Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, October 12th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
There was little of note this week on WNBT’s schedule. Author Meets the Critics and NBC Television Theatre aired again on (October 12th). News, film shorts, and boxing aired on Monday (October 13th).
There were no programs scheduled on Tuesday (October 14th).
As usual, Kraft Television Theatre and In the Kelvinator Kitchen aired on Wednesday (October 15th).
Another installment of Seven Lively Arts Quiz aired at 8:00PM ET on Thursday (October 16th). Something called “To the Queens’ Taste” followed at 8:20PM. The 1944 film I’m from Arkansas aired at 8:50PM.
On Friday (October 17th), another installment of Lou Little’s football program aired at 8:00PM ET.A football game between Columbia and Pennsylvania aired during the afternoon on Saturday (October 18th).
Sunday, October 12th, 1947
2:15PM Football: Giants vs. Washington
8:00PM Author Meets the Critics
8:30PM Film Shorts
9:00PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theatre]
Monday, October 13th, 1947
8:00PM Television Newsreel
8:10PM Film Shorts
8:40PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
Tuesday, October 14th, 1947
No Programs Scheduled
Wednesday, October 15th, 1947
7:30PM [Kraft] Television Theatre: Therese
8:30PM In the [Kelvinator] Kitchen–Alma Kitchell
Thursday, October 16th, 1947
7:50PM Television News
8:00PM Seven Lively Arts Quiz
8:20PM To the Queens’ Taste
8:30PM Musical Merry-Go-Round
8:50PM Film: I’m from Arkansas
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:10PM Trotting Races, Roosevelt Raceway
Friday, October 17th, 1947
1:00PM [Swift] Home Service Club; Tex and Jinx
1:30PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Football–Lou Little
8:20PM Film: The World in Your Home
8:42PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
Saturday, October 18th, 1947
1:45PM Football: Columbia vs. Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia
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.
One Reply to “WNBT Schedule, Week of October 12th, 1947”
The Columbia/Penn football game listed for October 18th was likely produced by WPTZ (now KYW) Philadelphia and fed to New York for WNBT to simulcast.
This was probably one of the very first instances of a “road” game of a sports team (whether collegiate or professional) being beamed back to the visiting team’s home city.
Within a decade, many professional teams would begin televising road games back to the team’s home city. In some cases, these road games would be the only games of the team viewers would be able to watch on TV since home games in some cases were blacked-out to protect live attendance.
And the NFL began home-game TV blackouts in the early 1950’s, continuing this practice until 1973. It took an act of Congress to change the policy, allowing for sold-out home NFL games to be televised. Since most NFL games sold-out, fans in many NFL cities suddenly could see all 14 (later all sixteen) regular-season games of their local NFL club on TV.