Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, May 11th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
WNBT only had one baseball game scheduled this week, on Sunday (May 11th). The afternoon game pitted the New York Giants against the Boston Braves. Another installment of At Home with Tex and Jinx aired at 8PM ET, followed by a tennis clinic.
The 1936 film Idaho Kid, starring Rex Bell, Marion Shilling, and David Sharpe, aired at 8PM ET on Monday (May 12th).
On Tuesday (May 13th), WNBT televised the opening of a special Radio Corporation of America exhibition at 36th West Forty-ninth Street. It featured television and other devices, including an electron microscope. At the time, NBC was a subsidiary of RCA.
Kraft Television Theatre presented “Merton of the Movies,” starring Eddie Mayehoff, on Wednesday (May 14th).
Brothers Nick and Charles Kenny, both poets and songwriters, were guests on the Thursday (May 15th) variety show hosted by Harriet Van Horne and James Beard.
WNBT broadcast a mock air raid at noon on Friday (May 16th). WCBS also carried the air raid. At 1PM, WNBT debuted a new afternoon lineup with the premiere of The Swift Home Service Club. Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg were the hosts. Sponsored by Swift & Co., the series initially aired only on WNBT. Swift became the first “full-network” sponsor when the series began airing on WNBW and WPTZ in November.
The Withers Stakes thoroughbred horse race aired on Saturday (May 17th). The TV listings in The New York Times don’t include a time but according to radio listings, the race took place at 4:30PM ET.
Sunday, May 11th, 1947
2:05PM Baseball: Giants vs. Boston, at Polo Grounds
8:00PM At Home with Tex and Jinx
8:30PM Tennis Clinic
Monday, May 12th, 1947
8:00PM Film: Idaho Kid, with Rex Bell
9:00PM Television News
9:10PM Boxing, at St. Nicholas Arena
Tuesday, May 13th, 1947
3:00PM Opening of RCA Exhibition Hall
Wednesday, May 14th, 1947
7:30PM Drama [Kraft Television Theatre]: Merton of the Movies, with Eddie Mayehoff
8:30PM In the [Kelvinator] Kitchen–Alma Kitchell
Thursday, May 15th, 1947
7:50PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Juvenile Jury
8:30PM Variety Program, with Harriet Van Horne and James Beard; Nick and Charles Kenny, Guests
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:10PM In Town Today
9:20PM Television Newsreel
Friday, May 16th, 1947
12:00PM Mock Air Raid Over New York
1:00PM [Swift] Home Service Club: Walter Florell, Guest
1:40PM Tatiana Angeline, Soprano
1:45PM Film: Leda and the Elephant
8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla], With Clair Bee
8:15PM World in Your Home–Film
8:30PM Photo Carnival, 71st St. Regiment Armory
9:15PM Boxing St. Nicholas Arena
Saturday, May 17th, 1947
[4:30PM] Racing: Withers, Belmont
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.