WNPT

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

(Redirected from WDCN)

Background

WNPT is a PBS affiliate located in Nashville, Tennessee. It launched in 1962 as WDCN, and changed its call letters to WNPT in 2000.

WDCN

1st Logo (1962-1970)

Visuals: Unknown

Technique: Unknown

Audio: Unknown

Availability: Unknown

2nd Logo (1970-1973)

Visuals: On a dark gray background, the word "WDCN-TV" is on the top left. Below it is the word "NASHVILLE", and the 1971 PBS logo is below it. A large number "2" is next to the rest of the logo.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: An announcer saying "WDCN-TV, Nashville, Tennessee".

Availability: It was only used as a station ID.

Legacy: The existence of this logo was unknown before its discovery.

3rd Logo (1973-1980)

Visuals: Over a black background is the text "wdcn·tv". Below it is "nashville, tennessee". Next to it, there is a large number "8".

Variant: There is a variant where a guitar is shown and the WDCN logo is below it.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: An announcer saying "WDCN-TV Nashville, Tennessee".

Audio Variant: There is a variant where singers sing the station's name.

Availability: See the 2nd logo.

4th Logo (1980-1983)

Visuals: Over a black background is the previous WDCN logo with a rainbow below it.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: An announcer saying "WDCN, Nashville".

Availability: See the 2nd logo.

5th Logo (1983-1987)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a random image with the text "Nashville Channel Eight" below. On the bottom-left, we see the WDCN logo.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: An announcer, or none.

Availability: See the 2nd logo.

6th Logo (1987-2000)


Visuals: On a blue background, from a top aerial view, a red line flies amongst blue and white lines. The red line curves into a circle, with another red circle joining it and forming a red "8". A word, consisting of a segmented "W", "D", "C", and "N", colored blue, zoom in on top of the "8". A flash of light zooms onto the "8", segmenting it as well and forming "C".

Technique: '80s computer effects.

Audio: A synthesized guitar tune, and the announcer saying "WDCN, Nashville".

Availability: Usually seen as a "You're watching" local ID on the channel, but this may have also been a program intro tag for some local shows. Also, seen on many programming from the era, but those programs are long gone, due to appearing or plastering with older prints.

WNPT

1st Logo (2000-2003)

Visuals: On a white background, there are the letters "Npt" in a blue Clarendon font zoom out. The words "Nashville Public Television" appear in sync with the beat of the theme.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A 5-note saxophone sounder with the last 3 notes in-sync with the animation.

Availability: Used to appear on PBS airings of The Big Comfy Couch before 2003. Recorded tapes might retain this logo, which serves also as a Local ID.

2nd Logo (2003-2009)

Visuals: On a teal background, there is "Npt" in white, in the same font as before, fading in, as well as "Nashville Public Television" underneath it in white, and "wnpt.net" to the right of it in light blue. Blue pixels sweep across behind the logo, leaving behind Red, purple , yellow, blue, and green pixels.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: A guitar/piano orchestra rendition of the previous theme.

Availability: Seen at the end of The Big Comfy Couch episodes on PBS. Was recently spotted on a 2009 episode of Volunteer Gardener. Can be seen on some older episodes of Tennessee Crossroads. If your PBS station broadcasts Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player during a pledge drive, you might catch this at the start and end of the program, even on newer prints.

3rd Logo (2009-2012)

Visuals: Unknown

Technique: Unknown

Audio: Unknown

Availability: Can be seen on some older episodes of Tennessee Crossroads.

4th Logo (2012-2017)

Visuals: Unknown

Variant: On Bare Feet, the whole thing takes place on a black background.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A new age synth tune beginning with a descending scale followed by three notes (High C, D, and G).

Availability: Seen on Volunteer Gardener, Tennessee Crossroads, Tennessee's Wild Side, and Music City Roots between 2012 and 2017.

5th Logo (2017-)

Visuals: On a spotlight background, there is a new "Npt" logo, with a blue coin and the text from before, spinning and then stops. "Nashville Public Television" and the URL link appears below.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: Same as the previous logo. Beginning in February 2018, however, a descending guitar tune is used instead.

Availability: Seen on Volunteer Gardener, Tennessee Crossroads, and Tennessee's Wild Side.

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