WNHC-TV New Haven – July 1948 Highlights

On April 10th, 1948 The New York Times reported that the DuMont Network would soon have an affiliate in Connecticut thanks to station WNHC-TV in New Haven [1]. The station was owned by the Elm City Broadcasting Company and the plan was to be on the air roughly by the start of May.

However, the station didn’t start test patterns until early June and wasn’t officially on the air until 6PM on June 15th, 1948 [2]. Even then, it was only broadcasting in a test capacity to ensure that it could successfully relay DuMont programming from New York City.

Here are some daily schedules from early July 1948. Of particular interest to me are the fifteen-minute broadcasts of Mary Kay and Johnny.

Friday, July 2nd, 1948 [3]
10:00AM-12:00PM: Test Pattern
2:00PM-5:00PM: Test Pattern
6:00PM: Small Fry
6:30PM: Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard
6:45PM: Film Shorts
7:30PM: Camera Headlines
7:45PM: Film Shorts
8:00PM: Fashions on Parade

Monday, July 5th, 1948 [4]
5:00PM: Teletunes
6:00PM: Small Fry Club
6:30PM: Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard
6:45PM: Film Shorts
7:00PM: Doorway to Fame
7:30PM: Camera Headlines
7:45PM: Sylvia St. Claire
8:00PM: Film Shorts
8:30PM: Swing Into Sports

Tuesday, July 6th, 1948 [5]
5:00PM: Teletunes
6:00PM: Small Fry Club
6:30PM: Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard
6:45PM: Film Shorts
7:00PM: Alan Dale Show
7:15PM: Mary Kay and Johnny
7:30PM: Camera Headlines
7:40PM: Tele News
8:00PM: Court of Current Issues
9:00PM: Boxing, Jerome Arena

Wednesday, July 7th, 1948 [6]
5:00PM: Teletunes
6:00PM: Small Fry Club
6:30PM: Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard
6:45PM: Film Shorts
7:00PM: Photographic Horizons
7:15PM: Mary Kay and Johnny
7:30PM: Camera Headlines
7:45PM: Film Shorts
8:00PM: School Days with Happy Felton
8:30PM: To Be Announced
9:00PM: Boxing, Jamaica Arena

Sunday, July 11th, 1948 [7]
1:40PM: Baseball Fanfare
2:00PM: Yankees-Washington Baseball Game
5:00PM: Teletunes
6:00PM: Film Shorts
6:30PM: Key to the Missing

On October 5th, 1948 WNHC-TV affiliated itself with CBS in addition to DuMont [8]. I believe the station also carried ABC and NBC programming. Today, as WTNH, it is still on the air in Connecticut as an ABC affiliate.

Works Cited:

1 Gould, Jack. “The News of Radio.” New York Times. 10 Apr. 1948: 28.
2 “WNHC-TV Today Starts Television Broadcasting.” Hartford Courant. 15 Jun. 1958: 1.
3 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 2 Jul. 1948: 18.
4 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 5 Jul. 1948: 5.
5 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 6 Jul. 1948: 16.
6 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 7 Jul. 1948: 7.
7 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 11 Jul. 1948: C9.
8 “Radio and Television.” New York Times. 6 Oct. 1948: 58.

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