December 26, 2016

What's on TV? Sunday, December 25, 1966

Happy Boxing Day! It isn't often that us Americans get the day off, but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, as it did yesterday, today becomes the legal holiday. I don't know what you're planning on, but I intend to be in front of the TV watching the English Premier League and their annual Boxing Day matches.

You won't find the Premier League, or any other soccer, on tap for Christmas 1966, but there's plenty more to choose from. As always on occasions such as this, I'm grateful to be able to turn to a Twin Cities TV Guide, since I would have had such an issue in our home (though not the physical one I'm looking at now; who knows where the original wound up?), and would have watched some of these very programs. Let's see what they are.



WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning

07:45a
Sacred Heart

08:00a
The Story (color)

08:30a
The Christophers (color)

09:00a
L’Enfance du Christ (special)

10:00a
Movie – “Hold That Hypnotist”

11:00a
Popeye and Friends (color)

11:30a
Let’s Go Traveling (color)

11:45a
World of Aviation (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
News (Dean Montgomery) (color)

12:15p
Weather (Bob Potter) (color)

12:20p
Sports (Don Dahl) (color)

12:30p
The Year in Sports (special) (color)

01:00p
Minnesota ’66 (special) (color)

02:00p
CBS News 1966 (special) (color)

03:00p
Moscow State Circus (special)

04:00p
Password (panelists Lee Remick, Peter Lawford) (color)

04:30p
Original Amateur Hour (return) (color)

05:00p
Christmas in Spanish Harlem (special) (color)

05:30p
News (Dean Montgomery) (color)

05:45p
Weather (Bud Kraehling) (color)

05:50p
Sports (Don Dahl) (color)

Evening

06:00p
Lassie (color)

06:30p
It’s About Time (color)

07:00p
Ed Sullivan (European circus acts) (color)

08:00p
Garry Moore (guests Mel Torme, Buddy Rich and his orchestra, Randy Kirby) (color)

09:00p
Candid Camera (color)

09:30p
What’s My Line? (panelists Suzy Knickerbocker, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf) (color)

10:00p
News (Dean Montgomery) (color)

10:15p
Weather (Bud Kraehling) (color)

10:20p
Sports (Hal Scott) (color)

10:30p
Movie – “A Private’s Affair” (color)

Channel 4 spends part of the afternoon doing year-end retrospectives on the year in sports and the year in Minnesota news. Do local stations do these anymore? I'm not being snarky; I don't watch enough local programming these days to know.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)
Morning

07:45a
Light Time

08:00a
Bible Story Time (color)

08:30a
Hymn Time (color)

09:00a
Do You Believe? (color)

09:30a
Faith for Today (color)

10:00a
Church Service (Episcopal) (special) (color)

11:00a
This is the Life (color)

11:30a
Forest Rangers i(color)

Afternoon

12:00p
News (Gene Berry) (color) 10 Business News (color)

12:15p
Jane’s Christmas Day (special) (color)

12:30p
Meet the Press (guest McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation) (color)

01:00p
Movie – “The Holly and the Ivy”

02:30p
Movie – “The Detective”

04:00p
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom (color)

04:30p
G-E College Bowl (Puget Sound vs. Smith or North Central) (color)

05:00p
Bell Telephone Hour (special) (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (Bob Ryan) (color)


06:15p
Weather (Peter Evensen) (color)


06:20p
Sports (Steve Cannon) (color)

06:30p
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (color)

07:30p
Hey Landlord! (color)

08:00p
Bonanza (color)

09:00p
Andy Williams (guests Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, the Osmond Borthers, Peggy Fleming, Julian and His Dogs, Gil Dova, Channing Pollock) (color)

10:00p
News (Bob Ryan) (color) 

10:15p
Weather (Peter Evensen) (color)

10:20p
Sports (Steve Cannon) (color)

10:30p
Joe Pyne (guests Dr. Frank Stranges, Chris Sauer, John Cason Black) (color)

12:00a
Movie – “Portrait of Jennie”


Jane's Christmas Day, at 12:15 p.m., is hosted by Jane Johnston, a local TV personality and current host of Dialing for Dollars. It's 15 minutes of her singing Christmas music and reading the story of the Nativity to staff members' children. 


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning

08:00a
Insight (color)

08:30a
Soul’s Harbor

09:00a
Oral Roberts

09:30a
Peter Potamus (color)

10:00a
Bullwinkle (color)

10:30a
Discovery ’66 (color)

11:00a
Beany and Cecil (color)

11:30a
Grandpa Ken

Afternoon

12:00p
ABC Scope (color)

12:30p
Organ Notes

01:00p
Christmas Tyme (special)

01:30p
The Gift (special)

02:00p
The Eleventh Hour

03:00p
Saga of Western Man – “Christ is Born” (special) (color)

04:00p
Surfside 6

05:00p
The Greatest Show on Earth (color)

Evening

06:00p
The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (special) (color)

07:00p
The FBI (color)

08:00p
Movie – “The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones” (color)

10:00p
News (Bill Fahan)

10:15p
Weather (Jerry Smith)

10:20p
Sports (Tony Parker)

10:30p
Movie – “Daddy Longlegs” (color)

Between The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood and "The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones," I think we can all agree on one thing: ABC is the network of danger.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning

09:00a
News (local)

09:15a
Christmas Cartoons

09:30a
Film Feature

10:00a
Joyful Hour (special)

11:00a
Church Service (Methodist)

Afternoon

12:00p
Sunday Report

12:30p
God is the Answer

01:30p
Echoes from Calvary

02:00p
Fremont Church Choir

02:30p
Northwest Bible Institute Choir

03:00p
A Star Shall Rise (special)

03:30p
Osseo High School Choir

04:00p
Southwest High School Choir

04:30p
Stillwater High School Choir

05:00p
Rocky and His Friends (color)

05:30p
Ice Show (special)

Evening

06:30p
To Be Announced

07:00p
Movie – “The Road to Glory”

09:00p
Bishop Sheen

09:30p
News (Stuart A. Lindman)

09:45p
Weather (Rodger Kent)

09:50p
Sports (Frank Beutel)

10:00p
Movie – “Chicken Every Sunday”

I find Channel 11's afternoon lineup charming - an almost constant run of local high school choirs singing Christmas music. You don't see that much anymore; I'm not even sure public school students are allowed to sing religious carols. When I lived in The World's Worst Town™, KCMT presented an hour of these concerts, two schools back-to-back, every weekday, taped live, just before the network news. One year, our school's choir was chosen. The show ran a little short, and to fill out the last minute or so, the choir director had them sing an additional verse of the carol they were doing. One problem: they'd only rehearsed the first two verses, and most of them didn't know the third verse. Let me tell you, it made for hilarious viewing.

5 comments:

  1. It surprises me that outside of Ch.11 religious and Christmas programming is limited mostly to the morning hours. Does anybody remember if Christmas night programming was holiday focused in these years, or did shows move on to the rest of the year?
    Plus were all these news programs live? It's unusual to see so many stations with noon newscasts on Sundays back then.

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  2. Merry Christmas, Mitchell and thanks for another great year. Nothing more "Christmasy" than an late night dose of that surly elf, Joe "Go Gargle With Razor Blades" Pyne....

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  3. A few things. One of them is that football is missing. The AFL & NFL concluded their regular seasons on December 18 and will not play their championship games until New Year's Day. Super Bowl I was two weeks later. The NFL is still reluctant to schedule games on a Sunday Christmas even though there were two this year. One of the teams that played, the Kansas City Chiefs, lost a double-overtime AFC playoff game on Christmas 1971 that delayed a lot of Christmas dinners. The second one is that I noticed that a couple of the Minnesota stations had noon news on Sunday. I don't think that I ever saw that in Nebraska, even in the 60s. As for local choirs on TV, the only stations that air that kind of stuff anymore are the local ABC affiliate on Christmas Eve and the local Fox affiliate on Christmas morning. They are owned by the same company.

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  4. The thing about the AFL season in '66 was the decline of the Buffalo Bills defensive juggernaut at the hands of the new look offense of the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL championship game. The Chiefs steamrollered the Bills 31-7 in a cold, snowy, drizzly game played at War Memorial Stadium, thus depriving the Bills the chance to be the first AFL representative in SB I.

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  5. A few stations still do "Year In Review" specials. Some stations in small markets (or up in Canada) tape these shows a couple of days before Christmas and air them on Christmas Day in place of live local newscasts, giving the station's entire news and program production staffs the Holiday off.

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