KWCH will air "The Star-Spangled Banner" at end of broadcast day

Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 11:37 AM CDT
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It was a long time tradition for years - the playing of the national anthem at the end of the day. Now KWCH and KSCW will join all Gray Media television stations in bringing back this tradition. Starting on June 17, all KWCH-associated stations will air the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the end of their broadcast day, approximately 3:58 a.m.

Up until television stations went to 24-hour operations in the 1980s and 90s, playing the national anthem was traditionally how American television stations went off the air and returned back to the airwaves the following morning.

Gray Media Group’s Executive Chairman and CEO Hilton Howell announced the initiative at the company’s annual news director’s meeting.

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