WABD, Channel 5: 1:45PM - Pro Football, Yankees vs. Dodgers (yes, you read correctly, there really were football teams in 1946 with these names, though I don't know what connection they had with the much more famous baseball teams with these names) 8:00PM - The Vera Massey Show 8:30PM - Film short 9:00PM - Cash and Carry
At the very least, they tried to offer something to suit different tastes: game shows, prestige drama, sports, cooking, news, kiddie fare, variety, information, and even a feature film.
They were probably also trying to see what would get more viewing.
You got to think, in the 1940s they had no idea who would want to watch TV, kids, teens, young adults, adults, elderly... and if it would be a generation thing, or all ages would be interested.
They were probably testing the waters. Or, maybe like you said, they weren't as concerned about the ratings so they offered a little something for everyone. This was a really cool read.
Admittedly, early TV drew ideas from radio and film, but these formats had to be re-worked to suit TV. Some popular radio formats didn't work on TV: Walter Winchell's popular radio show, in which he read out the news at quick speed, was a dismal failure on TV, and after seeing it, I'm not surprised; it may have seemed cool on radio, but on TV it same across as silly. On the other hand, some shows could be made more interesting with TV: on radio, "Your Hit Parade" simply featured singers singing the hit songs of the week, while on TV the songs were presented in a more visual way, often with the singer acting out the song in costume.
I was reading some reviews of 1944-1945 TV in Billboard magazine from that period, and it's amazing how many failed experiments there were. Yet, as Billboard pointed out in one review, these experiments helped get TV ready for when mass-production of TV sets would begin.
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Apr 14, 2017 16:22:15 GMT
A week of BBC TV schedules: Sunday 18 July 1948 4:00PM - Film: Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 8:00PM - Play: "Virtuoso" (written by Cedric Wallis) 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Monday 19 July 1948 11:00AM - Demonstration film 3:00PM - "For the Housewife" ("W. P. Matthew shows how to prepare a wall for distempering. Philip Harben makes a basic salad dressing") 3:30PM - Film: Designing Women (1948 short. I've seen this, it's quite fascinating) 8:30PM - "BBC Television Newsreel" (this was the BBC's newscast of the era, done in the style of a cinema newsreel) 8:45PM - Film: Made for Each Other (1939) 10:15PM - News (sound only)
Tuesday 20 July 1948 11:00AM - Demonstration film 3:00PM - "The Teen-Age Show" ("Forty-five minutes of entertainment brought to you by young people from twelve to twenty") 3:45PM - Film: Hog Wild (1930 short, with Laurel and Hardy) 8:30PM - "Picture Page" ("a topical magazine") 9:15PM - "The Teen-Age Show" ("Forty-five minutes of entertainment brought to you by young people from twelve to twenty". In those days, the BBC would sometimes produce a live show twice, once in daytime and again in prime-time) 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Wednesday 21 July 1948 11:00AM - Demonstration film 3:00PM - Film: Underground Rustlers (1941) 8:30PM - Play: "The Beggar's Opera" 10:00PM - "BBC Television Newsreel" 10:15PM - News (sound only)
Thursday 22 July 1948 11:00AM - Demonstation film 3:00PM - "Hulbert Follies" (Episode 2) (with comedians Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert, and singer Adele Dixon) 3:45PM - Film: Young Ironsides (1932, short) 8:30PM - Play: "Dandy Dick" ("The action of the play takes place at the Deanery and in the local police station at St. Marvells some time in the 1880s.") 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Friday 23 July 1948 11:00AM - Demonstration film 3:00PM - Play: "Virtuoso" 8:30PM - Newsreel 8:45PM - "Hulbert Follies" (Episode 2) (with comedians Jack Hulbert and Claude Hulbert, and singer Adele Dixon) 9:30PM - "News Map" (episode: Switzerland) ("J.F. and Margaret Horrabin draw the maps, Elizabeth Wiskemann discusses the history, and Hans Egli illustrates the beauties of a country in which some viewers may be spending their holiday this summer") 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Saturday 24 July 1948 11:00PM - Newsreel ("Composite edition", which I assume means news stories from previous in the week) 3:00PM - "In Our Garden" ("Members of the League of Health and Beauty give a display of physical fitness exercises. F. Streeter shows how to take cuttings for next year. The Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland shows tents of various types and demonstrates camping methods by canoe and caravan") 8:30PM - "Cafe Continental" (a variety show. Performers included Les Ondelines, Lupe Rica, Nina et Costas, and Jacques Laroque et l'Orchestre Pigalle) 9:30PM - "Inspector Playfair's Notebook" (episode 2) (Episode title: "She Left in a Hurry") ("Can you spot the clue which enabled the Inspector to make an arrest?") 9:45PM - "BBC Television Newsreel" 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Apart from the films (which obviously weren't produced for TV), the only possible surviving material from this week of telecasts might be some news stories from the "BBC Television Newsreel". Few complete editions survive but various news stories from the series survive. Here's an example of a news story from 1951, showing the introduction of a new train:
WABD: 1:00PM - Financial News 1:45PM - Faces to Remember 1:50PM - Baseball, Yankees vs. Cleveland 6:45PM - Sports News 7:00PM - Small Fry Club 7:30PM - Film: Shanghai Gesture (1941) (either the film was edited, or the newspaper has the times wrong, or the film was longer than what the station assumed it to be. Any of these is possible)) 9:15PM - Amateur Boxing
WABD: 1:00PM - Financial News 1:??PM - Faces to Remember 1:??PM - Baseball, Yankees vs. Detriot 6:54PM - Sport News 7:00PM - Small Fry Club 7:30PM - Birthday Party 8:00PM - Film short 8:10PM - Shad Fishing in the Hudson 8:30PM - Swing Into Golf
WABD 1:00PM - Financial News 1:45PM - Faces to Remeber 1:50PM - Baseball - Yankees vs. Boston 6:54PM - Fishing News 7:00PM - Small Fry Club 7:30PM - Film shorts 8:00PM - The Open Door 8:30PM - Film short 8:45PM - Wrestling matches
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Jul 5, 2017 23:06:46 GMT
TV schedule for Wednesday 8 December 1948 in New York City.
There's some special aspects to this schedule: 1. It includes a sitcom ("The Growing Paynes"), and sitcoms were VERY rare on late-1940s TV 2. It includes Goodson-Todman's first ever TV game show, "Winner Take All", thus paving the way for all the great Goodson-Todman shows of the 1950s to 1980s 3. It includes daytime TV! Yes, courtesy of DuMont Television Network's station WABD, comes the world's first full daytime schedule 4. It includes minority representation! Yes, "Amanda", starring African-American singer Amanda Randolph, also courtesy of DuMont
WNBT, Channel 4 5:30PM - Howdy Doody 6:45PM - Easy Does It (as Howdy Doody was half-hour, I presume the station signed off at 6:00PM) 7:15PM - Harkness Interviews 7:30PM - The Phil Silvers Show (possibly this?) 7:50PM - Newsreel 8:00PM - Girl About Town 8:20PM - Picture This 8:30PM - Musical Miniatures 9:00PM - Kraft Television Theatre 10:00PM - Newsreel 10:10PM - The Village Barn
WPIX, Channel 11 5:00PM - Comics on Parade 5:15PM - Pixie Playtime 6:00PM - Six Gun Playhouse 7:00PM - Charm School 7:30PM - Telepix 7:40PM - The Reel and Rifle Club 8:00PM - Voice of the People 9:00PM - Film: Carmen 10:05PM - Telepix
They fly the friendly way with TAA, the nation's jetline
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Jul 15, 2017 13:49:44 GMT
Thursday 28 April 1949 TV schedule for Cincinnati, Ohio.
Problem: Four networks, but the city only had 2 stations. So the schedule ia mix of shows. WLWT has some of NBC's schedule with a DuMont show thrown in plus various local and syndicated shows, WKRC-TV has some of CBS's schedule plus a terrible film. Unless I'm mistaken ABC is absent from the schedule, but that's OK, ABC was worse than DuMont at that point.
There's some good shows on the schedule, including "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", "The Morey Amsterdam Show" and "Make Mine Music".
WLWT, Channel 4 3:45PM - Bob and Mary Lou 4:00PM - Curtain Time 4:15PM - Kitchen Club 5:00PM - Junior Jamboree 6:00PM - News 6:05PM - Swanee River Boys 6:15PM - Let's Visit 6:45PM - Ernie Lee Sings 7:00PM - Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30PM - Ohio Town 7:50PM - News 8:00PM - Your Show Time 8:30PM - Sportsman's Show 8:45PM - Findley Brooke 8:54PM - Improve Your Golf 9:00PM - The Gulf Road Show 9:30PM - Floor Show 10:00PM - The Morey Amsterdam Show 10:30PM - Weather, sign-off
WKRC-TV, Channel 11 4:30PM- Skating Vanities Tryouts 5:30PM - Ambush Valley 6:00PM - Lucky Pup 6:15PM - Photo Flashes 6:30PM - Make Mine Music 6:45PM - Kartoon Korner 7:00PM - Telenews 7:15PM - Varieties 7:30PM - Supper Club 8:00PM - Film: A Yank in Libya (a edited-for-TV print, but that's OK, the film sucked to begin with) 9:00PM - What's It Worth 9:30PM - Sign off
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Aug 4, 2017 17:06:13 GMT
Sunday 16 October 1949 TV schedule for London, England. Only one station (BBC) at the time. But you only need one station when a well-received classic film short like "Night Mail" is on the schedule (also, I suspect that since it was a 25-minute film and was presumably shown complete, the schedule probably did get a little off track with "Off to the Circus" shown slightly later than scheduled)
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Aug 30, 2017 12:55:52 GMT
Two UK schedules, from Tuesday 7 October 1947, and Thursday 9 October 1947.
I chose these two schedules because the earliest surviving kinescope of a BBC show comes from one of these two dates. A 6-minute fragment of "Variety in Sepia" exists, but which day's performance it comes from is not known (it common at the time for shows to be performed twice on the BBC on different days). I've seen the fragment, and guess what? It's entertaining. Black singer Adelaide Hall sings two songs, and comes across very well. This, to me, proves that 1940s UK TV could be quite good. It's a shame that hardly any other kinescopes exist of 1940s BBC TV.
Tuesday 7 October 1947: 12:00PM - Demonstration film 3:00PM - Fashions Around the World 3:30PM - Come and Be Televised 6:00PM - Demonstration film 8:30PM - Variety in Sepia 9:30PM - The Eye of the Artist 10:00PM - News (sound only)
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Sept 2, 2017 13:43:52 GMT
Monday, 10 November 1947 TV schedule for New York City.
Although New York City had three stations at the time, only WABD (Channel 5) was on the air that day. Nothing from the schedule survives as far as I know, with the possible exception of the "film shorts" at 6:35PM, 8:00PM and 8:30PM. Some shows, however, have surviving episodes from later dates.
3:00PM - Test pattern 6:30PM - Test pattern 6:35PM - Film shorts 6:45PM - The Walter Compton News (this series is completely lost) 7:00PM - Small Fry Club (I believe a fragment survives from this series) 7:30PM - Doorway to Fame (two episodes of this series survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive) 8:00PM - Film shorts 8:15PM - Magic Carpet 8:30PM - Film shorts 8:35PM - Swing Into Sports (an episode of this series, from 1948, survives at the Paley Center for Media) 9:00PM - Sports Names to Remember (this series is completely lost) 9:07PM - Boxing Bouts (some WABD-produced boxing matches survive in various archive)
They fly the friendly way with TAA, the nation's jetline
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Sept 7, 2017 1:11:54 GMT
Washington D.C. television schedule for Friday 19 December 1947.
I believe this is the first time I've posted a Washington D.C. schedule!
The city had three stations: WTTG was a DuMont station (and is now a FOX station), WNBW was and still is NBC, and WMAL was originally CBS but is now ABC. The latter two stations have since changed their call sign.
One of the series on the schedule was Elder Michaux, a religious show with an African-American host. It was briefly a network series, but had a longer run as a local show. Sadly, no footage remains of the show.
WNBW, Channel 4 12:45PM - Coming Attractions 1:00PM - Home Service Club 1:30PM - Television Newsreel 1:45PM - Musical Interlude 3:30PM - A Day at the Zoo 4:30PM - Film Features 5:30PM - Musical Interlude 7:00PM - Christmas Land 8:00PM - Campus Hoopla 8:15PM - The World In Your Home 8:25PM - Story of the Week 8:45PM - Let's Learn to Dance 9:00PM - News in Review 9:05PM - Boxing 10:00PM - Secretary of State Marshall 10:15PM - Boxing 10:45PM - Telesports
WTTG, Channel 5 6:15PM - Dinner Music 6:30PM - Preview Time 6:35PM - Film shorts 6:45PM - The Walter Compton News 7:00PM - Small Fry Club 7:30PM - Elder Michaux 8:00PM - Film Featurette 8:30PM - Hockey 10:00PM - Secretary of State Marshall 10:15PM - Hockey 11:00PM - Press Bulletins
WMAL, Channel 7 10:00AM - Test pattern 12:00PM - station close 1:00PM - Test patern 5:00PM - station close 5:30PM - Test pattern 10:00PM - Secretary of State Marshall
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Sept 8, 2017 11:34:05 GMT
St. Louis, Missouri television schedule for Friday 28 January 1949.
They only had a single station, but the station had a good schedule: "Admiral Broadway Revue" was a good though short-lived show, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" was also good, and "Chesterfield Supper Club" was a good show too. Certainly, most viewers would have been happy with this schedule. I also appreciate that the station had local programming on its schedules during this period.
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Sept 10, 2017 6:15:15 GMT
UK television schedule for Sunday 15 May 1949. Only one channel, the BBC, at the time.
Very little survives of 1949 BBC TV, however, one program on this schedule, "The Blockade Ends", does survive! Actually, it sounds very interesting, being a documentary about the end of the Berlin blockade, broadcast within days of it ending.
....and here is the schedule: 5:00PM - For the Children (including segments "Express Train", "The Squirrel, the Hare, and the Little Grey Rabbit", "Muffin the Mule") sign-off 8:00PM - The Blockade Ends 8:30PM - TV Play: A Pair Of Spectacles 10:00PM - News (sound only)