Here’s the schedule for WNBT, the NBC station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, February 9th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
NBC Television Theater presented “Lincoln in Illinois” on Sunday, February 9th. Following the drama was a music program featuring the Boundbrook Chorus, presumably from Bound Brook, New Jersey. Rather than replace The Voice of Firestone Televues, which aired its final installment the previous week, WNBT shifted its regular Monday night boxing bout from 9:20PM to 9:10PM.
The station signed on the air on Tuesday, February 11th for two special programs celebrating the 100th birthday of Thomas Edison. At 8PM, WNBT aired a tribute program. Following at 9:15PM was a centennial dinner broadcast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
WNBT also went on the air on Wednesday, February 12th, this time to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. First up was the 1930 D.W. Griffith film Abraham Lincoln starring Walter Huston. Then came a National Republic Club dinner from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The boxing bout on Friday, February 14th originated from its regular Madison Square Garden location rather than the St. Nicholas Arena, as it had the previous week.
The New York Times printed “No Programs” under WNBT in the TV listings for Saturday, February 15th.
Sunday, February 9th, 1947
8:00PM Dancing on Air
8:35PM Film Short
8:45PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theater]: Lincoln in Illinois
9:15PM Boundbrook Chorus
Monday, February 10th, 1947
8:00PM Feature Film
9:00PM Television Reporter
9:10PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena (To 11)
Tuesday, February 11th, 1947
8:00PM Tribute to Thomas A. Edison
9:15PM Thomas Alva Edison Centennial Dinner: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Wednesday, February 12th, 1947
8:00PM Film: Abraham Lincoln, with Walter Huston
9:30PM National Republic Club Lincoln Day Dinner, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
Thursday, February 13th, 1947
7:50PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
8:45PM Ski News
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:15PM Film Short
Friday, February 14th, 1947
8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla] with Clair Bee
8:20PM Ski News and Films
8:30PM I Love to Eat
8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden
Saturday, February 15th, 1947
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 February 9th, 1947”
I recall reading an article somewhere on boxing being popular during the early days of television because the large heavy television cameras used at the time were difficult to move, so they just aimed the camera at the boxing ring and they could broadcast what was happening in a small area.
The article went on to say that television helped close down the large number of boxing matches once held frequently in arenas across the country. Local boxing matches used to have a full house of spectators who paid to get in to watch the fight, but when people could stay at home and watch free boxing on television the smaller boxing arenas lost their paying audience, which was their main source of income.
Even in 1947, WNBT was STILL presenting D. W. Griffith’s 1930 epic, “Abraham Lincoln”, on Lincoln’s Birthday- which they had done, as “W2XBS”, as early as 1940.