March 27, 2017

What's on TV? Wednesday, March 24, 1971

This was one of the first 1970s Twin Cities TV Guides I wrote about, and it's appropriate we look at one of the listings from this issue, since we've spent the last few weeks in the 1960s. Now we're seeing the transition from one decade to the next, and while 1971 doesn't seem that different from the late '60s, that will change by the end of the '70s.




KTCA, Channel 2 (PBS)

Morning


08:30a
Classroom (B&W)

Afternoon


01:10p
Classroom (B&W)

03:00p
Supervision of the Disadvantaged (B&W)

03:40p
Spanish for Teachers (B&W)

04:00p
Business Management

04:30p
Sesame Street

05:30p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Evening


06:00p
Supervision (B&W)

06:30p
Inquiry (B&W)

07:00p
The French Chef

07:30p
Law Night

08:00p
They Went That’a Way  (B&W)

08:30p
Books and Ideas (B&W)

09:00p
Minnesota Gothic (special)

Minnesota Gothic - KTCA always has had a strong ability to tell Minnesota stories.


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Sunrise Semester (Life Processes)

07:00a
Clancy and Carmen

07:30a
Clancy and Willie

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
‘Morning

09:30a
The Beverly Hillbillies

10:00a
Family Affair

10:30a
Love of Life

11:00a
Where the Heart Is

11:25a
Live Today

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Love is a Many Splendored Thing

01:30p
The Guiding Light

02:00p
The Secret Storm

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
Gomer Pyle, USMC

03:30p
The Lucy Show

04:00p
Mike Douglas (co-host Beverly Sills, guests Jimmy Durante, Sonny King, Winzola McLendon)

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Window on the World (special)

07:30p
To Rome with Love

08:00p
Medical Center

09:00p
Hawaii Five-O

10:00p
The Scene Tonight

10:50p
Merv Griffin

12:20a
Movie – “Racing Blood”

Window on the World is a WCCO news report on the proposed Minnesota Zoological Garden; WCCO newsmen travel to various zoos around the country, looking at the new wave zoo that tries to replicate the habitat in which the animals would live in the wild. Indeed, the Minnesota Zoo does eventually come to fruition, although it takes a very long time to catch on with the public, and goes through various financial problems. I grew up with St. Paul's Como Park Zoo as the place for school field trips; I still have a fondness for Como as opposed to the "new" zoo.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


06:30a
Minnesota Today

07:00a
Today

09:00a
Dinah’s Place (guests Ruth Buzzi, Dennis Allen, Johnny Brown, Barbara Sharma)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Sale of the Century

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Richard Castellano, Lee Grant, Paul Lynde, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales Jo Anne Worley, Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Charley Weaver)

11:00a
Jeopardy

11:30a
The Who, What or Where Game  

11:55a
Man to Woman

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:15p
Dial 5

01:00p
Days of Our Lives

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World

02:30p
Bright Promise

03:00p
Somerset

03:30p
David Frost (guests Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Edgar Mitchell and their wives, scientist Paul Gast)

04:30p
Virginia Graham (guests Phyllis Diller, Jim Backus, Dody Goodman, Maynard Sensenbrenner)

05:30p
NBC Nightly News

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Men From Shiloh

08:00p
Bell System Family Theatre – “Jane Eyre”

10:00p
Twin News Tonight

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

12:00a
The Baron

The Baron was part of a package of similar British programs which appeared Monday through Thursday at midnight on Channel 5. (Friday is movie night, you know.) Monday is Man in a Suitcase, Tuesday is The Champions, and Thursday features The Prisoner. Not bad at all. 


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


07:00a
CBS Morning News (John Hart)

08:00a
News and Views

08:30a
Grandpa Ken

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Karen)

09:30a
Mantrap (guests Scoey Mitchell, Jacqueline Susann, Meredith MacRae, Anna Cameron)

10:00a
I Love Lucy (B&W)

10:30a
That Girl

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
A World Apart

Afternoon


12:00p
All My Children

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal

01:00p
The Newlywed Game

01:30p
The Dating Game

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
One Life to Live

03:00p
Dark Shadows

03:30p
Peyton Place

04:00p
Hazel

04:30p
McHale’s Navy (B&W)

05:00p
ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner

05:30p
To Tell the Truth (panel Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen, Gene Rayburn, Della Reese)

Evening


06:00p
Truth or Consequences

06:30p
The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

07:00p
Room 222

07:30p
The Smith Family

08:00p
Johnny Cash (guests Charley Pride, the Carpenters, Tommy Cash, Bob Luman, Red Lane)

09:00p
The Young Lawyers

10:00p
Eyewitness News

10:30p
The Wild Wild West

11:30p
Dick Cavett (guests Walter Hickel, Jim Fowler)

01:00a
News (local)

WCCO had what would be one of the last blocks of local kids' shows, with Clancy, Carmen, and Willie preceding Captain Kangaroo. This meant the station didn't carry the CBS Morning News, which for many years was instead carried on Channel 9, since ABC didn't have a morning news program of its own. It makes sense to me today, but it confused the hell out of me when I was a kid.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


08:00a
Casey and Roundhouse

09:00a
News (local)

09:30a
Jack LaLanne

10:00a
Dialing for Dollars

10:30a
Beat the Clock

11:00a
Divorce Court

11:30a
The Galloping Gourmet

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch With Casey

01:00p
Mr. Ed (B&W)

01:35p
Lucille Rivers 

01:45p
Back Court Show

02:00p
Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament (special)

04:30p
Fred Flintstone and Friends (time approximate) (B&W)

05:30p
Star Trek

Evening


06:30p
Daniel Boone

07:30p
Minnesota State High School Basketball Tournament (special)

10:30p
TV-11 News (time approximate)

11:00p
Wonderful World of Movies – “The 49th Parallel) (B&W)

I remember Dialing for Dollars from its many years on Channel 5; even though in 1971 we had yet to move to The World's Worst Town™, I have no memory of it being on Channel 11. I wonder if it had the same people? I just checked, and No! While Jim Hutton and Jane Johnston were the hosts most closely associated with Dialing for Dollars on KSTP, the host on WTCN was none other than Mel Jass! I should have known. 


KTCI, Channel 17 (PBS)

Morning


09:00a
Sesame Street

Afternoon


12:00p
Classroom (B&W)

Aside from classroom broadcasting, there wasn't much on KTCI back then; it hadn't evolved into a full-fledged secondary PBS channel.

4 comments:

  1. Why would a cartoon package with THE FLINTSTONES be in black & white? Hanna-Barbera made everything in color from the start, even if it wasn't originally broadcast that way.

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    1. You're absolutely right - I'm guessing probably a typo in the listing.

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  2. Fun to see the State Basketball tournament on WTCN and the 2:00 PM start time for the afternoon session and 7:30 for the night session. FWIW this was the 1st year of the class system in MN and on the 1 st two days this year it wasn't one class. Day one had AA in the afternoon and A at night with Day 2 reversed. Friday was the semis and Saturday the finals. The following Saturday,April 3 the two class champs met at Williams Arena for the overall State Title.

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  3. Fun to see the State Basketball tournament on WTCN and the 2:00 PM start time for the afternoon session and 7:30 for the night session. FWIW this was the 1st year of the class system in MN and on the 1 st two days this year it wasn't one class. Day one had AA in the afternoon and A at night with Day 2 reversed. Friday was the semis and Saturday the finals. The following Saturday,April 3 the two class champs met at Williams Arena for the overall State Title.

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