Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, October 22nd, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. The paper noted that broadcasts would finally start airing on Sundays beginning this week while Monday and Tuesday would “become pictureless.” For the most part Monday was already pictureless, however. Sporting events opened and closed the week, with football on Sunday and boxing on Saturday. A variety hour broadcast on Wednesday included something called “Debut Hour” with Allen Prescott; the Internet Movie Database has a page for an Allen Prescott that includes credits for two television programs aired during the late 1940s.
Furthermore, the Gloria Blondell who starred in “The Fortune Hunter” on Friday is likely this Gloria Blondell, younger sister of actress Joan Blondell while Percy Kilbride is probably this Percy Kilbride, the actor who played Pa Kettle in eight Ma and Pa Kettle films opposite Marjorie Main.
Sunday, October 22nd, 1939
2:30PM – Football, Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles at Ebbets Field.
Wednesday, October 25th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Alice Maslin, Facts and Fancies; Vicente Gomez, Guitar; Morisette, Whistler; film serial, “The Lost Jungle”; film, “Midsummer in Sweden”; exercises.
8:30-9:30PM – Variety Hour, John Frederick, hat designer; Debut Hour, with Allen Prescott, and Better Vision Institute program.
Thursday, October 26th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – A Mobile Unit pick-up, to be announced.
8:30-9:30PM – Film, “The Mutiny of the Elsinore,” with Paul Lukas, Lyn Harding and others.
Friday, October 27th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Film, “Pilot X” with John Carroll and Lona Andre.
8:30-9:30PM – “The Fortune Hunter,” by Winchell Smith, with Gloria Blondell, Douglas Gilmore and Percy Kilbride.
Saturday, October 28th, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – “Wings of a Nation,” second in a series on aviation and air travel.
9-11PM – Boxing, at the Ridgewood Grove Arena.