Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, March 2nd, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
WNBT kicked off the week with another installment of NBC Television Theater on Sunday, March 2nd. “Where There’s a Will” featured Carol Goodner, Mary Patton, Cyrilla Dorn, and Alexander Clark. On Monday, March 3rd, the station aired a special Alexander Graham Bell birthday tribute.
WNBT signed on the air on Wednesday, March 5th to show a sports film and a speech by FCC Chairman Charles R. Denny, delivered at an Institute of Radio Engineers dinner. An income tax quiz aired in place of the regular short film on Thursday, March 6th.
Of particular interest to me is the lengthy New York Herald Tribune Forum for High Schools broadcast on Saturday, March 8th. An article published the following day in the The New York Times described the forum. It featured 21 speakers ranging from Senator Irving M. Ives (R-New York) to Lester B. Pearson, Canadian Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs. Other speakers included Nelson A. Rockefeller, former Georgia governor Ellis Arnall, Pan American World Airways president Juan Trippe, test pilot Tony LeVier, and actress Ingrid Bergman.
Bergman, according to The New York Times, “defended ‘escape’ movies and said she hoped both realistic and escape types of films would be turned out.” Assuming WNBT broadcast her speech, it may well have been her first television appearance.
Some 3,600 students from 744 high schools in the NYC metropolitan area participated in the forum, which took place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Half attended the morning session and the other half the afternoon session. A handful of students were given the opportunity to speak at the forum. Presumably, they also appeared on television. How many families gathered in homes and bars to watch their children on TV?
WNBT also aired an unidentified feature film on Saturday.
Sunday, March 2nd, 1947
8:00PM Dancing on Air
8:35PM Short Film
8:40PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theater]: Where There’s a Will, with Carol Goodner, Mary Patton, Cyrilla Dorn, Alexander Clark
Monday, March 3rd, 1947
8:00PM Books on Trial
8:30PM Alexander Graham Bell Birthday Tribute
9:00PM Television Reporter
9:10PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
Tuesday, March 4th, 1947
No Programs Scheduled
Wednesday, March 5th, 1947
8:00PM Film: Batting Stars of Baseball
8:30PM Charles R. Denny, FCC Chairman, at Institute of Radio Engineers Dinner, Hotel Commodore
Thursday, March 6th, 1947
7:50PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
8:45PM Ski News
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:15PM Income Tax Quiz
Friday, March 7th, 1947
8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla] with Clair Bee
8:20PM Ski News and Films
8:30PM I Love to Eat
8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden
Saturday, March 8th, 1947
9:45AM-12:30PM N.Y. Herald Tribune High School Forum
1:45PM-5:00PM N.Y. Herald Tribune High School Forum
8:00PM Feature Film
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.
“Teacher Pay Rises Held Inescapable; Senator Ives at Herald Tribune Forum Warns We May Have to Skimp to Pay Them.” New York Times. 9 Mar. 1947: 29.