Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, November 2nd, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.
WNBT kicked off the week with a Sunday (November 2nd) afternoon with a Naval Air Show. Philadelphia station WPTZ likely originated the live broadcast and relayed it to WNBT. The evening lineup started with Author Meets the Critics and ended with an unidentified feature film.
News, film shorts, and boxing aired as usual on Monday (November 3rd). The station was off the air on Tuesday (November 4th).
On Wednesday (November 5th), Kraft Television Theatre and In the Kelvinator Kitchen aired as usual. WNBT then broadcast coverage of a Forbes Magazine dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, with New York governor Thomas Dewey in attendance.
Meet the Press premiered on Thursday (November 6th). The series is still on the air today. The first guest was politician James A. Farley. Later that evening, WNBT broadcast
a look behind the scenes of a TV station (presumably WNBT itself). the first episode of Eye Witness, a short-lived documentary series about the television industry.
The afternoon and evening lineups on Friday (November 7th) were business as usual: Swift Home Service Club, Lou Little’s football program, boxing, and more.
Scheduled for Saturday (November 8th) afternoon was a Navy-Georgia Tech football game from Baltimore.
Sunday, November 2nd, 1947
2:00PM Naval Air Show, from Philadelphia
8:00PM Author Meets the Critics
8:30PM Week’s News Highlights
8:40PM America’s Song
9:05PM Feature Film
Monday, November 3rd, 1947
8:00PM Television Newsreel
8:10PM Film Shorts
8:40PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena
Tuesday, November 4th, 1947
No programs scheduled
Wednesday, November 5th, 1947
7:30PM [Kraft Television Theatre] Drama: On Stage
8:30PM In the [Kelvinator] Kitchen–Alma Kitchell
8:45PM Governor Dewey, at Forbes Magazine Dinner, Waldorf-Astoria
Thursday, November 6th, 1947
8:00PM Meet the Press: James A. Farley, Guest
8:30PM Television News
8:40PM Musical Merry-Go-Round
9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
9:10PM Film Shorts
9:15PM [Eye Witness] Behind the Scenes in a Television Station
Friday, November 7th, 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, November 8th, 1947
1:45PM Football: Navy vs. Georgia Tech, at Baltimore
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.
4 Replies to “WNBT Schedule, Week of November 2nd, 1947”
Premieres of Meet the Press and Eye Witness in the same night!!! WHAT A NIGHT!!!
I’m sort of confused. Is Eye Witness the show being described as Behind the Scenes in a Television Station or is it not included in the NYT listings?
as you can see here, it’s included in the listings.
Yes, that’s Eye Witness. Sorry for the confusion.