60th Anniversary Year Starts Friday Night

2:37 PM, Jan 16, 2009   |    comments
WOIC station ID clock seen for the first time in 60 years, completely restored by Moren Inc. of Silver Spring.
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- As the nation looks forward to a historic inauguration, 60 years ago Friday night another historic inauguration took place. That's when Channel 9, "Washington's Eye on the World," began regular television service as the new CBS affiliate.

The station signed on at 7PM as WOIC (Oh I See!) with an inaugural program titled "The Nine Muses," featuring a variety of local and network talent. Veteran Washington showman Art Brown told the audience about the new WOIC Amateur Hour and sportscaster Bill Brundige outlined his plans for a nightly 15 minute sports roundup. CBS stars Morey Amsterdam, Ed Sullivan, and Arthur Godfrey showed clips from their shows and CBS News Anchorman Douglas Edwards added his greetings to the new station.

Hundreds of congratulatory calls and wires were received during the program.

The WOIC call letters lasted only one year, changing to WTOP-TV in 1950 when the station was sold to the Washington Post. Channel 9 became WDVM (District, Virginia, Maryland) in 1978 when the station was exchanged to the Detroit News. Today's call letters of WUSA arrived when Gannett purchased the station in 1986.

Watch wusa9.com for more historic photos and video coming throughout our 60th year of service to the Washington area!

Written by Tom Buckley
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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