TV Debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair 75 Years Ago Today

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the 1939 World’s Fair and the start of regularly scheduled television broadcasts over station W2XBS in New York City. Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, June 1941

Here are the television listings for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City, published in The New York Times during June 1941. This was the last month in which the station was experimental. Commercial broadcasting began on July 1st and with it the station became WNBT. Although there’s no way of knowing based on … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, May 1941

Here are the television listings for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City, published in The New York Times during May 1941. The somewhat regular Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule introduced the previous month was not as evident this month. Aside from test patterns, the only programs on the air were sporting events. Friday, May 2nd, 1941 … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, April 1941

Here are the television listings for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City, published in The New York Times during April 1941. Notice that by the middle of the month it seems the station had settled upon a fairly regular Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule had developed, featuring baseball, boxing and wrestling. There were, of course, a … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, March 1941

Here are the television listings for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City, published in The New York Times during March 1941. As with the previous month, I don’t know if these were the only days the station was on the air or just the only days The New York Times had listings. The … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, February 1941

NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City went off the air for several months in mid-1940 for technical reasons. It returned in October 1940 but The New York Times did not resume publishing television listings until February 1941. And when the paper did start publishing listings again, they were sporadic, perhaps because the station … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of December 31st, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, December 31st, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times [1]. The week included the last day of 1939 and the first six days of 1940. There were apparently no celebrations to ring … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of December 24th, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, December 24th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. It was an interesting week. It was the last full week of 1939 and the 35th full week since W2XBS began broadcasting on … Continue Reading →