March 30, 2015

What's on TV? Thursday, March 31, 1960

We're back in Dallas-Fort Worth this week, for the listings on the final day of March, 1960.  As is often the case, there's nothing terribly remarkable about the programs that are on; it's just a slice of life that's pretty representative of early 1960.  Doesn't mean there aren't interesting things, though.  Let's look at some of them.




KRLD, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


07:30a
Cartoons

08:00a
CBS News (Richard C. Hottelet)

08:15a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Red Rowe

09:30a
On the Go

10:00a
I Love Lucy

10:30a
December Bride

11:00a
Love of Love

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
For Better or Worse

01:30p
House Party

02:00p
The Millionaire

02:30p
The Verdict is Yours

03:00p
The Brighter Day

03:15p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
Movie – “Deadly Game”

05:15p
Party Time

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:10p
Weather (local)

06:15p
Douglas Edwards With the News

06:30p
To Tell the Truth

07:00p
Betty Hutton

07:30p
Pony Express

08:00p
Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre

08:30p
Markham

09:00p
Revue (special)

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
Weather (local)

10:20p
People and Places

10:30p
Movie – “Mad About Music”

When I first started adding to my TV Guides, I tried to keep focused on issues from Minneapolis-St. Paul, because they were the ones I was most familiar with.  As you've probably noticed, I'm starting to expand now, frequently to my new hometown of Dallas.  It's good because it forces me to learn about new shows, to try and find out more about the local scene.  Two of them are Red Rowe, which I think might have actually been Panorama Pacific, and Party Time.  The former was a CBS variety show hosted by Rowe (you can see more about him here), and the later a local children's show with a character known as Officer Friendly.  Ah, and  in a few years kids would be calling policemen "pigs."


WBAP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


05:55a
Almanac Newsreel

06:00a
Continental Classroom (Physics) (color)

06:30a
Continental Classroom (Chemistry) (color)

07:00a
Today

09:00a
Dough Re Mi

09:30a
Play Your Hunch

10:00a
The Price is Right (color)

10:30a
Concentration

11:00a
Truth or Consequences

11:30a
It Could Be You (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
It’s a Great Life

01:00p
Queen for a Day

01:30p
Loretta Young

02:00p
Young Dr. Malone

02:30p
From These Roots

03:00p
The Thin Man

03:30p
Buckskin

04:00p
Movie – “Honeymoon”

05:30p
Teen-Age Downbeat (color)

05:55p
Almanac Newsreel

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather (local) (color)

06:15p
Huntley-Brinkley Report

06:30p
The Plainsman

07:00p
Bat Masterson

07:30p
Producers’ Choice (debut)

08:00p
Great Mysteries (special)

09:00p
You Bet Your Life

09:30p
To Be Announced

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
Weather (local)

10:25p
News (local)

10:30p
Sports (local)

10:35p
Jack Paar (guests Genevieve, Charley Weaver, Hans Conried; from London)

12:00a
News (local)

12:05a
Almanac Newsreel

12:10a
Top Plays

Teen-Age Downbeat (actually Teenage Downbeat according to local sources) was a live local music show of the time, with kids from different schools or groups.  Today's guests were members of the Lake Worth Dance Club.  Again, there aren't local shows like this anymore, although based on this it might be a good thing.


KCEN, Channel 6 (Temple, TX) (NBC)

Morning


06:00a
Continental Classroom (Physics) (color)

06:30a
Continental Classroom (Chemistry) (color)

07:00a
Today

09:00a
Dough Re Mi

09:30a
Play Your Hunch

10:00a
The Price is Right (color)

10:30a
Concentration

11:00a
Truth or Consequences

11:30a
It Could Be You (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) 

12:05p
Weather (local)

12:10p
Farm Report

12:30p
The Life of Riley

01:00p
Queen for a Day

01:30p
Loretta Young

02:00p
Young Dr. Malone

02:30p
From These Roots

03:00p
The Thin Man

03:30p
Buckskin

04:00p
The People’s Choice

04:30p
The Three Stooges

05:00p
Popeye

05:30p
Huckleberry Hound

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:05p
Weather (local)

06:10p
Sports (local)

06:15p
Huntley-Brinkley Report

06:30p
The Plainsman

07:00p
U.S. Border Patrol

07:30p
Producers’ Choice (debut)

08:00p
Great Mysteries (special)

09:00p
You Bet Your Life

09:30p
Flight

10:00p
Weather (local)

10:10p 
News (local)

10:25p
Sports (local)

10:30p
Jack Paar (guests Genevieve, Charley Weaver, Hans Conried; from London)

It's around this time that you start to see The Three Stooges popping up more and more on local television stations.  A TV Guide article from the era talks about the comeback of the Stooges, and how television is fueling that comeback.  Always loved watching them.


WFAA, Channel 8 (ABC)

Morning


07:30a
Funtime

08:00a
My Little Margie

08:30a
Romper Room

09:30a
The Life of Riley

10:00a
Julie Benell

11:00a
Movie – “Woman in the Dark”

11:55a
News (local)

Afternoon


12:00p
The Restless Gun

12:30p
Love That Bob!

01:00p
About Faces

01:30p
Medic

02:00p
Day in Court

02:30p
Gale Storm

03:00p
Beat the Clock

03:30p
Who Do You Trust?

04:00p
American Bandstand

05:00p
Robin Hood

05:30p
Rocky and His Friends

Evening


06:00p
News

06:10p
News (local)

06:15p
Weather (local)

06:25p
Sports (local)

06:30p
All-Star Circus (special)

07:30p
The Real McCoys

08:00p
Pat Boone (guests Dave King, Artie Malvin chorus)

08:30p
The Untouchables

09:30p
Take a Good Look

10:00p
News (local)

10:20p
Sports (local)

10:30p
Manhunt

11:00p
Movie – “Hollow Triumph”

12:30a
News (local)

WFAA's 10:00am program, The Julie Benell Show, was a local information/talk/cooking/variety show, the kind still around today as part of the local morning news. She also authored a book of her favorite recipes that had appeared on the show.  It was this program, airing over the noon hour on November 22, 1963, that was interrupted for WFAA's first bulletin of the Kennedy assassination.  You can see the fateful clip at the beginning of this video.


KWTX, Channel 10 (Waco) (CBS/ABC)

Morning


08:00a
CBS News (Richard C. Hottelet)

08:15a
Captain Kangaroo

08:30a
Mickey and Amanda

09:00a
Red Rowe

09:30a
On the Go

10:00a
I Love Lucy

10:30a
December Bride

11:00a
Better Living

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
CBS News (Charles Kuralt)

12:05p
News (local)

12:15p
Farm Report

12:30p
Ranger Jim

01:00p
For Better or Worse

01:30p
House Party

02:00p
The Millionaire

02:30p
The Verdict is Yours

03:00p
The Brighter Day

03:15p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
American Bandstand

05:00p
Ken and Dell

05:30p
Rocky and His Friends

Evening


06:00p
News (local)  

06:10p
Weather (local)

06:15p
Douglas Edwards With the News

06:30p
Ozzie and Harriet

07:00p
Betty Hutton

07:30p
The Real McCoys

08:00p
Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre

08:30p
Markham

09:00p
Revue (special)

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
Weather (local)

10:25p
Sports (local)

10:30p
Hennessey

11:00p
TV Theater

On the Go, at 9:30am, was a daytime variety show hosted by Jack Linkletter, son of Art.  Art's own show, House Party, continues on CBS in the afternoon, where it ran from 1952 to 1969.  I really liked Art Linkletter; as my obit of him indicates, he was one of the good guys.


KFJZ, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


09:00a
The Little Rascals

09:30a
Physical Culture

10:00a
Trouble With Father

10:30a
Movie – “Love Before Breakfast”

Afternoon


12:15p
Ann Alden

01:00p
Movie Double Feature – “The Rains Came”, “For Art’s Sake”

03:30p
December Bride

04:00p
Bugs Bunny

04:30p
Popeye

05:00p
Susie

05:30p
Amos ‘n’ Andy

Evening


06:00p
Huckleberry Hound

06:30p
The Three Stooges

07:30p
Rescue 8

08:00p
San Francisco Beat

08:30p
Trackdown

09:00p
Phil Silvers

09:30p
Paul Coates

10:00p
Movie Double Feature – “Task Force”, The Gay Deception”

An interesting footnote on these DFW TV Guides of the early '60s - it's quite easy for me to keep track of what programs are on what stations.  As was the case in Minneapolis-St. Paul, CBS is Channel 4, NBC is Channel 5, and Channel 11 is the independent.  The only difference is that ABC is Channel 8 in DFW instead of Channel 9, as it was in MSP.


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