W2XBS Schedule, Week of December 31st, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, December 31st, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times [1]. The week included the last day of 1939 and the first six days of 1940. There were apparently no celebrations to ring … Continue Reading →

WSUN-TV Debuts, May 31st, 1953

WSUN-TV Channel 38 in St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida, began broadcasting at 4:15PM on Sunday, May 31st, 1953 with a dedicating ceremony featuring Samuel G. Johnson, mayor of St. Petersburg, Curtis Hixon, mayor of Tampa and Herbert Brown, mayor of Clearwater [1]. At 4:45PM a 15-minute NBC newsreel was presented and then the evening’s programming began in … Continue Reading →

Bookshelf: Wagon Train #4 (Comic)

Wagon Train #4 First Published Jan.-March 1960 Published by Dell Publishing Co., Inc. According to the indicia, Dell published its Wagon Train comic quarterly at a subscription rate of 40 cents a year for the United States, its possessions and Canada. Each issue thus cost 10 cents. Pan-American and foreign countries had to pay 70 … Continue Reading →

Robert Culp (1930-2010)

Actor Robert Culp, who starred alongside Bill Crosby I Spy from 1965-1968, passed away today at the age of 79. His television career began, according to the Internet Movie Database, in 1953 with an episode of You Are There, and continued with appearances on anthologies like The United States Steel Hour, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and … Continue Reading →

Nielsen Top Ten, December 18th – December 24th, 1972

Here are the first ten programs from the fifteenth week of the 1972-1973 television season, which ran from Monday, December 18th, 1972 through Sunday, December 24th, 1972. I don’t have access to the complete Nielsen report but Bill was kind enough to send me the Top Ten. CBS and All in the Family were, not … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: Father Knows Best

Every Tuesday I take a look at obscure and/or classic television programs, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies being released on DVD. For the record I consider anything broadcast prior to 1980 to be classic or else there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The releases referred to in these posts are encoded for Region 1 use … Continue Reading →

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