April 12, 2016

What's on TV? Tuesday, April 10, 1956

We're back home in Dallas-Fort Worth this week, and this is the kind of day I enjoy looking at on occasion. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary; in every sense this is a typical day of American television in 1956.

One think to which I'll call your attention is NBC's evening news program hosted by John Cameron Swayzee. It's popularly known as the Camel News Caravan, and that's how I've listed it here, but this is an alternate-sponsor program, with Plymouth being the other sponsor. Based on the information I've found, I'm guessing that this was a Camel night, but I'm open to correction. Don't you find the show's title interesting, though? No different than other programs of the era, to be sure, but this is the news, after all.  For a few years, The Huntley-Brinkley Report was presented without commercials, so as not to compromise the newscast's integrity. Can you imagine, today, a sponsor's name as part of the newscast? I mean, we all know that the networks are in the pockets of big business, but that would be ridiculous!




KRLD, Channel 4 (Dallas) (CBS)

Morning

06:50a


07:00a
Good Morning

07:55a
Agricultural News

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Garry Moore (guest Ed Rickard)

09:30a
Arthur Godfrey Time

10:30a
Strike It Rich

11:00a
Valiant Lady

11:15a
Love of Life

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:05p
TSCW Workshop

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Hair Fashions

01:15p
Robert Q. Lewis

01:30p
Art Linkletter’s House Party

02:00p
The Big Payoff

02:30p
Bob Crosby

03:00p
The Brighter Day

03:15p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
Mary Carter’s Cookbook

04:30p
Variety Fair

05:05p
Space Adventures

05:45p
Douglas Edwards with the News

Evening


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

06:30p
Name That Tune

07:00p
Phil Silvers

07:30p
Navy Log

08:00p
Guy Lombardo

08:30p
I Led Three Lives

09:00p
The $64,000 Question

09:30p
Wrestling

10:30p
Boss Lady

11:00p
Japan Hour

11:15p
News Final



WBAP, Channel 5 (Fort Worth) (NBC)

Morning

06:50a
Let’s Go Fishing

07:00a
Sunup

08:00a
Kitty’s Wonderland

09:00a
Ding Dong School

09:30a
Ernie Kovacs

10:00a
Home (guest Serge Chermayeff)

11:00a
Texas Living (color)

11:45a
Beauty School

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:30p
Ann Alden (color)

12:45p
Movie Marquee – “Father Makes Good”

02:00p
Matinee Theater (color)

03:00p
Date with Life

03:15p
Modern Romances

03:30p
Queen for a Day

04:00p
News, Weather (local)

04:15p
Tricks and Treats

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:00p
Annie Oakley

06:30p
Superman

07:00p
Dinah Shore (guests Dean Martin, Marge and Gower Champion)

08:00p
Jane Wyman

08:30p
Playwrights ‘56

09:30p
Big Town

10:00p
Texas News

10:15p
Weather, News (local)

10:30p
Racket Squad

11:00p
Tonight



KCEN, Channel 6 (Temple) (NBC)

Morning

06:55a
Program Previews

07:00a
Today

09:00a
Ding Dong School

09:30a
Ernie Kovacs

11:00a
Tennessee Ernie Ford

11:30a
Feather Your Nest

Afternoon

12:00p
Religion in Life

12:15p
RFD No. 6

12:30p
Movie Time – “Donovan’s Brain”

01:30p
Cathy’s Corner

02:00p
Matinee Theater

03:00p
Industry on Parade

03:15p
Modern Romances

03:30p
Queen for a Day

04:00p
Pinky Lee

04:30p
Howdy Doody

05:00p
Tales of the West

Evening


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

06:15p
Spotlight on Texas

06:30p
Two on the Aisle

06:45p
Camel News Caravan (John Cameron Swayze)

07:00p
Dinah Shore (guests Dean Martin, Marge and Gower Champion)

08:00p
Jane Wyman

08:30p
Texas in Review

09:00p
Sagebrush Serenade

09:30p
From Hollywood

10:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

10:20p
Late Date Theater – “The Green Scarf”



WFAA, Channel 8 (Dallas) (NBC, ABC)

Morning

06:50a
Morning Devotional

07:00a
Today

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Elaine)

10:00a
Julie Benell

11:00a
Tennessee Ernie Ford

11:30a
Feather Your Nest

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:05p
Magazine

12:30p
Showtime Matinee – “The Sergeant and the Spy”

01:30p
Trouble with Father

02:00p
Afternoon Film Festival

04:00p
Pinky Lee

04:30p
Howdy Doody (color)

05:00p
Kiddie Karnival

05:30p
Frontier Playhouse

Evening


06:00p
News (Joe Templeton) 

06:10p
Weather (Warren Culbertson)

06:15p
John Daly and the News

06:30p
Dinah Shore (guest host Gordon MacRae)

06:45p
Camel News Caravan (John Cameron Swayze)

07:00p
Follow That Man

07:30p
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

08:00p
Danny Thomas

08:30p
Cavalcade Theater

09:00p
Ralph Flanagan

09:30p
Studio 57

10:00p
News (Joe Templeton)

10:15p
Weather (local)

10:25p
Sports (Ken Cariker)

10:30p
Patti Page

10:45p
Playhouse 15

11:00p
Les Paul and Mary Ford

11:05p
Channel 8 Theater – “Operation X”



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

Morning

06:50a
Tips on Ten

07:00a
Good Morning

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Garry Moore (guest Ed Rickard)

09:30a
Arthur Godfrey Time

10:30a
Strike It Rich

11:00a
Valiant Lady

11:15a
Love of Life

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
Dinner Bell

12:15p
News, Weather (local)

12:25p
Farms and Gardens

01:00p
Better Living

02:00p
The Big Payoff

02:30p
Bob Crosby

03:00p
The Brighter Day

03:15p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
Uncle Elihu

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:00p
The Home Folks

06:15p
Douglas Edwards with the News

06:30p
Name That Tune

07:00p
Phil Silvers

07:30p
Waterfront

08:00p
Danny Thomas

08:30p
Texas in Review

09:00p
The $64,000 Question

09:30p
Do You Trust Your Wife?

10:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

10:30p
Million Dollar Theater – “Ruthless”



WFJZ, Channel 11 (Fort Worth) (Ind.)

Afternoon

02:30p
Date with Drama

03:00p
Theater 11 – “Three For Bedroom C”

04:15p
Looney Tunes

04:25p
News (Jim Abbott)

04:30p
Movie – “Robin Hood of Texas”

05:30p
Looney Tunes

Evening


06:00p
Range Rider

06:30p
News, Sports, Weather (local)

07:00p
Looney Tunes

07:10p
The Little Rascals

07:30p
Million Dollar Movie – “Guest Wife”

08:30p
News (Dan Allison)

09:00p
The Hunter

09:30p
Crunch and Des

10:00p
News (Parker Randalll)

10:15p
Weather (local)

10:30p
Starlight Theater – “Park Row”

3 comments:

  1. First things first:

    I'm not aware of that Huntley-Brinkley "non-commercial" story you're referring to.
    See, my first memories of this show were of The Texaco Huntley-Brinkley Report.
    The commercial announcer was Bill Malone; this had to be at least 1958 - Texaco was offering a toy tank truck as a premium, and Malone had to do a spot apologizing for a shortage of trucks due to a long-running steelworkers's strike.
    After a time, Huntley-Brinkley got an alternate sponsor - Camel cigarettes, pitched by James Daly.
    This continued until the fall of '62, when Huntley-Brinkley expanded to a half-hour and went to participating sponsors.
    NBC was always more commercially-minded than the other networks, as witness Gulf Oil's long-standing sponsorship of the Mercury space shots.
    All of the above would seem to take the mickey out of that "compromising the newscast's integrity" business ...

    CBS has an affiliate in Dallas, and shares one in Waco ...
    ... so where's Red Skelton?
    The Skelton show was one of CBS's touchstones during this period.
    Not exactly a candidate for delayed broadcast.
    And certainly not dropped in favor of a syndie offering like I Led 3 Lives or a local bulletin board show.
    The CBS stations also bypassed Do You Trust Your Wife?, which was then being conducted by Edgar Bergen and his vent figures ("dummy" is considered a slur these days).

    Meanwhile, the two ABC part-timers bypassed Warner Bros. Presents, the first of the "wheel" series.
    This particular week, the offering was Casablanca, with Charles McGraw in Bogart's old role.
    Maybe one of stations delayed the series; certainly a Texas station would find some room for Cheyenne, which was far and away the most popular spoke of this wheel ...

    This was a "typical" week?
    I wonder ...

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  2. Interesting to note that WFAA Channel 8, which has been our ABC affiliate for years was the station that carried NBC's Today Show and a variety of other NBC programs, like Howdy Dowdy, during the day. And then in the evening, WBAP Channel 5 took over the NBC coverage. This may have been because Channel 5 did not cover the Dallas area well until after about 1957.

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  3. Can I assume that KCEN didn't have the capability to carry network color programs in color, given two NBC shows broadcast in color in Dallas/Fort Worth were listed here as being on KCEN in B&W??

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