July 25, 2016

What's on TV? Monday, July 23, 1956

If you hadn't already noticed by reading Saturday's piece, the stations this week have some very interesting call letters. There's WLW-D in Dayton, WLW-C in Columbus, and WLW-T in Cincinnati, for example. I think it's safe to assume all three are owned by the same company, which in fact was the case. They were owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Company, the same Crosley that made the radios, and the same Crosley after whom Cincinnati's Crosley Field was named. In fact, two of the three still have the same call letters, except for having dropped the hyphen. The only one to change is WLWC, which is now known as WCMH, although WLWD is now Channel 20 instead of Channel 2.

If you haven't figured out by now that we're in Southern Ohio, we are. So let's get started.



WLW-D, Channel 2 (Dayton) (NBC, ABC)

Morning

06:55a
Inspiration

07:00a
Today (guest Helen Hayes)

09:00a
Ding Dong School

09:30a
Romper Room (Miss Jean)

09:55a
News (Al Herbert)

10:00a
Home

11:00a
Feather Your Nest

11:30a
It Could Be You

Afternoon

12:00p
50-50 Club

12:30p
Weather (Jim Fidler)

12:35p
50-50 Club (continued)

01:30p
Tennessee Ernie Ford

02:00p
Matinee Theater

03:00p
Queen for a Day

03:45p
Modern Romances

04:00p
So This Is Hollywood

04:30p
Channel 2 Presents

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:00p
Sally Flowers

06:30p
Gordon MacRae

06:45p
Camel News Caravan

07:00p
Producers’ Showcase (color)

08:30p
Robert Montgomery Presents

09:30p
G.E. Summer Originals

10:00p
Screen Directors Playhouse

10:30p
Homespun

11:00p
News (local)

11:15p
Walter Phillips

11:30p
Phillips in the Dark

12:00a
Tonight



WLW-C, Channel 4 (Columbus) (NBC)

Morning

06:45a
Forecast for Today

07:00a
Today (guest Helen Hayes)

09:00a
Ding Dong School

09:30a
Ernie Kovacs

10:00a
Home

11:00a
Feather Your Nest

11:30a
It Could Be You

Afternoon

12:00p
50-50 Club

12:30p
Weather (Jim Fidler) 

12:35p
50-50 Club (continued)

01:30p
Tennessee Ernie Ford

02:00p
Matinee Theater

03:00p
Queen for a Day

03:45p
Modern Romances

04:00p
So This Is Hollywood

04:30p
Notes and Notions

05:00p
Theater Five – “Larceny in Her Heart”

Evening


06:00p
Sally Flowers

06:30p
Gordon MacRae

06:45p
Camel News Caravan

07:00p
Producers’ Showcase (color)

08:30p
Robert Montgomery Presents

09:30p
Studio 57

10:00p
Kit Carson

10:30p
Homespun

11:00p
News (local)

11:15p
Broad and High

11:30p
Phillips in the Dark

12:00a
Tonight

01:00p
News (Bill Hindman)



WLW-T, Channel 5 (Cincinnati) (NBC)

Morning

07:00a
Today (guest Helen Hayes)

07:55p
Cincinnati Today

09:00a
Ding Dong School

09:30a
Ernie Kovacs

10:00a
Home

11:00a
Feather Your Nest

11:30a
It Could Be You

Afternoon

12:00p
50-50 Club

12:30p
Weather (Jim Fidler) 

12:35p
50-50 Club (continued)

01:30p
Tennessee Ernie Ford

02:00p
Matinee Theater

03:00p
Queen for a Day

03:45p
Take It Easy

04:30p
Films at Four-Thirty

05:00p
Headin’ West – “Man from Cheyenne”

Evening


06:00p
Superman

06:30p
Gordon MacRae

06:45p
Camel News Caravan

07:00p
Producers’ Showcase (color)

08:30p
Robert Montgomery Presents

09:30p
All-Star Theater

10:00p
News (Grant/Wilson)

10:10p
Weather (Tony Sands)

10:15p
Martin Spelman

10:30p
Homespun

11:00p
News (local)

11:15p
Walter Phillips

11:30p
Phillips in the Dark

12:00a
Tonight



WTVN, Channel 6 (Columbus) (ABC)

Morning

08:00a
News (Nuzum)

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Lois)

10:00a
Movie – “Death Tide”

11:15a
Love of Life

11:30a
Play Yard

Afternoon

12:00p
Valiant Lady 

12:15p
News (Earl Green)

12:30p
Midday Movie – “Heartbeat”

02:00p
Spook Beckman

03:00p
Casper Capers

03:50p
Play Klub

04:00p
Gene’s Canteen

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:00p
Movie – “Trail Dust”

07:00p
Dotty Mack

07:30p
Voice of Firestone

08:00p
Inner Sanctum

08:30p
Wrestling

09:30p
Early Home Theater – “April Showers”

11:00p
News (local)

11:10p
Sports (Joe Hill)

11:15p
Les Paul and Mary Ford 

11:20p
Movie - TBA



WHIO, Channel 7 (Dayton) (CBS, DuM)

Morning

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

08:55a
News (local)

09:00a
Of All Things (debut)

09:30a
Arthur Godfrey

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
CBS News (Charles Collingwood) 

12:10p
Stand Up and Be Counted

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Johnny Carson

01:30p
House Party

02:00p
The Big Payoff

02:30p
Bob Crosby

03:00p
Heart of the City

03:30p
Famous Playhouse

04:00p
King’s Crossroads

04:30p
Tic Tac Toy Shop

05:00p
Wild West Show – “Trigger Man”

Evening


06:00p
The Little Rascals

06:30p
Robin Hood

07:00p
Burns and Allen

07:30p
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts

08:00p
Charlie Farrell

08:30p
Vic Damone (guests Lilo, Jan Murray)

09:00p
Studio One

10:00p
News (Don Wayne)

10:15p
Theater Tonight

10:30p
Steve Donovan

11:00p
News (local)

11:10p
Sports (Charlie Hinkle)

11:15p
Weather (Ted Ryan)

11:20p
City Detective

11:50p
Evening Theater – “Orphans of the Street”



WCPO, Channel 9 (Cincinnati) (ABC, DuM)

Morning

06:45a


07:00a
Know Your World 20 Prayer 25 Farm News

07:30p
Cartoon Capers

08:00a
Breakfast Show

08:55a
Al Lewis

10:00a
Colin Callin’

10:30a
Cornhuskers

11:00a
Al Lewis

Afternoon

12:00p
Movie Matinee – “Profile”

01:00p
Al and Wanda Lewis

02:00p
Afternoon Film Festival

04:00p
Our Gang Comedy

04:25p
The Little Rascals

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:00p
Sports (Jack Drees)

06:15p
John Daly and the News

06:30p
Bold Journey

07:00p
Dotty Mack

07:30p
Voice of Firestone

08:00p
Movie at Eight – “The Black Glove”

09:00p
Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena (Poirier vs. Giovanelli)

10:00p
Pantomime Hit Parade

11:00p
Hollywood Theater – “That Uncertain Feeling”

12:30a
News (local)



WBNS, Channel 10 (Columbus) (CBS)

Morning

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

08:55a
Slimnastics

09:00a
Of All Things (debut)

09:30a
Arthur Godfrey

10:30a
Strike It Rich

11:00a
My Little Margie

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
News (Dean Boyer)

12:10p
Weather (Bob McMaster)

12:20p
Farm Time

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Sharp Comments

01:30p
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
Aunt Fran

04:40p
Western Roundup – “Man of the Frontier”

05:45p
Douglas Edwards with the News

Evening


06:00p
Jungle Jim

06:30p
News (Bill Pepper)  

06:40p
Weather (Bob McMaster)

06:50p
Sports (Earl Flara)

07:00p
Burns and Allen

07:30p
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts

08:00p
Charlie Farrell

08:30p
Vic Damone (guests Lilo, Jan Murray)

09:00p
Studio One

10:00p
News (Chet Long)

10:15p
Public Defender

10:45p
Armchair Theater – “Let’s Go Steady”



WKRC, Channel 12 (Cincinnati) (CBS)

Morning

07:00a
Captain Kangaroo

07:55p
Jellybean Acres

09:00a
Of All Things (debut)

09:30a
Arthur Godfrey

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
My Little Margie

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Johnny Carson

01:30p
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
Matinee Film

04:30p
Ladies’ Home Theater – “Train of Events”

Evening


06:10p
Weather (Daryl Parks)

06:15p
Douglas Edwards with the News

06:30p
Robin Hood

07:00p
Burns and Allen

07:30p
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts

08:00p
Charlie Farrell

08:30p
Vic Damone (guests Lilo, Jan Murray)

09:00p
Studio One

10:00p
Ellery Queen

10:30p
The Millionaire

11:00p
News (local) 

11:10p
Weather (Daryl Parks)

11:15p
Les Paul and Mary Ford

11:20p
Home Theater – “The Lovable Cheat”

7 comments:

  1. Looking at the WLW family of stations - a true regional network - I note the recurrence of the name Walter Phillips.

    It would be a few years later that he moved to WGN Radio-TV in Chicago, where he became Wally Phillips, king of morning radio.

    Wally made a few tries at TV, but radio was his home; he liked to say that he had a "radio face" (actually he was just prematurely bald), but that didn't affect his ability to talk one-on-one with callers on any subject that came up, serious or comic.
    Wally was WGN's morning drive man for thirty-some years; when he retired from WGN, the city of Chicago made a celebration of it, with a full-on tribute at the Museum of Broadcasting, attended by every important local figure - including many radio guys whom he'd outlasted in direct competition.
    Wally resurfaced later on, on weekends at another station, but Alzheimer's had taken root, and he had to retire for real; he died not long thereafter.

    Wally Phillips was such a Chicago institution that even now, many locals know little or nothing about his Cincinnati beginnings.
    Well, at any rate, now you know.

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    1. We know - and that's all that matters!

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  2. A couple of typos.

    Cincinnati's Channel 9 was/is WCPO, not WCOP. WCOP was the call sign of a Boston radio station.

    And Columbus's Chanel 10 is WBNS, not WBSN.

    But a great look back at southern Ohio TV way back when.

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    1. Damn. With so many WLWs to choose from, you'd think I could have gotten the rest of them right. Both fixed - thanks!

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  3. By the way...I would assume that the DuM refers to the DuMont Television Network, which would disappear for good a couple of weeks later.

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    1. That is correct! I don't get a chance to use that one very often.

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  4. Did the Crosley stations actually put their legal ID slide on the air as "WLW-X Anytown"? Did the FCC just look the other way?

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