Television in general is a 24/7 thing now. With all the programming and advertising opportunities, there's always a spot to air something these days. Syndicated shows, re-runs, infomercials, etc.

But there was a time when a ton of TV stations signed off for the night and turned their transmitters off.

I vaguely remember a local station or two signing off at the end of the night here in Buffalo as a kid but not to the extent my mom and dad do, who have many memories of the different sign offs stations used to do.

Many stations aired the national anthem at the end of the night to sign off to their viewers.

Here's a couple national ones:

Here are a few that used to air here in Buffalo!

WKBW (1980's)

WGRZ Buffalo 2 (1980's)

FOX29 (2012)