W2XBS Schedule, Week of July 30th, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, July 30th, 1939, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. The paper reported that W2XBS planned to shake up its weekly, ten-hour schedule by focusing more on sporting events (thanks to the return of its mobile truck) and adding several nights of “full-length motion pictures” [1]. Furthermore, the station’s studio at Radio City would be closed until August 29th for remodeling, so live shows from that location were out. For the first week of August, however, there weren’t any sporting events and only a few full-length movies.

An outdoor pick-up scheduled for Friday, August 4th from 4-5PM was included in the weekly listings but wasn’t part of the day’s daily listings, suggesting it never took place.

Tuesday, August 1st, 1939
12:00-1:00PM – Melville Clark, Irish harp; films; Gloria Grant, singer, and news.
8:30-9:30PM – Jean Murat, Claude May, Saturnin Fabre and Serge Grave, in “Generals Without Buttons,” a French film with English subtitles.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 1939
12:00-1:00PM – The storytone, a new musical instrument; films; George Ross, Broadway columnist, and news.
4:00-5:00PM – Life-saving demonstration by the American Red Cross at Astoria Pool.

Thursday, August 3rd, 1939
12:00-1:00PM – Fashion show; films; info from the American Hair Design Institute on correct coiffures; news.
8:30-9:30PM – “Edge of the World,” with John Laurie, Bell Chrystall, Eric Berry, Kitty Kerwin and Nial MacGinnis.

Friday, August 4th, 1939 [1]
12:00-1:00PM – Bernice Allstock, Songs; Films; Cigar-Etiquette, Rose Marie Bourdillon; News.
8:30-9:45PM – Film, Pearls of the Crown.

Saturday, August 5th, 1939
4-5:00PM – Water ballet at Manhattan Beach.

Works Cited:
1 “Television Plans for August.” New York Times. 30 Jul. 1939: X10.
2 “Today on the Radio.” New York Times. 4 Aug. 1939: 9.