April 27, 2015

What's on TV? Saturday, April 27, 1963

I like to visit the weekend listings occasionally; besides Saturday being my favorite day of the week, it gives us a chance to read something other than the regular Monday through Friday listings.  Since we've looked at several issues from this era lately, I thought it would be nice to drop in on Saturday and see what's up.  This is from the Twin Cities, so I know just a little about this.  I'm too young to remember, but I probably watched some of these shows myself.  As is customary in this era, the educational station, Channel 2, does not broadcast on weekends.




WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


07:00a
Axel and His Dog

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
The Alvin Show

09:30a
Mighty Mouse

10:00a
Rin Tin Tin

10:30a
Roy Rogers

11:00a
Sky King

11:30a
Hopalong Cassidy

Afternoon


12:00p
News (Don Dahl)

12:15p
Weather (Bob Potter)

12:20p
Sports (Hal Scott)

12:30p
The Bill Carlson Show

01:00p
Top Star Bowling

02:00p
Riverboat

03:00p
Ramar of the Jungle

03:30p
Divorce Court

04:30p
Fair Exchange

05:00p
Championship Bridge

05:30p
Ripcord

Evening


06:00p
News (Dave Moore)

06:15p
Sports (Don Dahl)

06:25p
Weather (Don O’Brien)

06:30p
Jackie Gleason

07:30p
The Defenders

08:30p
Have Gun – Will Travel

09:00p
Gunsmoke

10:00p
News (Dave Moore)

10:15p
Weather (Bob Potter)

10:20p
Sports (Don Dahl)

10:30p
Critics Award Theater – “The Naked Hills”

12:00a
The Bedtime Nooz (Dave Moore)

12:15a
Movie – “Pack Up Your Troubles”

01:45a
Night Cappers

I recall reading something in one of these issues a while back (I can't remember if I shared it with you or not) lamenting the disappearance of live-action programs from Saturday morning.  This is an example - Alvin and Mighty Mouse, two anthropomorphic favorites of mine, are the only two cartoons on Channel 4; the rest are live-action.  I also thought it might be nice to include the names of the local newscasters this week; Dave Moore, the 10pm anchor, was the Twin Cities' premiere newsman from the '60s through the early '80s.  Interesting to see him anchoring on the weekend (Dean Montgomery, the 6pm weekday anchor, does the late Sunday news).


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


07:30a
Minnesota Farm Scene

08:00a
Andy’s Gang

08:30a
Ruff and Ready (color)

09:00a
Shari Lewis (color)

09:30a
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (color)

10:00a
Fury

10:30a
Make Room for Daddy

11:00a
Mr. Wizard

11:30a
Exploring (color)

Afternoon


12:30p
Movie – “Border Bandits”

01:30p
Kit Carson

02:00p
Jeff’s Collie

02:30p
Movie – “Thunderhead – Son of Flicka”

03:45p
Movie – “Unchained”

05:00p
NBC News (Sander Vanocur)

05:15p
Airman’s World

05:30p
Love That Bob!

Evening


06:00p
News (Bob Ryan)

06:15p
Weather (Johnny Morris)

06:20p
Sports (Al Tighe)

06:30p
Sam Benedict

07:30p
Joey Bishop (color)

08:00p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Three Coins in the Fountain” (color)

10:05p
News (Bob Ryan)

10:20p
Weather (Johnny Morris) 

10:25p
Sports (Al Tighe)

10:35p
Movie Double Feature – “Daisy Kenyon”, “Good Sam”

Not a sporting event to be seen anywhere on Channel 5 today.  Johnny Morris and Al Tighe are, like Dave Moore on Channel 4, the weeknight weather and sportscasters as well.  Bob Ryan, who does news at 6 and 10, is the weekday 6pm anchor.  How common is it today for the weekday anchors to appear on weekends as well?  In a few years, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley will begin Saturday newscasts as well.


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


09:15a
Kartoon Kapers

09:30a
Looney Tuners Club

10:00a
Jungle Jim

10:30a
Sheena

11:00a
Cartoonies

11:30a
Beany and Cecil

Afternoon


12:00p
Bugs Bunny

12:30p
Allakazam

01:00p
My Friend Flicka

01:30p
Wire Service

02:30p
Pro Bowlers Tour

04:00p
Wide World of Sports (Penn, Drake and Mount San Antonio Relays)

05:30p
Overland Trail

Evening


06:30p
The Gallant Men

07:30p
Hootenanny (guests The Smothers Brothers, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Simon Sisters, Judy Henske)

08:00p
Lawrence Welk (guests the Kern Sisters)

09:00p
Fight of the Week (Ted Wright vs. Wilbert McClure)

09:45p
Make That Spare (time approximate)

10:00p
News (George Grim)

10:15p
Weather (Jere Smith)

10:20p
Sports (Tony Parker)

10:30p
Movie – “Battle Circus”

As long as you have Bugs Bunny, you don't need any other cartoons, right?  I mentioned the sportscaster, Tony Parker, in an earlier piece - I don't have many memories of the other gentlemen.  Channel 9, even when it was a network affiliate, was always the lightest on local news: no 6pm news during the week as well as on the weekend.  Only the 10pm report.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


11:40a
We Learn to Live

11:45a
Cartoon Circus

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch With Casey

01:00p
Roundhouse Rodney

01:30p
Magic Ranch

02:00p
Range Rider

02:30p
Home Buyers Digest

03:30p
Movie – “The Parson of Panamint”

05:00p
The Lone Ranger (return)

05:30p
Championship Bowling

Evening


06:30p
All Star Wrestling

07:30p
Movie – “Flame of Calcutta”

09:00p
M Squad

09:30p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

10:00p
Movie – “Springfield Rifle”

11:45p
Movie – “Voltaire”

Ah, this is probably the station I would have watched, at least through early afternoon.  I never missed Lunch With Casey, the legendary kids show hosted by Roger Awsumb.  I had the opportunity to meet him once; a very nice man and a wonderful host.  Following that is Casey's sidekick Roundhouse Rodney, played by Lynn Dwyer, aka Roundhouse Rodney.  Perhaps a more manic version of Mister Rogers; was wonderful teaching children about their inner dignity and why learning could be fun.  He died far too young.

2 comments:

  1. In 1969-70, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley did do a Saturday newscast, but I seem to remember (I was quite young then) that only one of them was live and that the other pre-taped on Friday a feature or commentary piece and his part of the program opening and closing ("Good Night, David"/"Good Night, Chet, and Good Night for NBC News").

    I believe Chet and David usually alternated working on Saturdays, so each was live two Saturdays a month.

    And the reason NBC had them do this was that by 1969, Walter Cronkite had passed Chet and David in the ratings, so by having a Saturday edition (when Walter Cronkite was off; I think Roger Mudd anchored CBS's weekend evening newscasts at the time), NBC hoped to gain viewers who would watch Huntley and Brinkley instead of Cronkite during the week.

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  2. I have memories of Tony Parker that are somewhat personal. Back in the winter of 1992 when St Cloud St University was on a quarter system I took a course in Sportswriting and Broadcasting that Tony taught. He was one of the most outstanding instructors I ever had in my days as a college student. In addition he was all a wonderful man who had stories that he could tell that tied back into the course. It was the only night class you wished that would not end. In addition I remember him after he moved to WCCO and did weekend sports there. Nothing fancy but just a straight just the facts sportscast. All in all a wonderful man.

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