March 6, 2017

What's on TV? Saturday, March 6, 1965

One of the reasons I enjoy looking at Saturday listings, aside from the fond memories it produces, is that it gives us a little more variety than weekdays. The afternoon programs are rarely the same from week to week, and local movies abound. Will the same hold true this week? Let's find out!

Note that KTCA, the educational channel, doesn't broadcast on weekends - after all, school's out of session.



WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Sunrise Semester

07:00a
Mister Mayor

08:00a
The Alvin Show

08:30a
Tennessee Tuxedo

09:00a
Quick Draw McGraw

09:30a
Mighty Mouse

10:00a
Linus the Lionhearted

10:30a
The Jetsons

11:00a
Sky King

11:30a
My Friend Flicka

Afternoon


12:00p
News (Don Dahl)

12:15p
Weather (Bob Potter)

12:20p
Sports (Hal Scott)

12:30p
Hobbies and Handicrafts

12:45p
Almanac Newsreel

01:00p
CBS Golf Classic (Billy Casper and Bob Rosberg vs. Bo Wininger and Tommy Bolt)

02:00p
Movie – “Live Wires”

03:00p
Keyhole

03:30p
Big Ten Basketball (Minnesota vs. Michigan)

05:00p
Commercial

05:15p
Sports Locker Room

05:30p
Survival

Evening


06:00p
News (Dave Moore)

06:15p
Sports (Don Dahl)

06:25p
Weather (Don O’Brien)

06:30p
Jackie Gleason (guest Al Bernie)

07:30p
Gilligan’s Island

08:00p
The Entertainers

09:00p
Gunsmoke

10:00p
News (Dave Moore)

10:15p
Weather (Bud Kraehling)

10:20p
Sports (Don Dahl)

10:30p
Critics Award – “Picnic”

12:00a
The Bedtime Nooz (time approximate)

12:15a
Movie – “Ghost Chasers”

01:15a
Night Kappers

As I've mentioned before, Critics Award was the prestige movie show on Minneapolis television, as I recall. It was sponsored by the Iron Mining Industry of Minnesota, and presented uninterrupted, save for an informational film on the taconite industry shown at the beginning by host Earl Henson. That would run a few minutes, but it was worth it. Of course, some of those commercials might have wound up on some kind of DVD collection today, while some of the movies shown on Critics Award are now forgotten, so I guess everything's relative.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


07:30a
Farm Scene (color)

08:00a
Andy’s Gang

08:30a
Hector Heathcote (color)

09:00a
Underdog (color)

09:30a
Fireball XL-5

10:00a
Dennis the Menace

10:30a
Fury

11:00a
Exploring (color)

11:30a
Hoppity Hooper (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Watch Mr. Wizard

12:30p
Science Fiction Theater

01:00p
Movie – “The Giant Gila Monster”

02:15p
Movie – “The Black Cat”

03:15p
Film Short – “Tomorrow Will Be Too Late”

03:30p
Gadabout Gaddis (color)

04:00p
Big Three Golf (color)

05:00p
M Squad

05:30p
Everglades (color)

Evening


06:00p
News (John MacDougall) (color)

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

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

06:30p
Flipper (color)

07:00p
Kentucky Jones

07:30p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Battleground”

10:00p
News (Bob Ryan) (color)

10:15p
Weather (Johnny Morris) (color)

10:20p
Sports (Al Tighe) (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Mel Tormé, Ethel Ennis, Pete Barbutti, Nina Wayne) (color)

12:15a
Movie – “Teenage Caveman”

What I find interesting here is that KSTP, as well as WCCO, has their first-string news team on the Saturday news. Later in the '60s, The Huntley-Brinkley Report introduces a Saturday edition as well. Remember, back then Saturday was a kind of extension of the rest of the week, and it wasn't uncommon for people in some professions to work a half-day. I'm glad that's changed. 


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


09:00a
Shenanigans

09:30a
Annie Oakley

10:00a
Casper

10:30a
Porky Pig

11:00a
Bugs Bunny

Afternoon


12:00p
American Bandstand (guests Chad Everett, Little Richard, J. Frank Wilson)

01:00p
Sen. Eugene McCarthy

01:15p
Commercial

01:30p
Wrestling Champions

02:30p
Pro Bowlers Tour

04:00p
Wide World of Sports (World Figure Skating Championships, National Ski Jumping Championship)

05:30p
Peter Gunn

Evening


06:00p
FDR

06:30p
The King Family

07:30p
Lawrence Welk

08:30p
The Hollywood Palace (host Eddie Fisher, guests Connie Stevens, Jack Carter, the Marquis Chimps, the Arirang Korean ballet troupe, Ben Wrigley, Kuban Cossacks dance team)

09:30p
The Rebel

10:00p
News (Don Riley)

10:15p
Weather (Mort Garren)

10:20p
Sports (D.J. Leary)

10:30p
Movie – “The Horse Soldiers” (color)

12:45a
ABC News

That FDR series on at 6:00 p.m. is a weekly series which ABC aired in the 1964-65 season; it was shown on a different night of the week on the network, but KMSP preempted it for local programming, which probably brought in higher ratings and, therefore, more revenue. Like ABC's earlier Winston Churchill series, the star power was in the narration; Richard Burton on Churchill, and Arthur Kennedy and Charlton Heston here.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


09:45a
News (local)

10:00a
About Ireland

10:30a
Pinky Lee

11:00a
Exploring Nature

11:30a
The King and Odie

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch with Casey

01:00p
Roundhouse Rodney

01:30p
Film Short

01:45p
Commercial

02:00p
Championship Bowling (Fred Lening vs. Billy Hardwick)

03:00p
Rocky and His Friends

03:30p
Abbott and Costello

04:00p
Movie – “Atlas”

05:30p
Sea Hunt

Evening


06:00p
All Star Wrestling

07:30p
Movie – “Tarzan’s Savage Fury”

09:00p
Adventure Theater

09:30p
News (Gil Amundson)

09:45p
Weather (Stuart A. Lindman)

09:50p
Sports (Jack Horner)

10:00p
Movie – “Two Women”

12:00a
Commercial

12:15a
Amos ‘n’ Andy


This week offered some quality movies on the local stations; "Picnic" on Channel 4, "The Horse Soldiers" on Channel 9, and on Channel 11 it's Sophia Loren's Oscar-winning performance in "Two Women." Of course, we've also got "The Giant Gila Monster" and "Teenage Caveman", but where would Mystery Science Theater 3000 be without them?

1 comment:

  1. If my memory serves me correct, when "Huntley/Brinkley" went to six nights a week, either Chet Huntley or David Brinkley would appear appear live (each working every other week) with the other contributing a taped piece (usually a commentary or essay recorded on Friday) that would be seen during the broadcast, as well as taping his portion of the "Good Night Chet/Good Night, David" sign-off.

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