Experimental NBC television station W2XBS in New York City went off the air for several months in mid-1940. When the station began broadcasting again in October 1940, The New York Times did not immediately begin publishing TV listings. In fact, it wasn’t until February 1941 that TV listings returned to the pages of The New York Times.
However, New York Daily News published sporadic TV listings for W2XBS between November 1940 and February 1941. Thanks to early TV enthusiast Matt for providing these listings.
Although not listed in The New York Daily News, according to The Magic Window: American Television, 1939-1953, W2XBS returned to the air on Saturday, October 28th, 1940 with coverage of a Democratic rally for President Franklin D. Roosevelt held at Madison Square Garden .
Here are all the listings from November 1940:
Saturday, November 2, 1940 
8:30-11PM – Republican Rally Madison Square Garden; Wendell Willkie, Others
Tuesday, November 5, 1940 
6:45PM and Throughout Evening Intermittently – Election Returns and Commentaries; Lowell Thomas, H.V. Kaltenborn, Baukhage, Others
Tuesday, November 19, 1940 
8:45-11PM – Rangers-Americans Hockey Game
Friday, November 22, 1940 
8:30-9:45PM – Film “A Bride For Henry (1937),” with Warren Hull and Anne Nagel
Are these the only programs W2XBS broadcast in November 1940? I can’t say for sure.
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.
1 Von Schilling, Jim. The Magic Window: American Television, 1939-1953. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press Inc., 2003. Page 29.
2 “Saturday’s Radio Features.” New York Daily News. 2 Nov. 1940: 31.
3 “Tuesday’s Radio Features.” New York Daily News. 5 Nov. 1940: 44.
4 “Tuesday’s Radio Features.” New York Daily News. 19 Nov. 1940: 42.
5 “Friday’s Radio Features.” New York Daily News. 22 Nov. 1940: 42.