WNBT Schedule, Week of August 3rd, 1947

Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, August 3rd, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

WNBT had four baseball games scheduled during the first week of August 1947. Three saw the New York Giants face off against the Philadelphia Phillies. The fourth pitted the Giants against the Boston Red Sox Braves. The station also aired coverage of trotting races and boxing.

Regular programming included Ringside with Tex and Jinx on Sunday (August 3rd), Kraft Television Theatre on Wednesday (August 6th), and Swift Home Service Club on Friday (August 7th). I believe all three of these aired on NBC’s limited network.

On Monday (August 4th), WNBT aired a 1940 Western film called Trailing Double Trouble. It starred Ray Corrigan and Max Terhune. The first of three scheduled Giants-Phillies baseball games aired on Tuesday (August 5th). Lawyer and author Charles Abrams appeared on Author Meets the Critics on Thursday (August 7th).

The second episode of Disc Magic aired on Friday (August 7th). On Saturday (August 8th), WNBT aired a baseball game between the Giants and the Red Sox.

Sunday, August 3rd, 1947
 8:00PM Tex and Jinx Show [Ringside with Tex and Jinx]
 8:20PM Party Line
 8:50PM Film Shorts
 9:00PM Sunday Supper Club

Monday, August 4th, 1947
 8:00PM Television News
 8:10PM Feature Film: Trailing Double Trouble
 9:05PM Trotting Races, Westbury, L.I.
10:05PM Newsreel

Tuesday, August 5th, 1947
 8:00PM Film Shorts
 8:40PM Baseball: Giants vs. Philadelphia, at Polo Grounds

Wednesday, August 6th, 1947
 2:25PM Baseball: Giants vs. Philadelphia
 7:30PM [Kraft] Television Theatre
 8:30PM In the [Kelvinator] Kitchen–Alma Kitchell

Thursday, August 7th, 1947
 2:25PM Baseball: Giants vs. Philadelphia
 7:50PM Newsreel
 8:00PM Author Meets the Critics: Charles Abrams, Guest Author
 8:30PM Friend of the Family
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:10PM Newsreel

Friday, August 8th, 1947
 1:00PM [Swift] Home Service Club
 1:30PM News and Films
 8:00PM Disk Magic [Disc Magic]
 8:20PM Film: The World in Your Home
 8:30PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden

Saturday, August 9th, 1947
 2:25PM Baseball: Giants vs. Boston

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.


6 Comments

  • Karen Martin says:

    I wonder what Disc Magic (or Disk Magic) was about. A disc jockey playing records? Some type of magic show?

    And back in 1947 were there many people getting into the habit of checking the time in anticipation of their favorite show being broadcast? Or was television still just an expensive novelty bought because it was the latest new gadget, and rarely watched because radio and movies were more entertaining?

    • Patrick McNamara says:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_Merry-Go-Round

      It was probably something with singers shown live doing popular songs. They may have been the original performers or they may have been anonymous singers. Likely much like the musical segments of variety shows.

      Given how limited the broadcast period was, it’s likely people just turned on their TVs at 7 and left them on until 9.

      I’m wondering if the film shorts were the old B&W movie shorts such as the Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton shorts.

      Many of the shows may have been lost but we still have those types of shows on TV. The Kelvinator show would have been an early cooking show. Although it would be interesting to see what they were cooking.

  • James Shell says:

    The Giants’ game against Boston would have been against the Boston Braves, not the Red Sox. There was no interleague play in 1947.

  • Alan says:

    As any fool knows the Braves are from Atlanta

    • Bill McDonnell says:

      The Braves were in Boston at the time. In 1948, they lost to my hometown Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

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