TV Guide Close-Up: Gemini 4 Space Flight Guide

Here’s a TV Guide Close-Up from May 1965 promoting coverage of the Gemini 4 (or Gemini IV) space flight on all three networks:

Scanned black and white TV Guide Close-Up for the Gemini 4 space flight

TV Guide Close-Up for the Gemini 4 space flight – Copyright 1965 Triangle Publications, Inc.

The networks started their coverage of the Gemini 4 space flight two days before launch. Or at least NBC did, airing an hour-long preview on Tuesday, June 1st. All three networks aired previews the following day. Coverage of the launch began at 7AM on Thursday, June 3rd and continued the following day.

Gemini 4 was the Gemini program’s second manned mission. James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White II circled the Earth more than 60 times over the course of four days. White also carried out the first American space walk.

This particular Close-Up is from the Western New England Edition of TV Guide. Channel 7 was WNAC-TV in Boston, MA (ABC); Channel 20 was WATR-TV in Waterbury, CT (ABC); Channel 40 was WHYN-TV in Springfield, MA (ABC); Channel 8 was WNHC-TV in New Haven, CT (ABC); Channel 3 was WTIC-TV in Hartford, CT (CBS); Channel 5 was WHDH-TV in Boston, MA (CBS); Channel 4 was WBZ-TV in Boston, MA (NBC); Channel 22 was WWLP in Springfield, MA (NBC); Channel 30 was WHNB-TV in West Hartford, CT (NBC); Channel 32 was WRLP in Northfield, MA (NBC); and Channel 79 was WHNB-TV in Waterbury, CT (NBC).

Image Credit:
TV Guide, May 29, 1965 (Vol. 13, No. 22), Western New England Edition, A-51.

5 Replies to “TV Guide Close-Up: Gemini 4 Space Flight Guide”

  1. Is this from 1964 or 1965? You mention May 1964 at the top but all the other days of the week and the issue reference align with May/June 1965.

  2. If my memory serves me correct, NBC broadcast the Gemini 4 launch in color; the first ever live color telecast of a space launch.

    For Gemini 5 that August (and all space shots to follow), all three networks carried the launch in color.

  3. As had been the case since the Mercury days, Jules Bergman (ABC), Walter Cronkite (CBS) and Frank McGee (NBC) were at the anchor desk.

    I believe that during the launch, all three of them were at Cape Canaveral, and as a result, Peter Jennings (ABC), Mike Wallace (CBS) and the team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley (NBC)_ were “sub-anchors” in Houston, where the new Mission Control was being used or the first time.

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