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Sunday, July 21st, 2019
31 Years Ago Today

Here is a really brief station sign-off from WFLD Channel 32. We see the ending of a Ma & Pa Kettle movie (Ma & Pa Kettle at Home, based on the cast), Latenight 32 ending (with the circa 1984 Metromedia-era logo), the Fox 32 logo animation, and a quick cut to color bars with date and time. No national anthem or anything - must have been too late. zzzzzzz

This aired on July 22, 1988.

WFLD Channel 32 - "Oh Jeez - Look At The Time..." (Sign-Off, 1988)

Here is a really brief station sign-off from WFLD Channel 32. We see the ending of a Ma & Pa Kettle movie (Ma & Pa Kettle at Home, based on the cast), Latenight 32 ending (with the circa 1984 Metromedia-era logo), the Fox 32 logo animation, and a quick cut to color bars with date and time. No national anthem or anything - must have been too late. zzzzzzz

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, July 22nd 1988 @ about 5:10am!

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Only a few weeks before first Cubs Night game. :')
Comment posted by BabyBear on Wednesday, March 19th 2008 at 2:51am.

In terms of this video, this is what we sign-off fans would call a drive-by sign-off.
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Wednesday, March 19th 2008 at 5:33am.

Great vid, fuzz! I noticed the Latenight 32 bumper still had Metromedia's logo on it even after FOX took over in 1986/87. Also, in the color bars isn't it strange that there's no FOX logo along with the station id (unlike the Dec. 17, 1989 one you have up)? Beautiful FOX 32 id - why couldn't they have kept it today??? Which reminds me, does anyone know when WFLD stopped using their channel number in their ids and became simply FOX Chicago? I want to say 2002 but I'm not sure...
Comment posted by harps251 on Wednesday, March 19th 2008 at 5:40pm.

This was the same ID that numerous Fox stations like KTTV in Los Angeles, WNYW-TV in New York and some stations that had that variation of the ID.
Comment posted by musicradio77 on Saturday, April 5th 2008 at 9:37pm.

WFLD started branding as FOX Chicago in the late 90s. I want to say as late as 1998. Before then, they even branded it as "FOX Thirty-Two" instead of the Channel Number itself. The major reason why the are currently branded as FOX Chicago is because many people have cable and many of them are morely custom to either Cable Channel 12 or channel 3.

I still call WFLD either FOX 32 or Channel 32 even though they have retired those brandings a long time ago because I've watched the station since I was a baby.

musicradio77 is right about the logo variations. They used the variation of the "Fritz" font for many Metromedia/FOX stations during the mid to late 80s and lasting through the early 90s. Other stations were WTTG & KRIV. Once the New World deal (which was a totally different thing happened in 1994) many FOX O&Os changed their image and look drastically, including WFLD.

Comment posted by csworldwide1 on Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 8:06am.

It appears FOX 32 showed "Ma and Pa Kettle at Home" (1954) on this occasion; that film featured Alan Mowbray. It was also the last movie in the Kettle series, in production order, to co-star Percy Kilbride. (The next released film, "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki [1955], which was Mr. Kilbride's last Kettle flick in release order, was actually filmed in 1952.)
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, July 17th 2008 at 8:44pm.

That was fast.
Comment posted by CelesteK on Thursday, July 17th 2008 at 11:15pm.

I swear to god if I get another fuzzy memory off of watching these videos I'm gonna scream with joy.
Comment posted by aguynamedsummer2007 on Wednesday, January 14th 2009 at 7:54pm.

Fun, isn't it? :-) (by the way, is your name really Summer and are you a guy?)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, January 14th 2009 at 7:56pm.

Ha ha!!! That cut to the color bars reminds me of the Simpsons when Homer's Mr. Plow ad went right to test pattern bars.
"...that name again is, Mr. Plow."EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE...

Comment posted by kietdoke on Wednesday, January 14th 2009 at 7:58pm.

A look in the January 3, 1988 Chicago Tribune TV Week (the closest date I have to this clip) shows WFLD signing off at 4:00 AM on weekdays and 3:30 AM late Friday/early Saturday, and signing on at 6 AM on weekdays. CNN Headline News started running overnight on WFLD on Monday, October 4, 1982. Did it run all night long? When did that end and WFLD go back to signing off at night?
Comment posted by Szake on Tuesday, April 12th 2011 at 9:15pm.

Added movie title and description of 32 logo on "Latenight 32" ending to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, April 13th 2011 at 12:14am.

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