W2XBS Schedule, Week of January 7th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental New York City television station W2XBS, owned by RCA, for the second week of January 1940. Personally, I’d like to know what exactly “newsreel theatre usherettes vs. managers” is and I’m sure Louise Irwin’s “exercises for beauty” would be an interesting thing to see.

Sunday, January 7th, 1940
2:30-3:30PM: “America’s Wings,” a program from La Guardia Field.
8:30-9:30PM: Varieties, with Paul Wing’s spelling bee; newsreel theatre usherettes vs. managers; Julia Sanderson and Frank Crumit, songs.

Wednesday, January 10rd, 1940
2:30-3:30PM: “Wings Over the Nation,” an aviation feature.
8:30-9:30PM: “A Night in Old Vienna,” operetta based on the life of Franz Schubert, with Beatrice Lind, soprano, and Mario Berini, tenor; Louise Irwin, exercises for beauty; the Van Gronas, dancers.

Thursday, January 11th, 1940
8:30-10:00PM: Wrestling at Ridgewood Grove.

Friday, January 12th, 1940
2:30-3:30PM: Films: “Puppet Love”; “Burn ‘Em Up Barnes”; “Thistledown”; “Canadian Gypsies.”
8:30-9:30PM: Play, “Meet the Wife,” by Lynn Starling.

Saturday, January 13th, 1940
2:30-3:40PM: Film, “Slalom.”
9:00-10:00PM: Boxing at Ridgewood Grove.

Sources: “Televiews of Pictures.” New York Times. 7 Jan. 1940: 140.


  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    The January 12th production of “Meet the Wife” was the first to be telecast simultaneously by W2XBS in New York and WRGB [then known as W2XB, until 1942], General Electric’s TV station in Schnenectady, N.Y., beginning a series of regular “network telecasts” between the two stations.

  • EricW says:

    Is it possible that “Puppet Love” was Wladyslaw Starewicz’s “The Mascot“? It’s the right time frame, and “Puppet Love” was one of the alternate titles this film was distributed under.

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