Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, October 19th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
An afternoon football game on Sunday (October 19th) between the New York Giants and the Boston Yanks kicked off WNBT’s schedule this week. Later that night were installments of Author Meets the Critics and NBC Television Theatre.
On Monday (October 20th), WNBT began broadcasting coverage of the sixteenth New York Herald-Tribune Forum, held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. Additional live broadcasts were aired on Tuesday (October 21st) and Wednesday (October 22nd). Speakers at the three day forum included Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, Atomic Energy Commission chairman David E. Lilienthal, and Elizabeth Gray Vining (tutor to the Crown Prince of Japan).
Another installment of Seven Arts Quiz aired on Thursday (October 23rd), followed by a film called Downtown Quarterback. Also airing Thursday were Musical Merry-Go-Round, You Are an Artist, and a program called “Capital Citizen.”
On Friday (October 24th), Edward Wagner was the guest on Swift Home Service Club. That evening, John R. Saunders was the guest on In Town Today. At 10PM ET, all three stations in New York City carried an address by President Truman regarding a special session of Congress.
An afternoon football game aired on Saturday (October 25th), likely relayed from WPTZ, NBC’s affiliate in Philadelphia.
Sunday, October 19th, 1947
2:15PM Football: Giants vs. Boston, Polo Grounds
8:00PM Author Meets the Critics
8:30PM Film Shorts
9:00PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theatre]
Monday, October 20th, 1947
8:00PM Television Newsreel
8:15PM New York Herald-Tribune Forum, Waldorf Astoria
9:50PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
Tuesday, October 21st, 1947
2:30PM New York Herald-Tribune Forum, Waldorf Astoria
8:00PM New York Herald-Tribune Forum, Waldorf Astoria
Wednesday, October 22nd, 1947
7:30PM [Kraft] Television Theatre: The Man Who Changed His Name
8:30PM In the [Kelvinator] Kitchen–Alma Kitchell
8:45PM New York Herald-Tribune Forum, Waldorf Astoria
Thursday, October 23rd, 1947
7:50PM Television News
8:00PM Seven Arts Quiz
8:30PM Film: Downtown Quarterback
8:40PM Musical Merry-Go-Round
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:10PM Film Shorts
9:15PM Capital Citizen
Friday, October 24th, 1947
1:00PM [Swift] Home Service Club: Tex and Jinx; Guest, Edward Wagner
1:30PM Television Newsreel
8:00PM Football–Lou Little
8:20PM Film: The World in Your Home
8:30PM In Town Today: John R. Saunders, Guest
8:40PM News Reports
8:47PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
10:00PM President Truman
Saturday, October 25th, 1947
1:45PM Football: Navy vs. Pennsylvania, from 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.