WNHC-TV Schedule, Week of July 18th, 1948

Here’s the schedule for station WNHC-TV in New Haven, Connecticut for the week beginning Sunday, July 18th, 1948, straight from listings published in The Hartford Courant. WNHC-TV was a DuMont affiliate and aired many of its programs during the week, relayed from WABD in New York City. For comparison, I’ve listed which programs originated from New York City for Tuesday, July 20th and Friday, July 23rd. Of all the programs broadcasting during this week, the ones I’d like to see the most are Mary Kay and Johnny, School Days with Happy Felton and Photographic Horizons.

Sunday, July 18th, 1948 [1]
6:00PM – Film Shorts.
6:30PM – Key to the Missing.
7:00PM – Original Amateur Hour.

Monday, July 19th, 1948 [2]
5:00PM – Test Pattern.
6:00PM – Small Fry Club.
6:30PM – Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard.
6:45PM – Walter Compton.
7:00PM – Doorway to Fame.
7:30PM – Camera Headlines.
7:45PM – Film Shorts.
8:00PM – Swing into Sports.

Tuesday, July 20th, 1948 [3]
5:00PM – Test Pattern.
6:00PM – Small Fry Club (From New York City).
6:30PM – Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard (From New York City).
6:45PM – Walter Compton.
7:00PM – Alan Dale Show (From New York City).
7:15PM – Mary Kay and Johnny (From New York City).
7:30PM – Camera Headlines (From New York City).
7:40PM – Tele News (From New York City).
8:00PM – Film Shorts (From New York City).

Wednesday, July 21st, 1948 [4]
5:00PM – Test Pattern.
6:00PM – Small Fry Club.
6:30PM – Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard.
6:45PM – Walter Compton.
7:00PM – Photographic Horizons.
7:30PM – Camera Headlines.
7:45PM – Films.
8:00PM – School Days with Happy Felton.
8:30PM – Film Shorts.

Thursday, July 22nd, 1948 [5]
5:00PM – Test Pattern.
6:00PM – Small Fry Club.
6:30PM – Russ Hodge’s Scoreboard.
6:45PM – Walter Compton.
7:00PM – Birthday Party.
7:30PM – Camera Headlines.
7:45PM – Jack Eigen Show.
8:00PM – Charade Quiz.

Friday, July 23rd, 1948 [6]
5:00PM – Teletunes.
5:55PM – Program Resume.
6:00PM – Small Fry Club (From New York City).
6:30PM – Russ Hodges’ Scoreboard.
7:00PM – Third Party Convention.
7:30PM – Camera Headlines (From New York City).
7:45PM – Third Party Convention (From New York City).
8:00PM – Fashions on Parade (From New York City).
8:30PM – Third Party Convention (From New York City).
9:00PM – Wrestling, Jamaica Arena (From New York City).

Saturday, July 24th, 1948 [7]
9:00AM – Sing for Wallace.
9:30AM – Wallace Convention.
1:00PM – Sign Off.
7:00PM – Teletunes.
7:55PM – Program Resume.
8:00PM – Wallace Convention.

Works Cited:

1 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 18 Jul. 1948: B7.
2 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 19 Jul. 1948: 7.
3 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 20 Jul. 1948: 9.
4 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 21 Jul. 1948: 11.
5 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 22 Jul. 1948: 6.
6 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 23 Jul. 1948: 21.
7 “Television.” Hartford Courant. 24 Jul. 1948: 11.


4 Comments

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Walter Compton was DuMont’s first network news anchor, delivering a nightly 15 minute newscast from WTTG in Washington, D.C. at 6:45pm(et), which was relayed to all DuMont affiliates at that time (a mere handful).

    And, of course, Ted Mack revived “THE ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR” on Sundays at 7pm, which quickly became the most watched program on DuMont duirng the 1948-’49 season.

    For one of the few times in network television history, coverage of a THIRD policitical party presidential convention {the Progressives} was carried on July 23rd and 24th, with former Vice President (under F.D.R.) Henry Wallace easily winning the nomination [note the “Sing For Wallace” program just before the start of the second day of the Progressive convention on the 24th- obviously a “paid political program”, drumming up support for Wallace’s eventual acceptance speech that night]. However, when it came Election Day in November, Wallace earned only 2.4% of the popular vote, behind Truman, Dewey, and “Dixiecrat” (and future Senator) Strom Thurmond. Would you believe that Wallace later developed a breed of egg-laying chicken that became the “standard” for all such chickens around the world?

  • Cee Jay says:

    I noticed a show called Doorway To Fame sounds like a percursor to Star Search and American Idol

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    A kinescope of “DOORWAY TO FAME” exists (an excerpt was shown on WNEW-TV’s 1984 40th anniversary special in New York, “Forty Years Of Fine Tuning”, feauturing a dancer accompanied by a piano). It was a simple talent competition, without the “hype” that surrounds “IDOL” and “SEARCH”, Cee Jay.

  • Joseph says:

    Given that WNHC (now WTNH) was the first TV station in Connecticut, I’m a little surprised that they also didn’t carry programs from ABC, CBS and NBC during those early weeks (especially from the two latter networks).

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