KTCA is a PBS affiliate located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
1st Logo (1970s-1983)
Nickname: "Dancing Lights"
Logo: On a black background, we see a white light spin around and zoom away from the screen, towards the left. "KTCA" flashes in, one letter at a time, then below that, "St. Paul", then "Minneapolis", flashes in. Finally, a white flash makes the logo disappear.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Scanimate effects
Music/Sounds: None, or the opening theme
Availability: A 1979 demo reel from the station has this logo.
Scare Factor: Low to medium, thanks to the "in-your-face" lights and primitive animation.
2nd Logo (1983-1990)
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Nickname: "Tubular Letters", "Water Rectangle"
Logo: On a light gray background, we see "KTCA", in a tubular font very similar to KQED's logo from around that time, along with "MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL", both colored golden orange, flying away from the viewer from the bottom. About the same time, a rectangle containing water inside (possibly to represent the image of a lake) also flies in, but towards the viewer. They both rotate into a tilted position (plus the rectangle appears to flip for a bit), and when they join together, we fade out, though the water in the rectangle still creates little waves.
FX/SFX: The KTCA logo flying into view, and the water rectangle sliding in. Nice effects for 1985.
Music/Sounds: A downward synthesized glockenspiel tune, then 5 synth-glockenspiel notes, then one last note held at the end.
Availability: Seen on Grant Wood's America, and more notably seen on 80s episodes of Newton's Apple.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The music might startle you a little.
3rd Logo (1980s-Early 1990s)
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Nickname: "KTCA Forest", "A Minnesota Original"
Logo: On a black background with a blue spotlight, the same KTCA logo from the first ID moves to the left, along with a "2" in the same font, and "MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT PAUL", in Times New Roman font, underneath the logo, against a 2D forest. While doing that, a sun moves to the upper-right corner. Then, "A" and "MINNESOTA", looking like building blocks, drops down, while "Original" is written out in a cursive font, tilted at an angle, and "water ripples" occur.
•There is a variant where the logo is still (even though it has the "water rippling" effect), and the text underneath the logo says "PRODUCTION".
•Another variant is basically the same as before, but the text is in the font of the next logo and is beige-colored.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Decent 1980s computer effects.
Music/Sounds: A synth-orchestra jingle, with the sound of birds calling, as well as a female announcer saying "The following is a production of KTCA – a Minnesota original."
Availability: Extremely rare. Some local shows and specials might carry this logo, such as My Mary, a special of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Scare Factor: None
4th Logo (1990-2000)
Nickname: "Blue Waves"
Logo: On a blue background that looks like undersea junk (though it's intended to resemble a forest), we see "KTCA", in a blue Aero Extended font, over "SAINT PAUL" and "MINNEAPOLIS", both stacked under "KTCA", andKTCA - CLG Wiki in a smaller white font. Waves come in from the left side of the screen, and when they leave, the screen fades out.
Variant: There is a variant where the logo simply fades in, plus "Presentation" appears on the bottom.
FX/SFX: The waves rippling.
Music/Sounds: A fantasy-oriented keyboard theme composed by Ralph Schuckett. On the variant, we hear a synth-bass note being held, as well as a "BONG!" sound. It was also composed by Ralph Schuckett.
Availability: Rare. Can be seen on 90s episodes of Newton's Apple as well as Once Upon a Tree when rerun on select PBS stations.
Scare Factor: None for the full version and low for the variant.
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FX/SFX: The lightening.
Cheesy Factor: It almost completely stole the idea from the Lorimar Motion Pictures logo!
Availability: Seen on Hoop Dreams.
Scare Factor: Minimal.