Synthesized Network Idents

Posted by Scott

A small collection of Network Identifications from the 60’s-80’s. I always loved the synthesizer work on these and the mechanical video effects are something you just can’t fake. The second one down is the OEPBS (Oregon PBS) sign off from the 80’s. The beginning is just the standard PBS ident, but watch until 0:35 and you’ll seen their own amazing logo animation complete with warbling analog synth melody.

This has me feeling a bit dated, I remember vividly each of these (with the exception of the Oregon PBS Ident).

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greg says:

May 19, 2008 at 10:16 am

Yeah, I remember most of these as well. I started saving these off YouTube sometime last year and have a nice little collection now. The graphics & sounds are just amazing.


neu says:

May 19, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Give a listen to Raymond Scott’s Manhattan Research, Inc. album if you haven’t already. First thing I thought of when listening to these clips. Ok, I was reaaaally thinking that the WGBH ident would make for a wicked ringtone… but check out Scott’s pioneering work nonetheless!


dots says:

May 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I remember as a child being petrified of those intros/outros. I always thought they were neat visually but I think it was the combination of the intensity of the colors/motion and the noise that would send me hiding behind the couch.

Now when I look at them, I still think they are intense but I still want to look at them.


Wayne says:

May 20, 2008 at 4:53 pm

These would make for the sickest ringtones for my iPhone. Anybody an audiophile that can ‘clean up’ those sounds?

Love those idents.


Jeff Archer says:

July 31, 2008 at 4:00 am

Does anyone remember a CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) station ident from the ’70’s that used what sounded like an ARP 2500 or 2600 synthesizer? I looked at the station ident’s on but wasn’t able to find the one that I was thinking of.