WCBW Schedule, Week of December 14th, 1941

Here’s the schedule for WCBW, the CBS station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, December 14th, 1941, straight from daily television listings printed in The New York Times. As always, the station was off the air on Sunday.

Based solely on these listings, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States declaring war on Japan did not lead to significant scheduled changes at WCBW. It’s possible that the listings were sent to The New York Times too far in advance to reflect alterations to he schedule. Or, more likely, the station simply added extra daily news reports while trying to keep to its regular schedule.

It’s unknown whether or not Boys in the Back Room aired this week. Listings for Monday, December 15th included the placeholder “To Be Announced” at 2:45PM. Men at Work featured a pianist, a tap dancer, and a dance group. Ski instructor Fritz Loosli was Bob Edge’s guest for his Tuesday sports program.

The topic for Wednesday’s Table Talk with Helen Sioussat was The Pulpit and the War.

Sunday, December 14th, 1941
No Programs Schedule

Monday, December 15th, 1941 [4]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – To Be Announced
3:15PM – Children’s Story: Arabian Nights
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30PM – Variety Show [Men at Work]: Rolly Rolls, Piano; Sonny Austin, Tap Dancer; Song Spinner, Polly Korchien Dance Group

Tuesday, December 16th, 1941 [5]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Dancing Lesson
3:15PM – Children’s Story
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Tamara, Songs
8:30PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
9-9:30PM – Sports–Bob Edge; Fritz Loosli, Guest

Wednesday, December 17th, 1941 [6]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Table Talk with Helen Sioussat: The Pulpit and the War–Stanley High, Mrs. Sidney Borg, Dr. Alfred McCluny Lee
3:15PM – Children’s Story
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Joan Edwards, Songs
8:30-9:30PM – Country Dance

Thursday, December 18th, 1941 [7]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Metropolitan Museum of Art
3:15PM – Children’s Story
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – Sports-Bob Edge
8:30-9:30PM – Visual Quiz

Friday, December 19th, 1941 [8]
2:30PM – News Reports
2:45PM – Film
3:15PM – Children’s Story
8:00PM – News Reports
8:15PM – National Defense Program
9-10PM – Sports–Bob Edge: Badminton

Saturday, December 20th, 1941 [9]
2:30-4:30PM – Films

Note: Television listings published in newspapers were based on information provided by stations and were subject to change at the last minute. They may not be an accurate representation of what actually aired.

Works Cited:

1 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 15 Dec. 1941: 37.
2 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 16 Dec. 1941: 55.

3 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 17 Dec. 1941: 55.
4 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 18 Dec. 1941: 55.
5 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 19 Dec. 1941: 51.
6 “Radio Today.” New York Times. 20 Dec. 1941: C37.

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