Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, December 24th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. It was an interesting week. It was the last full week of 1939 and the 35th full week since W2XBS began broadcasting on April 30th. The station was off the air on Christmas Day (Monday, December 25th) but did air two Christmas programs: a pantomime version of Cinderella on Sunday, December 24th and Christmas Folk Dances on Wednesday, December 27th, plus an Ice Carnival (also on Sunday). Included in Wednesday’s programming was Dinah Shore in what could have been her television debut. There was one full length feature film aired during the week, 1934’s Four Masked Men, one sporting even, boxing at Ridgewood grove, and one play, “Post Road,” by Wilbur Steele and Norma Mitchell.
I’d be interested in seeing Dinah Shore’s singing as well as Nelson’s Boxing Cats and the President’s Birthday Ball.
Sunday, December 24th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Ice Carnival, featuring the St. Regis Bustles, at Rockefeller Center Skating Pond.
8:30-9:30PM – “Cinderella,” a Christmas pantomime by Madge Tucker, with Ireene Wicker and Jolly Bill Steinke.
Wednesday, December 27th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Dinah Shore, songs; film serials, Episode III, “Burn ‘Em Up Barnes”; film travelogue, “Across the Andes”; Christmas Folk Dances.
8:30-9:30PM – Midweek Varieties, with Mable Cobb reviewing “World Famous Paintings,” Marjorie Moffatt, Monologue, Ink Spots, Nelson’s Boxing Cats, “Rosamunde,” musical film.
Thursday, December 28th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – “Wings Over the Nation”–servicing a transport ship at La Guardia Field.
8:30-9:25PM – Film, “Four Masked Men.”
Friday, December 29th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Films, “Land of the Shining Mountains”; “March of Time–Metropolis, 1939”; “See How They Run”; “Landbuilders.”
8:30-9:40PM – Play, “Post Road,” by Wilbur Steele and Norma Mitchell.
Saturday, December 30th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – President’s Birthday Ball program; films, “Skiing in the Pongau”; “Stop That Car”; “Overture to William Tell”; “Pinocchio,” by Sue Hastings Marionettes.
9-11PM – Boxing: Ridgewood Grove.