing off for at least 3-4 weeks now, perhaps longer.
I have no idea why they couldn't fill that time with infomercials or religious whatever.

Last edited by Radiowiz (June 1, 2015 2:45 am)


June 1, 2015 7:18 am  #8

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Radiowiz wrote:

I have no idea why they couldn't fill that time with infomercials or religious whatever

someone please step in here & explain


June 1, 2015 8:49 pm  #9

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I was always amazed with the transmission power of Global's Uxbridge Ch. 22 transmitter...  5 million watts !!! (I assume that was ERP).   Talk about a flame thrower!!!

Another little known fact about the original Global CKGN transmitter build... not all of the Tx sites were installed and operating for the January 6th, 1974 launch and sign-on... although the majority of Global personnel thought that they were complete.  The story is that not all of the contractors or sub-contractors were being paid...  so the tower sections and antennaes just laid in the fields as they were shipped from RCA.  This was noticed in the early spring of 1974.  

Apparently the Paris and Uxbridge transmitters were the first to be installed, and were there for the initial sign-on. The other original sites eventually were completed and operational.

Then there was the "fire" at the Cottam Ch. 22 transmitter.... but that is another story....