September 19, 2016

What's on TV? Wednesday, September 19, 1979

This week we're back in the Twin Cities, in an issue from my own personal collection. At first glance, it looks to be to be as thick as the Minnesota State Editions I used to get when I lived in The World's Worst Town™, even though we only have listings for six stations. The reason? Ads. You can't turn a page without seeing one, two, perhaps three ads for various shows. They're bold, with lots of wide black striping and white lettering. In isolation, it perhaps looks crisp and easy to read, but when you see them bunched one after another, the effect is cluttered and cramped, hard on the eyes, and the busyness of the page makes it difficult to find and focus on the listings. But that's progress.


KTCA, Channel 2 (PBS)

Morning


07:45a
A.M. Weather

08:00a
Sesame Street

09:00a
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

09:30a
Freestyle

10:00a
Once Upon a Classic

11:00a
Once Upon a Classic

11:30a
Sesame Street

Afternoon


12:30p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

01:00p
The Electric Company

01:30p
Issues in World Communication

02:00p
Over Easy (guests Robert and Anthony Alda)

02:30p
Dick Cavett (guest John Ehrlichman)

03:00p
Meeting of Minds

04:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

04:30p
Sesame Street

05:30p
The Electric Company

Evening


06:00p
Once Upon a Classic

06:30p
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report

07:00p
Dick Cavett (guest John Ehrlichman)

07:30p
Dancing Disco

08:00p
Great Performances

09:30p
Irish Treasures

10:00p
Ripping Yarns

10:30p
Bill Moyers’ Journal

11:30p
Black Man’s Land (special)

Quite a difference from earlier schedules for Channel 2, as by this time it's a full-day programming schedule, without the classroom programming of a few years earlier. I'm really sorry to have missed Dancing Disco, though.


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:00a
Wednesday Morning (Charles Kuralt)

07:00a
Allan’s Window

07:30a
Captain Kangaroo

08:00a
Phil Donahue

09:00a
Cross-Wits (guests Marty Allen, Rita Moreno, Orson Bean, Barbara Cason)

09:30a
Whew!

09:55a
CBS News

10:00a
The Price is Right

11:00a
The Young and the Restless

11:30a
Search For Tomorrow

Afternoon


12:00p
Midday

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:30p
Guiding Light

02:30p
One Day at a Time

03:00p
The Joker’s Wild

03:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Burt Reynolds, guests George Hamilton, Lesley-Anne Down)

05:00p
News (local)

05:30p
CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
PM Magazine

07:00p
Last Resort (debut)

07:30p
Struck By Lightning (debut)

08:00p
CBS Wednesday Night Movies – “Sex and the Single Parent”

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Marcus Welby, M.D.

11:30p
Bonanza

12:30a
News (local)

01:00a
Phil Donahue

02:00a
News (local)

04:00a
News (local)

Allan's Window, hosted by Allen Lotsberg, is the last kids' show on Twin Cities television. Lotsberg is, to this day, well-loved as Willie Ketchem on the Clancy and Willie show of years past. I suppose we should be grateful to have had these shows for as long as we did.


KSTP, Channel 5 (ABC)

Morning


06:00a
News (local)

06:20a
Country Day

07:00a
Good Morning America (guest psychic Ruth Montgomery)

09:00a
Twin Cities Today (guests Clive Unger-Hamilton, James Kavanaugh)

10:00a
Laverne & Shirley

10:30a
Family Feud

11:00a
The $20,000 Pyramid (panelists Sal Viscuso, Elaine Joyce)

11:30a
Ryan’s Hope

Afternoon


12:00p
All My Children

01:00p
One Life to Live

02:00p
General Hospital

03:00p
Match Game

03:30p
Starsky & Hutch

04:30p
Happy Days Again

05:00p
Hogan’s Heroes

05:30p
ABC World News Tonight (Frank Reynolds)

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Match Game PM (panelists Bart Braverman, Robert Walden, Betty White, Brianne Leary, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly)

07:00p
Eight Is Enough

08:00p
Charlie’s Angels

09:00p
Vega$

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
The Love Boat

11:40p
Baretta

12:50a
News (local)

01:20a
Doctor Who

01:50a
Thrillseekers

02:20a
Movie – “Bugles in the Afternoon”

05:00a
To Be Announced

A serious breech of etiquette in the credits for Doctor Who, where Tom Baker is listed as "Dr. Who" rather than "The Doctor." Of course, that's the way his character is listed in the show's end credits as well - they wouldn't make that change for another few seasons. That's what happens when your character has an ambiguous name.


KMSP, Channel 9 (Ind.)
Morning

06:00a
The 700 Club

07:00a
Underdog

07:30a
The Bullwinkle Show

08:00a
Popeye

08:30a
The Archies

09:00a
Dinah! (guests Chuck Woolery, Mimi Kennedy, Teri DeSario, Richard Simmons, Jay Johnson, the Kazoos Brothers)

10:30a
The Gong Show

11:00a
Medical Center

Afternoon

12:00p
Noon on Nine

12:30p
Room 222

01:00p
The Bold Ones (The New Doctors)

02:00p
The Best of Groucho (B&W)

02:30p
Krofft Superstars

03:00p
Casper

03:30p
Popeye

04:00p
The Munsters (B&W)

04:30p
Gilligan’s Island

05:00p
The Brady Bunch

05:30p
Dick Van Dyke (B&W)

Evening

06:00p
Tic Tac Dough

06:30p
Good Times

07:00p
Gunsmoke

08:00p
Kojak

09:00p
Sanford and Son

09:30p
News (local)

10:00p
All in the Family

10:30p
Jim Rockford, Private Investigator

11:30p
The Streets of San Francisco

12:30a
Perry Mason (B&W)

01:30a
The Twilight Zone (B&W)

02:00a
News (local)



It's been around a year since The Great Affiliate Switch, in which ABC went from Channel 9 to Channel 5 and NBC went from Channel 5 to Channel 11, leaving Channel 9 as the Twin Cities' independent station. And they've assembled a pretty good lineup of programs over that time, shows like The Bold Ones that weren't always commonly seen in syndicated lineups. Before long, they'd be one of the nation's top-rated independent stations.


WTCN, Channel 11 (NBC)

Morning


06:00a
The PTL Club

07:00a
Today (guest Ivan Tors)

09:00a
Card Sharks

09:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Joan Rivers, Elke Sommer, Leslie Uggams, Jimmie Walker, Conrad Bain, Barbie Benton, John Byner, George Gobel, Wayland & Madame)

10:00a
High Rollers

10:30a
Wheel of Fortune

11:00a
Mindreaders (panelists Fred Travalena, Marcia Wallace)

11:30a
Password (panelists Wesley Eure, Debralee Scott)

Afternoon


12:00p
Days of Our Lives

01:00p
The Doctors

01:30p
Another World

03:00p
Merv Grifin (guests David Brenner, Doc Severinson, the Ritchie Family, Greg Evigan, J.J. Walker, Maureen McGovern)

04:30p
Carol Burnett and Friends

05:00p
M*A*S*H

05:30p
NBC Nightly News With John Chancellor and David Brinkley

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Newlywed Game

07:00p
Real People

08:00p
Movie – “Mrs. R’s Daughter”

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest Dolly Parton, Patrick Duffy, Henny Youngman)

12:00a
Tomorrow

01:00a
The Dating Game

01:30a
Bewitched

02:00a
Family Affair

02:30a
The Lucy Show

03:00a
Mayberry R.F.D.

03:30a
The Gong Show

04:00a
Ironside

05:00a
What’s New? (guest James Kavanaugh)

This is so typically NBC at the end of the '70s. I'm not entirely sure what it says about a network that its highest-rated show is Real People.


KTCI, Channel 17 (PBS)

Afternoon


05:30p
Villa Alegre

Evening


06:00p
Dick Cavett

07:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

07:30p
The Electric Company

08:00p
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report

08:30p
Over Easy

09:00p
Bill Moyers’ Journal

10:00p
Dick Cavett

10:30p
Captioned ABC News

I've mentioned before that KTCI has gone back and forth between offering completely original PBS programming and replaying what was on KTCA earlier in the day or week. At this point in time, they're doing the latter.

3 comments:

  1. This week's episode of "Eight is Enough" was the highest rated show of the week, due to a double wedding (hastily written due to actress Susan Richardson's pregnancy). It was the show's high point, as it soon suffered against "Real People".
    BTW, I love Ch.11's overnight lineup? When did the station go 24 hours and when did it stop?

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  2. Actually we are 6 months in to the network swap, and both 5 and 11 are playing nice and clearing nearly the entire network schedule in the God given times. I do hope that it is a misprint that the Gong Show airs TWICE in the market on two different channels.

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    1. I thought there were two "Gong Shows" at the time; one on NBC's daytime schedule and the other in first-run syndication.

      Thus, KMSP may have aired the syndicated version and WTCN ran the network version in the wee small hours!

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