WNBT Schedule, Week of October 26th, 1941

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s commercial station WNBT in New York City for the week starting Sunday, October 26th, 1941, straight from daily television listings printed in The New York Times. The station was off the air on Thursday for reasons unknown, as was the case the previous two weeks.

Sports for the week included football on Sunday, boxing on Monday, wrestling on Tuesday, and another football game on Saturday.

I believe the film shown on Friday, October 31st — The Headleys at Home from 1938 — is considered a “lost film” today and no existing prints are known to exist. On the subject of movies, there was a program called “Old Time Movies” on Tuesday.

Highlights for the week included another “Believe It or Not” program, with Robert L. Ripley; and another “Radio City Matinee” on Wednesday, with guest Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, Chairman of the Board of the Radio Corporation of America, which owned WNBT.

Other programs for the week included programs with WNBT regulars Jack Smith and Harvey Harding, plus Face of the War with Sam Cuff.

Sunday, October 26th, 1941 [1]
2:15-5PM – Football: Dodgers vs. Giants, Ebbets Field

Monday, October 27th, 1941 [2]
8-9PM – Test Pattern
9:00PM – Weather Forecast
9:01-11PM – Boxing, Jamaica Arena

Tuesday, October 28th, 1941 [3]
1-3:30PM – Test Pattern
3:30PM – Film: Dixie
4:15PM – Film: Farmers and Defense
4:30-5PM – Test Pattern
8-9PM – Test Pattern
9:00PM – Weather Forecast
9:01PM – Jack Smith’s Prevues
9:30PM – Old Time Movies
9:45PM – Wrestling: Ridgewood Grove

Wednesday, October 29th, 1941 [4]
1-3:30PM – Test Pattern
3:30PM – Radio City Matinee, Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, Guest
4:30-5PM – Test Pattern
7:30-8:30PM – Test Pattern
8:30PM – Film: Indo-China
9:00PM – Weather Forecast
9:01PM – Broadway Brevities
9:10PM – Film: Hi, Slouch
9:25PM – News-Ray Forrest

Thursday, October 30th, 1941
No Programs Scheduled

Friday, October 31st, 1941 [5]
1-3:30PM – Test Pattern
3:30PM – Film: Headleys at Home
8:30PM – Believe It or Not–Robert L. Ripley
9PM – Harvey Harding’s Sociable
9:20PM – Face of the War-Sam Cuff

Saturday, November 1st, 1941 [6]
2PM – Football: Columbia vs. Cornell
8:30PM – Saturday Night Jamboree

Note: Television listings published in newspapers were based on information provided by stations and were subject to change at the last minute. They may not be an accurate representation of what actually aired.

Works Cited:

1 “Television Highlights.” New York Times. 26 Oct. 1941: X10.
2 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 27 Oct. 1941: 34.
3 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 28 Oct. 1941: 46.
4 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 29 Oct. 1941: 44.
5 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 31 Oct. 1941: 44.
6 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 1 Nov. 1941: C30.


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