October 10, 2016

What's on TV? Wednesday, October 13, 1965

I thought about spotlighting Monday's programming for this week's feature, but since the networks are probably preempting most of it for the papal visit, that obviously won't do. What days of the week haven't I done yet? Oh, what the hell - let's just pick one.

Wednesday it is!

The listings are from the Minnesota State Edition, including the Twin Cities, Alexandria, Duluth, and Mankato. If you've followed these editions over time, you'll notice that WDIO, the ABC affiliate in Duluth, isn't listed; it doesn't take the air until January of next year.




KTCA, Channel 2 (Educ.)

Morning


09:00a
Classroom

Afternoon


03:45p
Spanish Preview

05:00p
Classroom

05:30p
Supervisory Practices

Evening


06:00p
French

06:50p
Anthropology

07:40p
Modern Literature

08:30p
Macalester College

09:00p
Folio

09:30p
World Journalism

10:00p
Biology

Have I ever mentioned that for a time I lived across the street from Macalester College? I wasn't going there, mind you, but it was a nice neighborhood in St. Paul.


KDAL, Channel 3 (Duluth) CBS)

Morning


07:50a
Farm and Home

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
I Love Lucy

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
Town and Country

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (celebrities Jane Wyatt, Roddy McDowell)

01:30p
House Party (guest Peter Lawford)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
Never Too Young

04:00p
Where the Action Is (guests Vic Dana, the McCoys)

04:30p
Superman

05:00p
Leave it to Beaver

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
O.K. Crackerby!

07:00p
Wingding

07:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies (color)

08:00p
Bewitched

08:30p
Dick Van Dyke

09:00p
Danny Kaye (guests Caterina Valente, Benny Goodman) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
87th Precinct

11:15p
Channel 3 Theater

One of the things I find most interesting about multi-network affiliates is their choice of what shows they pick up from their secondary arrangements. Although KDAL is not listed in TV Guide as having a relationship with ABC, they're carrying Where the Action Is, since there's no ABC affiliate in Duluth. Looking at the younger demographic, perhaps?


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:00a
Sunrise Semester – “Nature of Matter”

06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer

07:00a
Axel and Deputy Dawg

07:30a
Clancy and Company

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl

09:05a
News (Dean Montgomery)

09:10a
Mike Douglas (co-host Kaye Ballard, guests Rod Serling, Morgana King, Four Preps)

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:15p
Something Special

12:25p
Weather (Bud Kraehling)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (celebrities Jane Wyatt, Roddy McDowell)

01:30p
House Party (guest Peter Lawford)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
I Love Lucy

04:00p
Movie – “Ghost of the China Sea”

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:20p
Direction

06:25p
Weather (Don O’Brien)

06:30p
Roundy Predicts

07:00p
Wingding

07:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies (color)

08:00p
Green Acres (color)

08:30p
Dick Van Dyke

09:00p
Danny Kaye (guests Caterina Valente, Benny Goodman) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Movie – “She Played with Fire”

12:00a
Movie – Western

Rod Serling's really making the rounds this week; on Saturday I mentioned his appearance on Linkletter's House Party. It may have something to do with him having assumed the leadership of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during a stormy time in the Academy's history - both with the networks, and with the growing friction between the New York and Hollywood branches.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


06:00a
Continental Classroom – “People of Plenty”

06:30a
City and Country (color)

07:00a
Today – (guests Robert Merrill, Maj. Gen. Eugene Salert) (color)

09:00a
Fractured Phrases (color)

09:25a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Frank McGee)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

12:30p
World Series Pre-Game (special) (color)

01:00p
World Series Game 6 (Dodgers vs. Twins) (special) (color)

04:00p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

04:30p
Lloyd Thaxton

05:25p
Doctor’s House Call

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
The Virginian (color)

08:00p
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (color)

09:00p
I Spy (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Series Wrapup (color)

10:45p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest Charles Aznavour) (color)

12:15a
Movie – “Gate of Hell”

I'm guessing on KSTP's exact lineup for today, since the World Series game was tentatively scheduled. It was also a short game (2:29), which means they might have returned to network broadcasting earlier than I'm showing. Oh, for the days of afternoon baseball, played at a pace that kept you from falling asleep.


WDSM, Channel 6 (Duluth) NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today – (guests Robert Merrill, Maj. Gen. Eugene Salert) (color)

09:00a
Fractured Phrases (color)

09:25a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Frank McGee)

Afternoon


12:00p
Ben Casey

12:30p
World Series Pre-Game (special) (color)

01:00p
World Series Game 6 (Dodgers vs. Twins) (special) (color)

04:00p
Let’s Make a Deal

04:30p
Bugs Bunny

05:00p
Bozo and His Pals (color)

05:30p
News, Rocky Teller

Evening


06:00p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

06:30p
The Virginian (color)

08:00p
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (color)

09:00p
I Spy (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:20p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest Charles Aznavour) (color)

I do like the idea of Robert Merrill, the great Metropolitan Opera star, on Today. He might have been there to promote the release of his first book of memoirs, Once More from the Beginning. I hope they were able to talk him into singing; that would have got the audience going!


KCMT, Channel 7 (Alexandria) (NBC, ABC)

Morning


07:00a
Today – (guests Robert Merrill, Maj. Gen. Eugene Salert) (color)

09:00a
Fractured Phrases (color)

09:25a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Frank McGee)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:20p
Country Style, U.S.A.

12:30p
World Series Pre-Game (special) (color)

01:00p
World Series Game 6 (Dodgers vs. Twins) (special) (color)

04:00p
Father Knows Best

04:30p
Cartoons

04:45p
Funny Company

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Virginian (color)

08:00p
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (color)

09:00p
I Spy (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Fins and Feathers

10:45p
Movie – “The Sniper”

No, I'm not at all surprised that Channel 7 is not carrying The Tonight Show. As those of you who are regular readers know, it was a very eccentric channel.


WDSE, Channel 8 (Duluth) (Educ.)

Afternoon


04:15p
Teaching Mathematics

04:45p
Spanish Preview

Evening


06:00p
Classroom

06:30p
Supervisory Practices

07:00p
German Playhouse

07:30p
What’s New

08:00p
At Issue (special)

09:00p
Anatomy of a Hit

09:30p
Macalester College

10:00p
Folio

10:30p
Astronomy for You

11:00p
International Magazine

A prime-time schedule similar only in some ways with its Twin Cities counterpart, KTCA. I think they had a stronger relationship with NET when it first came around, though.


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


07:30a
My Little Margie

08:00a
Riley ‘Round the Town

08:30a
Breakfast with Grandpa Ken

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Betty)

10:00a
The Young Set (guest Keefe Brassille)

11:00a
The Eleventh Hour

Afternoon


12:00p
Ben Casey

01:00p
The Nurses

01:30p
A Time For Us 

01:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
Young Marrieds

03:00p
Never Too Young

03:30p
Where the Action Is (guest Charlie Rich)

04:00p
Soupy Sales

04:30p
Dennis the Menace

05:00p
Peter Jennings with the News

05:15p
News and Weather (local)

Evening


06:00p
Huckleberry Hound

06:30p
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (color)

07:00p
Patty Duke

07:30p
Gidget (color)

08:00p
The Big Valley

09:00p
Amos Burke, Secret Agent

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Wrestling Champions

12:00a
Nightlife

Unless I miss my guess, the host of Riley 'Round the Town was Don Riley, the long-time Twin Cities sportswriter, radio and television personality, and all-around raconteur. He was a colorful, opinionated figure, as any sports talk-show host should be. I enjoyed listening to him, and he was very kind to me the one time I met him in person, when I was a little older than I would have been at the time of this issue. He was appearing at a Krazy Daze celebration on Lake Street in Minneapolis, and asked me a couple of sports questions for free tickets on some of the rides. (I got them both right, naturally.) While he was asking me the questions, he kept slipping me some extra tickets. As I've mentioned in other contexts, I don't tend to forget those small acts of kindness.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


09:15a
News (local)

09:30a
Movie – “Hold That Blonde”

10:55a
News (Gil Amundson)

11:00a
Donna Reed

11:30a
Father Knows Best

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch With Casey

12:30p
World Series Pre-Game (special)

12:45p
World Series Game 6 (Dodgers vs. Twins) (special) (color)

04:00p
Popeye and Pete

04:30p
Casey and Roundhouse

04:45p
Peter Potamus (color)

05:15p
Rocky and His Friends (color)

Evening


06:00p
The Rifleman

06:30p
Bold Journey

07:00p
Wild Cargo (color)

07:30p
Wanderlust (debut) (color)

08:00p
The Rogues

09:00p
NFL Play-by-Play

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

10:00p
Movie – “American Guerrilla in the Philippines” (color)

12:00a
Amos ‘n’ Andy

Channel 11 is the home station of the Twins; hence, their coverage of the World Series along with the NBC stations. Since there was no guarantee of a sixth game, I'm guessing that Casey was on at its regular time, but it's only a guess. This is the first time I've handled an issue in which one of the two teams in the Series is playing, and since I lived through this time myself, I can tell you how much excitement there was in the area, and how absolutely heartbreaking their loss in tomorrow's seventh game was for everyone. Even as I was typing this out, for a game which the Twins won, the knowledge of that loss hung heavily over what I was doing. I don't know that the World Series inspires that kind of feeling anymore, particularly since the games are played so late at night a sizable part of the country's already in bed when it ends - unlike here, where you live with the results of the game for the rest of the day.


KEYC, Channel 12 (Mankato) (CBS)

Morning


07:30a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

07:55a
To Be Announced

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
I Love Lucy

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (celebrities Jane Wyatt, Roddy McDowell)

01:30p
House Party (guest Peter Lawford)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
Superman

04:00p
Take 12

04:45p
Bart’s Clubhouse

05:00p
Yogi Bear

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Lost in Space

07:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies (color)

08:00p
Green Acres (color)

08:30p
Dick Van Dyke

09:00p
Danny Kaye (guests Caterina Valente, Benny Goodman) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:35p
Community Campus

11:05p
Suspicion

I've heard enough about Danny Kaye to know that he wasn't always the easiest person to work with, and there are many stories about how he resented it if guests on his show upstaged him. That would ordinarily be enough to color my opinion of him, but he's such an all-around great entertainer - singing, dancing, acting, comedy, drama - it's difficult to hold it against him. He has a pretty good lineup tonight, with Caterina Valente (who was quite visible on television in these days) and the great Benny Goodman.

5 comments:

  1. Odds & Ends:

    - Noting that two of the three CBS stations are not carrying the 6:30 offering, Lost In Space, at least not in the network timeslot (maybe on delay?).
    Lost was new that year; this would have been when Jonathan Harris was still playing Dr. Smith as a villain, before he turned the character into a full-out buffoon (thereby prolonging his stay on the show).

    - Back on the bicycle: Rod Serling's appearance with Mike Douglas aired in Chicago the previous week; on this day, Chicago got Mike talking to Ted Sorenson, who was plugging his biography of JFK.

    - Robert Merrill was a talk- and game-show regular in these days.
    He would sing when called upon, but what he really enjoyed was talking and joking with his hosts; for all his classical cred, Robert Merrill (who was originally Moshe Miller) never really left the Borscht Belt.

    - The Young Set was ABC's attempt to do a serious talk show in the morning; it only lasted to the end of the year.
    The host was Phyllis Kirk, who was phasing out her acting career in favor of interviewing; she'd had some success doing this on local shows all over the country, which is why ABC tapped her for this show.
    On this day, Phyllis Kirk's guest is Keefe Brasselle, about a year after his notorious sweetheart deal with CBS boss James Aubrey blew up in both their faces. Brasselle had just published his revenge novel, The CanniBalS, and was here to plug same.
    It's embarrassing to write this, I guess, but this is a show I'd have liked to see, if only because Ms. Kirk's Hollywood background would have given her better standing to ask questions ... or not (you never know, do you?).

    - Personal note:
    By the time my team, the Chicago White Sox, won the whole Playoff/World Series megilla in 2005, I'd stopped being a baseball fan for almost half a decade.
    I had many reasons for that, none of them really relevant to this discussion, but while this was happening, I knew that Chicago and its media were handling this far differently than it would have if the Cubs were the Team of the Hour.
    I'm seeing this right now, as the Cubs are the Team of the Hour - for the moment.
    The one thing I remember from '05 was that the team the Sox beat in the Series was - the Houston Astros.
    - who aren't even in the National League any more, which does take something away from the experience.

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  2. Channel 3 is CBS, but is airing ABC show "O.K. Crackerby" at 6:30 on Wednesday. Unusual in two ways: this is an ABC series that normally airs on the Thursday night schedule (and it turns out, flops badly -- it was a midseason cancellation).

    Also, Amos n' Andy didn't have much longer in syndication: it was withdrawn in 1966.

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    1. I noticed OK CRACKERBY on a CBS affiliate's schedule as well. I see that it's also not noted to be in color, which is how ABC aired it, so the station probably recorded it in B&W.

      I have a question about the show right after it. Was WINGDING a real show? If it was I guess it was local. I ask because THE LUCY SHOW aired an episode right around this time ("Lucy in the Music World") where Lucy was assisting a sponsor in writing down the words for a music show called WINGDING (which makes me wonder why whoever asked her to do that didn't just ask for the words from the show staff who wrote them). As portrayed on Lucy's show, WINGDING was a frenetic satire of frenetic teen music shows like SHINDIG & HULLABALOO. It has a very catchy theme song too, I think.

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  3. So did Ch.11 just air the NBC feed, or did it use local announcers and production? And when did allowing multiple stations to air the World Series end? (IIRC, local broadcasters today are allowed to air radio broadcasts of the WS with their own announcers--but only on the flagship station.)

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    1. WTCN's telecast of the World Series game was a simulcast with NBC.

      Major League Baseball did allow local radio flagship stations to originate their own World Series broadcasts in the early 1980's, but the local broadcasts are restricted to flagship stations, as noted above, and must also carry network (in this year's case, ESPN Radio) commercials.

      MLB has never allowed local telecasts of the World Series, but for a time until the early 1980's, did allow local TV broadcasts of League Championship Series games. But that practice has since been discontinued.

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