Results for - Sign-On's, Sign-Off's (And Things That Come Close To Both?)

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1. The jazz (mostly) radio station I sometimes have playing while I sleep starts every weeknight overnight shift solemnly with trumpeter/bandleader Donald Byrd's 1964 recording of "Cristo Redentor." I'd call it a sign-on for the station's broadcast day. Whether from the past or current broadcasters you patronize, do you recall any enjoyable music or other programming for their sign-on?

Yes
10%
228 votes
Not off the top of my head
29%
672 votes
No
24%
546 votes
I'm only familiar with broadcasters with 24/7 programming without demarcation for the start of their day.
4%
99 votes
Other (please specify)
0%
7 votes
Not Applicable
33%
748 votes

2. A friend with whom I've sadly lost touch was so moved by the sign-off of a TV station in his town--back when television stations went off air for a while before resuming broadcasting in early morning--that he recorded it. That sign-off's music was composer/conductor Aaron Coperland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." If the end of a TV channel's broadcast day signals your bedtime, do you think this is a fitting prelude to your slumber?

Yes
13%
291 votes
Perhaps
28%
634 votes
No
21%
493 votes
Didn't listen./Unfamiliar
37%
855 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
27 votes

3. They're rarely or never used now, but a common sight on TV screens before the onset of the programming day or at its conclusion was a test pattern. They still serve their original purpose of calibrating. aligning, and matching TV stations' cameras and camcorders (per https://kottke.org/19/06/vintage-tv-test-patterns). Have you ever seen a test pattern while watching television?

Yes
54%
1,238 votes
Maybe
18%
412 votes
No
28%
650 votes

4. Back in radio's golden age, before television became North America's dominant electronic mass medium, networks and local stations often began their broadcast day with music performed live in their studios, Stations catering to black audiences often hosted early morning shows by soul gospel and jubilee acts such as the famed Golden Gate Quartet. Whatever music you like, would you be interested in hearing it performed live on radio first thing in the morning?

Yes
18%
409 votes
Uncertain
27%
624 votes
No
35%
802 votes
I'm not enough of a music aficionado to want to wake up to any.
20%
465 votes

5. There are still numerous U.S. AM radio stations which only broadcast from sunrise to sunset; the country station in my town was so licensed, as was a station about 35 miles from me that nurtured my appreciation for pop and rock when I was a tween. If memory serves, I recall the latter station ended its broadcast day with Porky Pig's send off to many Loony Toons animated shorts. Would you appreciate it were a TV or radio station you like to end its day with Porky?

Yes
24%
561 votes
Hmmm...
29%
658 votes
No
37%
852 votes
Porky who?
10%
229 votes
10/20/2021 TV 2304 32 By: jlrake
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