Blog Highlight: Historical TV Schedules
TV schedules published in newspapers are often the only source of information for programming broadcast in the 1930s and 1940s. Below you'll find indexes to historical TV schedules for a number of local TV stations.
W2XBS (New York City)
A true television pioneer, this experimental NBC station introduced the first regularly scheduled TV broadcasting in April 1939. Listings originally published in The New York Times.
WNBT (New York City)
Formerly W2XBS, this was the only TV station in the country ready for sponsors when commercial broadcasting began in July 1941. Listings originally published in The New York Times.
WCBW (New York City)
The CBS station in New York City--formerly known as W2XAB--received commercial call letters in July 1941 but wasn't quite ready to take on sponsors. Listings originally published in The New York Times.
WNHC-TV (New Haven, CT)
The first television station in Connecticut signed on the air in June 1948 as an early DuMont affiliate. Listings originally published in The Hartford Courant.
WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee, WI)
This NBC affiliate was the first television station in Wisconsin and one of only a handful in the Midwest when it signed on the air in December 1947. Listings originally published in The Milwaukee Journal.
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.