February 13, 2017

What's on TV? Tuesday, February 15, 1966

When we last talked on Saturday, I told you that if I wasn't successful in getting the TV Guides unboxed, you'd be getting listings courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. Well, here we are on Monday, and true to my word, since the issues remain in their boxes (along with over 50 boxes of books and a good many other things), I've resorted to the online archives of the Tribune for today's listings.

A word about these archives, which are truly magnificent - unlike any other big city newspaper that I've been able to identify, the Trib has digitized all of their past issues, and make them all available free to anyone who cares to seek them out. No accounts, no logins, no subscriptions. It's not only a wonderful research resource, it's just plain fun to read through.

I may have to do this again sometime. Depending on how the unpacking goes, it may be as soon as next week. Speaking of which, I'm sure you'll understand if I dispense with the commentary, other than to note that the times listed for the educational stations are the most precise I've ever seen. Perhaps Mike Doran can fill in the blanks for us.


WBBM, Channel 2 (CBS)

Morning


05:40a
Early Report (color)

05:45a
Sunrise Semester

06:15a
Farm Report

06:30a
Seminar ‘66

07:00a
Morning News   

07:05a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

07:30a
Clown Alley

07:55a
Junior Newsroom

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
I Love Lucy

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy of Mayberry

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow  

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
Noon Report   

12:15p
Lee Phillip

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password

01:30p
House Party (color)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
Leave it to Beaver

04:00p
The Early Show – “The Mysterians”

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (color)

Evening


06:00p
News (Fahey Flynn)

06:25p
Standpoint

06:30p
Daktari (color)

07:30p
Red Skelton (guests Ed Wynn, Donna Loren) (color)

08:30p
Petticoat Junction (color)

09:00p
CBS Reports – “The Divorce Dilemma”

10:00p
News (Fahey Flynn)

10:25p
Sports (Johnny Morris)

10:30p
The Late Show – Pete Kelly’s Blues” (color)

12:25a
Between Shows

12:30a
The Late, Late Show – “Above Us the Waves”

02:15a
Late Report (color)



WMAQ, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


05:45a
Town and Farm (color)

06:00a
The Heroic Years (color)

06:30a
Today in Chicago (color)

07:00a
Today (color)

09:00a
I Guess (color)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Post Office (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
P.D.Q. (color)

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World  

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (color)

03:30p
The Letter Game (color)

04:00p
Lloyd Thaxton (color)

05:00p
Chicago Report

Evening


06:00p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report (color)

06:30p
My Mother, the Car (color)

07:00p
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (color)

07:30p
Dr. Kildare (color)

08:00p
Tuesday Night at the Movies – “Forever Female”

10:00p
Night Report (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (color)

12:00a
Merv Griffin



WBKB, Channel 7 (ABC)

Morning


06:25a
Reflections

06:30a
The Arts

07:00a
The New Three Stooges

08:00a
Jim Conway

09:30a
Gypsy Rose Lee

10:00a
Supermarket Sweep

10:30a
The Dating Game

11:00a
Donna Reed

11:30a
Father Knows Best

Afternoon


12:00p
Ben Casey

01:00p
The Nurses

01:30p
A Time for Us

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
Young Marrieds

03:00p
Never Too Young

03:30p
Where the Action Is

04:00p
The Big Show – “I Was a Teenage Frankenstein”

05:30p
News (Glen Hanson)

05:45p
Peter Jennings with the News

Evening


06:00p
Passage to Adventure (color)

06:30p
Combat!

07:30p
McHale’s Navy

08:00p
F-Troop

08:30p
Peyton Place

09:00p
ABC News Special – “Anatomy of Pop: The Music Explosion”

10:00p
News (Joe Templeton)

10:25p
Tuesday Night Movie – “Musketeers and the Sea”

12:40a
News (local)

12:45a
Sam Benedict

01:45a
News (local)

  

WGN, Channel 9 (Ind.)

Morning


06:45a
News (local)

07:00a
Top o’ the Morn (color)

07:30a
Rayner and Friends (color)

08:15a
The King and Odie (color)

08:30a
Treetop House (color)

09:00a
Romper Room (color)

09:30a
Exercise with Gloria (color)

10:00a
Girl Talk

10:30a
Loretta Young

11:00a
Divorce Court

Afternoon


12:00p
Bozo’s Circus (color)

01:00p
Mike Douglas

02:30p
M Squad

03:00p
Sea Hunt

03:30p
The Three Stooges

04:00p
Dick Tracy (color)

04:30p
The Mickey Mouse Club (color)

05:00p
Garfield Goose (color)

05:45p
News (local) (color)

05:55p
Sports (local) (color)

Evening


06:00p
Yogi Bear (color)

06:30p
Cartoon Cut-Ups (color)

07:00p
McKeever and the Colonel

07:30p
Dobie Gillis

08:00p
Step This Way

08:30p
The Twilight Zone

09:00p
The Saint

10:00p
News (Park-Ruddle) (color)

10:15p
WGN-TV Presents – “The Barbarian and the Geisha” (color)

12:20a
News (Carl Greyson)

12:40a
M Squad

01:10a
San Francisco Beat

  

WTTW, Channel 11 (Educ.)

Morning


09:15a
Your State Today

09:39a
Science

10:03a
Parlons Francais

10:40a
Quest for the Best

Afternoon


12:50p
Your State Today

01:14p
Science Land

01:40p
Spanish

02:02p
Literature

02:21p
Exploring Nature

04:30p
Folk Guitar

05:00p
What’s New?

05:30p
Children’s Fair

Evening


06:45p
TV College (Oral Interpretation)

07:15p
TV College (American History)

08:00p
Foreign Review

08:30p
The French Chef

09:00p
You and Your Career

09:30p
Medically Speaking

10:00p
Insight

10:30p
TV College

  

WXXW, Channel 20 (Educ.)

Morning


09:00a
Spanish

09:39a
Music

10:03a
Arithmetic

10:40a
Science

11:05a
Law and the Nurses

Afternoon


12:30p
Franklin to Frost

01:21p
Parlons Francais

01:40p
Science

02:02p
Parlons Francais

02:21p
Science



WCJU, Channel 26 (Ind.)

Afternoon


04:00p
Western Adventure

05:00p
Our Miss Brooks

05:30p
December Bride

Evening


06:00p
News; Spanish Serial

06:30p
Noticias

06:35p
Sulver Screen

08:00p
The Buccaneers

08:30p
Cross-Current

09:00p
Wire Service

10:00p
Star Performance

10:30p
Mr. Adams and Eve



WFLD, Channel 32 (Ind.)

Afternoon


04:00p
Kaleidoscope (color)

04:30p
Great Art (color)

04:45p
Kaleidoscope (color)

05:30p
Great Art (color)

05:45p
Kaleidoscope (color)

Evening


06:00p
Newscope

06:30p
Scarlett Hill

07:00p
College Basketball – St. John’s vs. Notre Dame

08:45p
Newscope

09:00p
George Pierrot Presents (color)

10:30p
Journey of a Lifetime (color)

11:00p
Newscope


4 comments:

  1. At our house we didn't get TV Guide for a long time, so we used newspaper listings as our guide. We took three papers when I was growing up, the Holdrege (NE) Daily Citizen Monday-through-Friday, the Hastings (NE) Daily Tribune from Monday-through-Saturday, and the Omaha Sunday World-Herald on Sunday. The Sunday World-Herald had an Entertainment section which had the TV listings for the week. Not only did they have the listings for Omaha, Lincoln, and western Iowa stations, they had prime-time listings for other Nebraska and western Iowa stations. They even had listings for KOA-TV in Denver! The Tribune started printing TV listings around 1975 in their Saturday paper too. Now that I live in Grand Island, I get the Independent's TV listings in the Sunday paper. I have DirecTV and use those instead.

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  2. "I Guess"? My guess is WMAQ-TV or the Chicago Tribune hadn't seen EYE GUESS yet. It had only been on the air a bit over a month at that time, so that's understandable.

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    1. Jon H:
      My honest-to-pete TV Guide - Chicago edition - calls the show Eye Guess, so this would be a Trib typo.
      We're still in the era when newspapers - even the Trib, which owned Channel 9 - regarded TV as competition for ad dollars; coverage tended to be grudging.

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  3. "Fill in the blanks"?
    Daily newspaper listings were generally nothing but blanks.

    This is going to be a bit at a time, due to the Curse of 4096:

    WBBM, Channel 2:
    - Junior Newsroom was a five minute newsbreak aimed at kids, anchored by ch2's farm reporter, George Menard.
    Several Chicago stations did shows like this, off-and-on, but this one was the longest-running - and it ended its run not long after this.

    - Standpoint at 6:25pm andBetween Shows at 12:25am were news commentaries delivered by John Justin Smith, who came to ch2 from the Chicago Daily News, to which he returned not long after this.

    WMAQ, Channel 5:

    - Chicago Report, at 5pm, was the first hour-long afternoon/evening news show in Chicago (note for yourself how short the other stations's news blocks are).
    Ch5's principal anchorman for this show was Charles McCuen, a name you might recognize from your earlier term in Minneapolis.

    WBKB, Channel 7:

    - ABC News Special: Anatomy Of Pop is pre-empting The Fugitive this week.
    To me, this is a head-scratcher; February was a Sweeps month, and The Fugitive was one of ABC's few dependable rating-getters at that point.

    - I think I've mentioned Joe Templeton, the 10pm news anchor, in connection with some of your Texas posts from several years before.
    Templeton came to ch7 as an emergency replacement for Frank Reynolds, when ABC poached him for network duty a couple of years before.
    This was a period when newscasters were mainly migratory; Chicago was a favored way station on the way up the network chain.

    - Ch7 ran old syndie shows in late night; Tuesday's offering was Sam Benedict, Edmond O'Brien's 1962 lawyer show.
    I mention it here because Benedict just came out on DVD; I've been watching some of them, and they strike me as a cut above much of the other network fare of that time (Benedict only ran one season; it fell to Jackie Gleason's comeback show on CBS).

    WGN, Channel 9, WCIU, Channel 26, and WFLD, Channel 32:

    Not much to write up here,really.
    Ch9 had kid shows in the morning and late afternoon, syndie reruns in the evening, movies late at night.
    Ch26 started late in the afternoon, with B-movies and syndies, quite a bit older than the ones on ch9.
    Ch32 had only launched about a month before this; they were still hunting down syndie fare that the other stations hadn't yet bought up.
    I'm skipping the educational stations because that's all they were back then; PBS was still half a decade away.

    You picked a slow day here.
    if had had chosen Monday, I would have had more to work with.

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