W2XBS Schedule, Week of July 14th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, July 14th, 1940, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. The station was off the air on Sunday, Monday and Saturday and spent the rest of the week focusing heavily on footage from the Democratic National Convention. Listings for Wednesday, July 17th included overlapping programs which I’ve duplicated for the sake of accuracy.

Tuesday, July 16th, 1940 [1]
3:30-4:40PM – Films, including Democratic National Convention Pictures.
6:45-7:00PM – News, Lowell Thomas.
8:30-9:10PM – Film, Democratic Convention.
9:10-10:20PM – Minstrel Show.

Wednesday, July 17th, 1940 [2]
3:30-4:30PM – Films: Cairo.
2:30-3:30PM – Eastern Clay Court Tennis Championships, Jackson Heights.
3:30-4:30PM – Film, Democratic Convention; Scenes of Tuesday Session.
9:00-9:10PM – Film, Democratic Convention.
9:10-10:20PM – Film: Song of Freedom, with Paul Robeson, Baritone.

Thursday, July 18th, 1940 [3]
2:30-3:30PM – Eastern Clay Court Tennis Championships, Jackson Heights Tennnis Club.
3:30-3:40PM – Film, Democratic Convention; Scenes of Wednesday Session.
9:00-9:10PM – Film, Democratic Convention.
9:10-10:20PM – Film, The Curtain Falls.

Friday, July 19th, 1940 [4]
2:30-3:30PM – Eastern Clay Court Tennis Championships, at Jackson Heights.
3:30-3:40PM – Film, Democratic Convention; Scenes of Thursday Session.
6:45-7:00PM – News Bulletin.
9:00-9:10PM – Film, Democratic Convention.
9:10-10:10PM – Variety, with Betty Jane Smith, Dancer; Beatrice Howell, Mimic; George C. Oakley on Landscapes in Art; Wrestling Exhibition.

Works Cited:

1 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 16 Jul. 1940: 21.
2 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 17 Jul. 1940: 38.
3 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 18 Jul. 1940: 17.
4 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 19 Jul. 1940: 33.


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