Classic TV: The 40s : 1930s/1940s TV schedules

1930s/1940s TV schedules

These are some very early schedules. I assure you that, by 1949, the programming hours (at least in New York City) were much longer and the programming more varied.


New York City schedule for 12 December 1946

WCBS:
8:15PM - News (with Milo Boulton)
8:30PM - "Junior High School Quiz"
9:00PM - Drama: "Case of the Stolen Velvet"
9:30PM - Basketball

WNBT:
8:00PM - Hour Glass (1946)
9:00PM - You Are an Artist (1946)
9:10PM - International Newsreel
9:15PM - Pick-up from Central Post Office

WABD:
8:00PM - The Vera Massey Show (1946)
8:30PM - Film shorts
9:00PM - Cash and Carry (1946)

http://tinyurl.com/n84lj74

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25 August 1939, BBC Television:

11:00AM - "Come and Be Televised" (interviews)
3:00PM - Kuda Bux ("the man with the x-ray eyes")
3:10PM - Cartoon film
3:15PM - News film ("Gaumont-British News")
3:25PM - Play: A Bedfast Prophet (1939)
4:00PM - "The Zoo" (a visit to the Regent's Park Zoo)
sign-off
8:00PM - National Programme (sound only)
9:00PM - The Kentucky Minstrels (1939)
9:30PM - "Albert Sandler" (violin)
9:40PM - News film
9:50PM - Play: Ending It (1939)

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctv/1939-08-25

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21 December 1931 schedule for New York City station W2XAB:
8:00PM - Alvin Hauser
8:30PM - Comedy skit
8:45PM - Doris Sharp (1931), songs
9:00PM - Piano Lessons (1931)
9:30PM - Charlotte Harriman, contralto
9:45PM - Dorothy Rosenthal, violinist
10:00PM - Cartoons
10:15PM - Kathryn Parsons, songs
10:30PM - Puppet Show
10:45PM - Caricatures

http://tinyurl.com/pjrs3hv
(I hope this is the right link)

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Tuesday 27 January 1948 schedule for New York City:

WCBS:
1:30PM - New York Dress Institute Fashion Show for March of Dimes

WABD:
6:00PM - Test pattern
6:15PM - Small Fry Club (1947)
6:45PM - The Walter Compton News (1947)
7:00PM - Photographic Horizons (1947)
7:30PM - Camera Headlines (1948)
7:45PM - Mary Kay and Johnny (1947)
8:00PM - Telenews (possibly I.N.S. Telenews (1948), I wouldn't know)
8:20PM - Film shorts
9:05PM - Sports Names to Remember (1947)
9:10PM - Boxing Bouts

http://tinyurl.com/qy87xok

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Sunday 27 April 1947 on BBC Television:
4:05PM - For the Children (1946)
4:20PM - Interlude
4:30PM - The Care of Your Car (1947)
4:50PM - Petula Clark
close
8:30PM - Variety on View (1946)
9:30PM - The Devil Comes to Alcaraz (1947)
10:00PM - News (sound only)

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctv/1947-04-27

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Pittsburgh schedule for 17 January 1949 on their sole station at the time, WDTV:

10:00AM - Johnny Olsen's Rumpus Room (1949)
10:30AM - "Welcome Neighbor"
11:00AM - The Stan Shaw Show (1948)
12:00PM - Amanda (1948)
12:15PM - "53rd and Madison, New York"
12:30PM - Camera Headlines (1948)
12:45PM - Ruth Winchell
???????
2:30PM - Wendy Barrie
3:00PM - The Needle Shop (1948)
3:15PM - "Lopez Speaking"
6:00PM - Small Fry Club (1947)
6:30PM - Local news
6:45PM - "Russ Hodges' Sport Page"
7:00PM - News and Views
7:15PM - Earl Wrightson
7:30PM - News
8:30PM - What Do You Think? (1949)
9:00PM - Sky Farrell

http://tinyurl.com/l4qjutl



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1930s/1940s TV schedules

Such great stuff found in old newspapers. If you don't mind my asking, where did you acquire the information? I'm very much interested in acquiring newspaper information of long ago, especiallyu for the New York City area. Could you steer me to the best website that acquires such information, especially TV listings for the 1950s and sixties. Thank you in advance.

Re: 1930s/1940s TV schedules

Newspapers from New York City and a few other cities:
http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html

BBC TV listings:
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/






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1930s/1940s TV schedules

Don't know if this is still useful, but most local libraries have old newspaper catalogs dating back to the 1800's where you can view the papers in their entirety.

1930s/1940s TV schedules

Thank you for your assistance. Much appreciated

Re: 1930s/1940s TV schedules

That's awesome! Thanks for posting this.
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