December 30, 2014

What's on TV? January 1, 1970

It's the end of the '60s and the beginning of the '70s, and in commemoration I thought we'd take a look at the broadcast schedule for that first day of 1970.  For many people New Year's Day means parades and football and the listings confirm this.  By the way, one year to the day, January 1, 1971, tobacco advertising in the United States would end; the date was chosen because of the industry's advertising on the parades and games.

One other thing, which I neglected to point out on Saturday; because CBS has joined the late-nite talk show wars with The Merv Griffin Show, there is no national broadcast of Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve concert.  The always-reliable Wikipedia mentions that during these years, Lombardo's show was broadcast live on a syndicated hookup, but otherwise there's no New Year's Eve special broadcast on any of the networks.  Dick Clark's show is still three years away.

And now, on with the shows!




KTCA, Channel 2 (NET)

Afternoon

04:00p
Guten Tag

04:15p
The Friendly Giant

04:30p
Sesame Street

05:30p
Misterogers

Evening

06:00p
Science Convention (special) (B&W)

07:00p
Washington Week in Review (B&W)

07:30p
The French Chef (B&W)

08:00p
Town Meeting

08:30p
College Concert (B&W)

09:00p
Bell Library (B&W)

09:30p
Town and Country

10:00p
Your Dollar’s Worth (special) (B&W)

Misterrogers was just one name for the first few seasons, until it was changed to Mister Rogers; the rest, as they say, is history.


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning

06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer

07:00a
Clancy and Carmen

07:30a
Clancy and Willie

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Rose Parade Preview (special)

09:30a
Cotton Bowl Parade (special)

10:30a
Rose Parade (special)

Afternoon

12:45p
Cotton Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Texas) (special)

04:00p

Mike Douglas (guests Ray Milland, Ed Ames, David Fry, Kay Thompson, Chambers Brothers) (time approximate)

05:30p
CBS News (Walter Cronkite)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Family Affair

07:00p
Jim Nabors (guest Jerry Van Dyke)

08:00p
Movie – “Five Weeks in a Balloon”

10:00p
News (local)

10:45p
Merv Griffin (guest Hermoine Gingold, New Year’s in Times Square)

12:15a
News (local)

12:25a
Movie – “Walking My Baby Back Home”

We had the Cotton Bowl parade for many years here in Dallas; the parade wound around Fair Park, which is where the Cotton Bowl is.  When the game moved to NBC for the 1993 game, the network declined to cover the parade, and it went belly-up.  Notre Dame's appearance in the game, against top-ranked Texas, guaranteed a massive viewership.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)


Morning


06:30a
Minnesota Today


06:50a
News (local)


07:00a
Today


09:00a
New Year’s Parade Salute (special)


10:30a
Rose Parade (special)


Afternoon


01:00p
Days of Our Lives


01:30p
The Doctors


02:00p
Another World


02:30p
Bright Promise


03:00p
Name Droppers


03:30p
03:45p
Rose Bowl Pre-Game 
Rose Bowl (Michigan vs. USC) (special)


Evening


06:45p
Orange Bowl (Penn State vs. Missouri) (special)


09:30p
Bowl Highlights (special) (not seen if Orange Bowl still in progress)


10:00p
News (local)


10:30p
Johnny Carson (guests Jerry Orbach, June Valli, Jacques Levy, Ace Trucking Company)

12:00a
Ski Scene


Michigan's rookie coach Bo Schembechler suffered a heart attack on the eve of the Rose Bowl and was in the hospital while his team battled USC, losing 10-3.  I remember being puzzled by it all during the broadcast, as Curt Gowdy would only refer to Schembechler being hospitalized, but had no details of what had put him there or what his condition was.  Even though NBC no longer had the Sugar Bowl (see below), it still made for a great day of television, with the prime-time Orange Bowl providing the perfect wrap-up to the day.  Nighttime football was still a rarity back in the day.


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning

07:30a
News (local)

08:00a
The Farmer’s Daughter (B&W)

08:30a
Grandpa Ken

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Karen)

09:30a
Steve Allen (guests Lou Rawls, Roger C. Carmel)

10:00a
Sugar Bowl Parade (special)

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
That Girl

Afternoon

12:00p
Dream House

12:30p
Sugar Bowl (Arkansas vs. Mississippi) (special)

03:30p
Peyton Place (time approximate) (B&W)

04:00p
Lost in Space

05:00p
ABC News (Reynolds/Smith)

05:30p
To Tell the Truth (Orson Bean, Kitty Carlisle, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass)

Evening

06:00p
Truth and Consequences

06:30p
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

07:00p
That Girl

07:30p
Bewitched

08:00p
This Is Tom Jones (guests Victor Borge, Harry Secombe, Paula Kelly)

09:00p
It Takes a Thief

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Dick Cavett (guests Rod Steiger, Bernadette Peters)

12:00a
Movie – “Love in a Goldfish Bowl”

The Sugar Bowl had been broadcast on NBC since 1959; when the Orange Bowl became a prime-time game and was picked up by NBC, the network had an all-day bowl trifecta consisting of the Sugar, Rose and Orange.  1970 was the first year in the new ABC contract to show the game, which featured Arkansas and Mississippi.  Arkansas, which had lost 1969's Game of the Century to Texas the previous month, could not work up the requisite enthusiasm for the game until it was too late, as Archie Manning led the Rebels to a 27-22 upset victory. The game was overwhelmed by CBS' broadcast of the Cotton Bowl, scoring a record-low 8.3 rating.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning

07:00a
Casey and Roundhouse

07:30a
Dave Lee

08:00a
The Munsters (B&W)

08:30a
Mister Ed (B&W)

09:00a
Patty Duke (B&W)

09:25a
News (local)

09:30a
Jack LaLanne

10:00a
Hawaii Calls

10:30a
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (B&W)

11:00a
The Galloping Gourmet

11:30a
News (local)

Afternoon

12:00p
Lunch With Casey

01:00p
Movie – “Wizard of Mars”

02:45p
News (local

02:50p
Fashions in Sewing

03:00p
Girl Talk (host Betsy Palmer, guest Liz Carpenter)

03:30p
Casey and Roundhouse

04:00p
Batman

04:30p
The Flintstones

05:00p
Gilligan’s Island (B&W)

05:30p
Star Trek

Evening

06:30p
The Deputy (B&W)

07:00p
Judd for the Defense

08:00p
The Big Valley

09:00p
Run For Your Life

10:00p
He Said! She Said! (panelists the Dick Clarks, the Bill Cullens, the Peter Duchins, Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy)

10:30p
Movie – “The Desert Song”

12:30a
News (local)

You might recognize Dave Lee's name (7:30a) from other listings I've done; he would do kids' shows like Popeye and Pete, and also was active in WTCN's promotion of Muscular Dystrophy backyard carnivals.  The show Girl Talk, which started in 1962, was hosted for most of its run by Virginia Graham.  When Graham left to do The Virginia Graham Show, hosting duties were taken over by Betsy Palmer.  He Said! She Said! ran for one season, with Joe Garagolia as host.  It would return a few years later, somewhat modified, as Tattletales.


KTCI, Channel  17 (NET)

Morning

09:00a
Sesame Street

Evening

06:30p
Film (B&W)

07:00p
Continental Comment (B&W)

07:30p
NET Playhouse

Many of NET's national programs showed up on KTCI, either as first-run programs or as reruns of shows that had been broadcast earlier on KTCA.  NET Playhouse features its own year-end program, looking at the trends in the arts and entertainment industries throughout the '60s.

6 comments:

  1. I should have guessed Tattletales was an American format! In Australia we had Celebrity Tattletales in 1980 but didn't have a long life. (Maybe we just didn't have enough celebrity couples to go around!) I never knew it was an American format.

    But I should have guessed it because in the 60s and 70s Australian producer Reg Grundy used to go to the US, take audio recordings and take screen snapshots of game shows from his hotel room, bring the stuff back to Australia and make his own copy and sell it to the networks here. And at that time it was completely legal (there were no copyright obligations between US and AU back then) even if not entirely ethical.

    Goodson-Todman (where most of the formats came from) eventually found out what this guy was doing in Australia, weren't too happy about it but legally they had no claim. As years went on they struck up a good business relationship and Grundy continued to franchise their game shows down under but as the laws did change he did end up paying licencing fees for the formats.

    Grundy was a very wealthy man when he sold his production empire (built mostly on game shows and soap operas) in the '90s. He's now living in Bermuda with his wife, Joy Chambers, who he met when she auditioned to be a panellist on one of his early game shows back in the '60s.

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    1. Great background info - adds a lot to the original post! If I don't talk to you tomorrow, since you're just a few hours ahead of us, Happy New Year!

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    2. Today, Grundy and Goodson formats belong to German television network RTL, which runs the production arm known as FremantleMedia.

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  2. Didn't ABC still have the sole contract to broadcast regular season NCAA games? (It wasn't until an antitrust suit in the 80s that multiple networks were allowed to broadcast.) Which means both NBC and CBS had bowl games as their only NCAA game that year.

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