W2XBS Schedule, Week of August 6th, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, August 6th, 1939, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. There was plenty of tennis, from the Westchester Country Club, as well as the usual variety programming and news. Something titled “Do You Want to Be a Model?” with Walter Thornton and June Hynd was aired on Wednesday, August 9th. And over the course of Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th Jean Harlow’s Hell’s Angels, originally released in 1930, was broadcast.

Tuesday, August 8th, 1939
12-1:00PM – Chaminade Birthday program, with James Francis Cooke, editor of The Etude, and Henrietta Scheemann, pianist; films; Jean Sablon, singer, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Film, “Mlle. Mozart,” with Danielle Darrieux.

Wednesday, August 9th, 1939
12-1:00PM – “Do You Want to Be a Model?” Walter Thornton and June Hynd; films; George Ross, Broadway columnist, and news.
4-5:00PM – First day preliminary matches of the Eastern grass court tennis championships, at the Westchester Country Club.

Thursday, August 10th, 1939
12-1:00PM – Fashion show; films; “Rhythmic Exercises.” Steffi Nossen and Alice Maslin, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Film, Part I of “Hell’s Angels,” with Jean Harlow.

Friday, August 11th, 1939
12-1:00PM – “Etching,” Victor D’Amico of the Museum of Modern Art; Edison day program, “Dunking,” Evelyn Orr, and news.
2:30-5:00PM – Elimination matches of the Eastern grass court tennis matches.
8:30-9:30PM – Film, Part II of “Hell’s Angels.”

Saturday, August 12th, 1939
2:30-5:00PM – Finals of women’s singles and semi-finals of men’s and women’s doubles of Eastern grass court tennis matches.


“On the Television Front.” New York Times. 6 Aug. 1939: X10.

One Reply to “W2XBS Schedule, Week of August 6th, 1939”

  1. “Mademoiselle Mozart” was a light French musical comedy from 1935 (released in the U.S. in 1937, and first seen on American television over W2XBS in August 1939), with subtitles. Not many people know about it today…

    “Hell’s Angels”- now there was a “World Premiere”- and in “two parts”, yet! The film’s running time is 127 minutes, and W2XBS definitely had a “time limit” as to how long they could telecast each evening {“We will present the conclusion of ‘Hell’s Angels’ tomorrow evening, at this same time. Now how about listening to the radio, huh? You’re missing the middle of that great summer replacement for ‘GOOD NEWS OF 1939’ on WEAF [NBC]… GET-THE-MESSAGE?? GOOD NIGHT!!!”}. Produced (by eventually directed)by Howard Hughes himself, and released through United Artists [although Hughes eventually bought all rights to it, and eventually screened it hundreds of times in his own projection room, later in life: it was his personal favorite of all the movies he was involved in], it made Jean Harlow a star {“Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?” was her most memorable line in the entire film}.

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