W2XBS Schedule, Week of July 9th, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, July 9th, 1939, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. The schedule for Thursday, July 13th is confused due to differences in the day’s daily listings and the weekly listings published earlier on Sunday. I’ve included both for comparison. Otherwise, the weekly listings were either identical to the daily listings or more comprehensive. You can learn all about the theremin, a very unusual electronic instrument that was demonstrated on Tuesday, July 11th by Mary Huntington at Theremin World.

Tuesday, July 11th, 1939
12:00-1:00PM – May Singhi Breen and Peter De Rose, the Sweethearts of the Air, celebrating their sixteenth anniversary in radio with Graham McNamee and Milton Cross, announcers; films; Mary Huntington demonstrating the theremin, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – “Confessional,” a drama by Percival Wilde, with Wilmer Walter, Earle Larimore, Edmonia Nolley, Helen Harvey, Cliff Carpenter and James Spottswoode; also Fowler and Tamara, dancers; Georgie Harris, comedian, and the Koralites, a speaking choir.

Wednesday, July 12th, 1939 [1]
12:00-1:00PM – Film: George Washington’s Virginia; A Living Book Review; George Ross, Columnist; Gypsy Rose Lee Interviewed; News.
8:30-10:00PM – Film: There Goes the Bride, with Jessie Matthews, Owen Nares.

Thursday, July 13th, 1939 [2]
(Weekly Listings)
12:00-1:15PM – Book Review; Films: The Negro, Termites; Doll Modeling; News.
8:30-9:30PM – Musical Rubberneck Tour of Manhattan, from Films.

(Daily Listings)
12:00-1:00PM – Madge Tucker and her radio children; films; Alice Maslin interviewing Dewees Cochran on doll modeling, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Phil Loeb, singer; the Three Sailors, comedians; the Jim Wong Troupe, and the Virginians, a singing sextet.

Friday, July 14th, 1939
12:00-1:00PM – Bastille Day programs; films; Wilma Baily, singer, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Variety program, with Pamela Nape and Jane Burkhalter in “La Danse des Parfums”; Dr. C. C. Clark demonstrating brain waves, and Vaughn De Leath, songstress.

Saturday, July 15th, 1939
8:30-10:00PM – Mia Slavenska, Yvette Chauvire, Janine Charrat and dancers of the French National Opera in “Ballerina,” a French film with English subtitles.


“Notes on Television.” New York Times. 9 Jul. 1939: 117.

Works Cited:

1 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 12 Jul. 1939: 26.
2 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 13 Jul. 1939: 41.

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