Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, November 19th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. The highlight of the week was the Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast on Thursday, November 23rd from Central Park West. The previous day, chef Rene Chaquaque presented Carving the Turkey, perhaps to help housewives prepare their Thanksgiving feasts. There were also plenty of films, some sporting events, another installment in “Wings Over the Nation,” and a play titled “Three Men on a Horse.”
Sunday, November 19th, 1939
2:15-4:45PM – Football: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Green Bay Packers at Ebbets Field.
8:30-9:30PM – Sunday Varieties, with Paul Draper, tap dancer; explorers; Captain Johnny Craig; and the Harrison Sisters, quartet.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – “The Right and the Wrong of It,” Elizabeth Watts, fashion expert; films, “Gold Diggers of 1946″ and “Touchdown”; Madge Tucker’s Radio Children.
8:30-9:30PM – Rene Chaquaque, chef, on Carving the Turkey; Bob Eichberg’s “Visi Quiz,” and a review of “A Treasury of Art Masterpieces,” with Mable Cobb, narrator.
Thursday, November 23rd, 1939
12-1PM – Thanksgiving Day parade on Central Park West.
8:30-9:45PM – Film, “Stolen Sweets,” with Sally Blane and Charles Starrett.
Friday, November 24th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Films, “Take It Easy”; “Spanish Symphony”; “William Tell Overture”; “March of Time–Dixie U.S.A.”; “Streamlines.”
8:30-9:30PM – Play, “Three Men on a Horse.”
Saturday, November 25th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – “Wings Over the Nation,” a series on aviation.
9-11PM – Boxing, at Ridgewood Grove.