Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, November 5th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. Once again, sporting events opened and closed the week: football on Sunday and boxing on Saturday. In between there was another chapter of the film serial The Lost Jungle, an episode of Paul Wing’s Spelling Bee, a play titled “The Farmer Takes a Wife,” an assortment of films and Ernestine Menciotti’s Miniature Opera Group presenting scenes from Carmen. There was also a third installment of “Wings Over the Nation” (also known as “Wings of a Nation”), an educational series about flying. No programs were broadcast on Monday or Tuesday.
Sunday, November 5th, 1939
2:15-5PM – Professional football: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, at Ebbets Field.
8:30-9:30PM – Irene Bordoni, singer; Paul Wing’s Spelling Bee, between artists and models; McClelland Barclay, and others.
Wednesday, November 8th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Louise Irwin, exercises; film serial, “The Lost Jungle,” episode XII, with Clyde Beatty; film, “Barcelona.”; Vaughn de Leath, singer.
8:30-9:30PM – Ernestine Menciotti’s Miniature Opera Group in scenes from “Carmen”; Mildred Dilling’s Harp Sextette.
Thursday, November 9th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Outside telecast, to be announced.
8:30-9:30PM – Film, “The Gang,” with Ralph Reader and Gina Malo.
Friday, November 10th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Films.
8:30-9:30PM – Play: “The Farmer Takes a Wife.”
Saturday, November 11th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – “Wings Over the Nation”–third in a series on aviation and air travel.
9-11PM – Boxing at the Ridgewood Grove Athletic Club, Queens.