Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, October 29th, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times. This was the second week to feature the station’s latest schedule overall in which no broadcasts were made on Monday or Tuesday. Football opened the week on Sunday, boxing was featured on Wednesday and football wrapped things up on Saturday. Saturday also featured a dramatization of Treasure Island. There seem to be an unusual number of films due to the loss of the Tuesday variety hour; this was offset by Sunday’s hour of exposition on exploration. Other programming included marionettes, a stylist named Elizabeth Watts, another installment of The Lost Jungle, and a fashion show.
Sunday, October 29th, 1939
2:30-5PM – Football: New York Giants versus Brooklyn Dodgers, at Ebbets Field.
8:30-9:30PM – Captain Bob Bartlett, motion pictures of his Arctic explorations; talks by explorers.
Wednesday, November 1st, 1939
2:30-3:30PM – Elizabeth Watts, stylist, on “The Right and Wrong of It”; film serial, “The Lost Jungle,” Episode XI, with Clyde Beatty; film, “Oberon Overture”; Alison Skipworth, actress, interviewed.
9:30-11PM – Boxing: Tony Canzoneri versus Al Davis and preliminaries at Madison Square Garden.
Thursday, November 2nd, 1939
2:30-3:45PM – Film, “Two Minutes to Play.”
8:30-9:30PM – Variety show: Gaige’s Cooking Scandals; Buffano’s marionettes; fashion show.
Friday, November 3rd, 1939
2:30-4PM – Film, “Forty Girls and a Baby.”
8:30-9:40PM – Film, “Young and Beautiful,” with William Haines.
Saturday, November 4th, 1939
2:30-5PM – Football: N.Y.U. versus Lafayette College.
8:30-9:45PM – “Treasure Island,” dramatized.