W2XBS Schedule, Week of May 19th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, May 19th, 1940. I don’t know why there were no broadcasts on Sunday or Monday. Maybe there weren’t any films to show. It also seems to me like there were more films shown this week than usual. Only two sporting events, a wrestling match and a race, plus a variety show, a sketch show and a drama.

Tuesday, May 21st, 1940
3:30-4:30PM – Film, “Murder at Midnight.”
6:45-7:00PM – News bulletins.
9:00-11:00PM – Variety show: Mrs. Carveth Wells presenting an illustrated lecture on travel in Mexico and Panama; Moore and Revel, dance team.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 1940
3:30-4:30PM – Films, “Frozen Frolics,” “Let’s See America,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “American Portrait.”
6:45-7:00PM – Lowell Thomas, news.
7:00-7:10PM – Film, “More Power to You.”
9:00-10:00PM – Films, “Jungle Jazz,” an Aesop fable; “Torpedoed,” with Noah Beery.

Thursday, May 23rd, 1940
3:30-4:30PM – Films, “Long Road,” “Law and Lead,” with Rex Bell.
6:45-7:00PM – Lowell Thomas, news.
9:00-10:00PM – Sketch, The Old Book Shop, with Simpson Boys; Joan Hardy’s French lesson; Michael Bartlett, songs; Your American Army–Captain Edwin Glavin.

Friday, May 24th, 1940
3:30-4:50PM – Film: A Fire Has Been Arranged.
6:45-7:00PM – News, Clem McCarthy.
8:45-9:00PM – Television reporter.
9:00-11:00PM – Wrestling, at the Jamaica Arena.

Saturday, May 25th, 1940
2:00-5:00PM – Racing, at Belmont Park–The Metropolitan Handicap.
9:00-10:00PM – Drama, “The Barker,” by Kenyon Nicholson, with Len Doyle, John Craven, Ann Thomas and Judy Parish.

“Telecasts.” New York Times. 19 May 1940: 140.

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