WCBW Schedule, Week of November 16th, 1941

Here’s the schedule for WCBW, the CBS station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, November 16th, 1941, straight from daily television listings printed in The New York Times. As always, the station was off the air on Sunday.

The only test pattern broadcast by this week was on Saturday. Otherwise, at least based on these TV listings, WCBW was completely test pattern free.

This week’s Children’s Story program featured “A Voyage to Lilliput,” likely an adaptation of the first part of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Monday’s Men at Work variety show featured acrobats, dancers, the Singing Debs, a comedian, and a tap dancer. I believe comedian Eddie Maye Hoff is the same Eddie Mayehoff who was later one of the hosts of the pioneering NBC variety show Hour Glass from 1946 to 1947.

The station continued to toy with its Friday schedule, this week airing amateur films at 8:15PM.

Sunday, November 16th, 1941
No Programs Scheduled

Monday, November 17th, 1941 [1]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Boys in the Back Room
3:15PM – Children’s Story: A Voyage to Lilliput
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30PM – Variety Show [Men at Work]: Ried and Mack, Acrobats; Franco and Beryle, Dancers; Singing Debs; Eddie Maye Hoff, Comedian; George Church, Tap Dancer.

Tuesday, November 18th, 1941 [2]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Dancing Lesson
3:15PM – Children’s Story: A Voyage to Lilliput
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
9-9:30PM – Sports–Bob Edge

Wednesday, November 19th, 1941 [3]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Table Talk with Helen Sioussat
3:15PM – Children’s Story: A Voyage to Lilliput
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30-9:30PM – Country Dance

Thursday, November 20th, 1941 [4]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
3:15PM – Children’s Story: A Voyage to Lilliput
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Sports-Bob Edge
8:30-9:30PM – Visual Quiz

Friday, November 21st, 1941 [5]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Film
3:15PM – Children’s Story: A Voyage to Lilliput
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Amateur Films
9-10PM – Sports–Bob Edge: Badminton

Saturday, November 22nd, 1941 [6]
2:00PM – Test Pattern
2:30-4:30PM – Films

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 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 17 Nov. 1941: 36.
2 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 18 Nov. 1941: 50.
3 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 19 Nov. 1941: 44.
4 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 20 Nov. 1941: 54.
5 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 21 Nov. 1941: 34.
6 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 22 Nov. 1941: 30.


1 Comment

  • Joseph says:

    I suspect there probably was a test pattern for 15 to 30 minutes prior to the start of each day’s programming, although not listed.

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