Signoff Station is a 24-hour pay television network that is owned and operated by the WarnerNBC Broadcasting Group. Although it was originally disguised as a cable network airing cartoons for children, the network's lineup of programs is specifically related to that of sign-offs and sign-ons by U.S. television stations broadcast between the mid-1940s and early 2000s.
List of programsEdit
- WSOS-TV, digital channel 54.
- Signoff Station (Phillipines), also DSPO-TV, digital channel 55, launched September 7, 2000.
- Signoff Station (Canada), launched September 7, 2001.
- Gare de Fermeture, for French-speaking portions of Canada, launched September 7, 2001.
The state of television stations signing off the air began to decline by the mid-1990s, with very few stations signing off the air, either due to transmitter maintenance, or exclusively on weekends. 24-hour television was on the rise, and several cable networks were already in 24-hour format, namely Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel.
By the end of 1998, it was announced that General Electric would launch a new 24-hour cable television network which would air sign-offs and sign-ons by television stations in the United States. The new network, dubbed "Signoff Station," premiered on February 1, 1999, at 12:01 AM EST. Originally, the network's programming consisted of sign-offs and sign-ons by U.S. television stations between the mid-1940s and the late 1980s, as Signoff Station advertised that it would only accept tapes containing sign-offs and sign-ons dated between 1970 and 1989, old B&W kinescopes between the mid-1940s and the 1950s, old Betamax tapes from the former era, and VTR reels dated between the 1950s and 1989. The first sign-off to air on the network was from New York's flagship NBC station, WNBC-TV (now WNBC), dating back to April 3, 1978.
The concept of "Signoff Station" was conceived by Jeffery Alan Wall (known by his pen name as J. Alan Wall), who found very few television stations sign-off in his area, and was hired by GE as the network's general manager. In addition, Wall runs the TV Signoffs website.