Here’s the schedule for WNBT, the NBC station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, January 5th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for TV stations alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
The first full week of 1947 was nearly identical to the previous week. The one big exception was President Harry S. Truman’s State of the Union address, delivered on Monday, January 6th.
According to The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (8th ed.), Tele-Varieties (also known as Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties) made its NBC network debut on Sunday, January 5th. Previously, it aired solely on WNBT in New York City.
There were no programs listed for Tuesday, January 7th or Wednesday, January 8th. The previous week, WNBT broadcast films and coverage of New Year’s Eve at Times Square on Tuesday, December 31st. On Saturday, January 11th, the station aired film shorts and a feature film.
Sunday, January 5th, 1947
8:00PM Face to Face – Cartoon Quiz
8:35PM Film Feature
9:00PM Variety Show
Monday, January 6th, 1947
1:00PM President Truman Addressing Joint Session of Congress
8:00PM Feature Film
8:20PM Television Reporter
8:40PM Televues [The Voice of Firestone Televues]
8:45PM Boxing St. Nicholas Arena (To 11)
Tuesday, January 7th, 1947
No Programs Listed
Wednesday, January 8th, 1947
No Programs Listed
Thursday, January 9th, 1947
7:50PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
Friday, January 10th, 1947
8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla]
8:20PM Let’s Rhumba
8:30PM I Love to Eat
8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden
Saturday, January 11th, 1947
8:00PM Film Shorts
8:30PM Feature Film
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.
2 Replies to “WNBT Schedule, Week of January 5th, 1947”
Wow, on Friday you get to see ten minutes of “Let’s Rhumba” followed by “I Love to Eat.” That appears to be the backwards version of the former standard date night of dinner and dancing.
President Truman’s speech to Congress on January 6th, 1947 was likely that year’s State Of The Union address, and was the first such speech to be telecast on a network (but it’s possible the 1946 speech may have been seen locally in Washington on WTTG).