KALB to air national anthem to begin each new broadcast day

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The people of Cenla are proud of our country, and of the men and women who serve or have served.

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KALB News Channel 5, CBS 2 and The CW Cenla will soon join with our sister Gray Television stations across the nation to end each broadcast day by playing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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

Inspired by the American flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning after a bombardment, Francis Scott Key wrote the initial verse of the anthem on the back of a letter. He later completed the four verses which a Baltimore newspaper first published, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

KALB News Channel Five, CBS 2 and The CW Cenla will air the national anthem shortly before 5 a.m. each day, signifying the switch to a new broadcast day.

Here is the daily schedule for each station to view the national anthem:

KALB News Channel 5
• M-F 4:16 am
• Sat 4:45 am
• Sun 4:41 am

CBS 2
• M-F 4:55 am
• Sat 3:15 am
• Sun 3:35 am

CW Cenla
• M-F 6:28 am
• Sat 3:41 am
• Sun 1:21 am

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