Index to W2XBS/WNBT Historical TV Schedules: 1941

Here’s an index to television listings from 1941 for experimental New York City station W2XBS, which in July 1941 became commercial station WNBT. These listings were originally published in The New York Times. The station was founded in 1928 by the Radio Corporation of America and in April 1939 began the first regularly scheduled (but still experimental) television broadcasts in the United States.

The station went off the air in August 1940 so that its channel allocation could be shifted and did not start broadcasting again until late October. The New York Times did not resume publishing listings until February 1941.When FCC-sanctioned commercial television began in July 1941, W2XBS became WNBT, the only station in the country ready for sponsors.

As W2XBS (Experimental)

As WNBT (Commercial)

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.


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