WCBW Schedule, Week of November 9th, 1941

Here’s the schedule for WCBW, the CBS station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, November 9th, 1941, straight from daily television listings printed in The New York Times. As always, the station was off the air on Sunday.

As was the case last week, the listings suggest WCBW was cutting back on the number of test patterns it broadcast every week. There were no test patterns listed Tuesday through Friday.

The daily Children’s Story program this week featured the German legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Monday’s Men at Work variety show featured trampoline act the Three Waltons, plus a pair of comics, a singer, dancers, and more. The comics were Hank Henry and Robert Alda (father of M*A*S*H star Alan Alda). In their act, Alda served as straight man to Henry.

Table Talk with Helen Sioussat was back on Wednesday with activist Dorothy Kenyon; lawyer Harrison Tweed; lawyer Helen Lehman Buttenwieser (wife of banker Benjamin Buttenwieser); and Johnson Stoddard. On Friday, the station aired a United China Relief Benefit hosted by Dr. James E. West. That might be the same James E. West who served as the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

Sunday, November 9th, 1941
No Programs Scheduled

Monday, November 10th, 1941 [1]
2:00PM – Test Pattern
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Boys in the Back Room
3:15PM – Children’s Story: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
7:30PM – Test Pattern
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30PM – Variety Show [Men at Work]: Three Waltons, Hank Henry and Robert Alda, Comics; Ricco De Sierra, Songs; Carroll and Sherode, Dancers; Others.

Tuesday, November 11th, 1941 [2]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Dancing Lesson
3:15PM – Children’s Story: Pied Piper of Hamelin
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
9-9:30PM – Sports–Bob Edge

Wednesday, November 12th, 1941 [3]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Table Talk with Helen Sioussat: Dorothy Kenyon, Harrison Tweed, Johnson Stoddard, Mrs. Benjamin Buttenwieser
3:15PM – Children’s Story: Pied Piper of Hamlin
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30-9:30PM – Country Dance

Thursday, November 13th, 1941 [4]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
3:15PM – Children’s Story: Pied Piper of Hamlin
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Sports-Bob Edge
8:30-9:30PM – Visual Quiz

Friday, November 14th, 1941 [5]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Film
3:15PM – Children’s Story: Pied Piper of Hamlin
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – United China Relief Benefit; Dr. James E. West and Others
9-10PM – Sports–Bob Edge: Badminton

Saturday, November 15th, 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. 10 Nov. 1941: 36.
2 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 11 Nov. 1941: 44.
3 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 12 Nov. 1941: 44.
4 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 13 Nov. 1941: 54.
5 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 14 Nov. 1941: 46.
6 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 15 Nov. 1941: C32.


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