May 1, 2017

What's on TV? Friday, May 4, 1973

What is it with you guys? Five weeks, and nobody's commented on the new format for the listings? And to think of the time and effort I put into perfecting this. Eh...

A number of interesting notes this week; I think they speak for themselves, so we'll get to it. The edition in question is the Minnesota State Edition, so of course you're treated once again to a look at KCMT, the station available in The World's Worst Town™.


KTCA, Channel 2 (PBS)
Morning
09:30a
Film (B&W)
10:00a
The Electric Company
10:30a
Film (B&W)
11:10a
Film (B&W)
Afternoon
12:00p
Sesame Street
02:15p
Film (B&W)
03:00p
German
04:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
04:30p
Sesame Street
05:30p
The Electric Company
Evening
06:00p
Performance Reviews (B&W)
06:30p
Wall $treet Week
07:00p
Washington Week in Review
07:30p
Lenox Quartet
08:00p
Your World This Week
08:30p
Thirty Minutes With
09:00p
To Be Announced

Now we're starting to see Channel 2 morph into the PBS affiliate we all know and love. Wall $treet Week was a staple of Friday nights in our household for years; I not only learned a lot about economics, I loved Louis Rukeyser's droll, pun-filled presentation.
                                              
KGLO, Channel 3 (Mason City) (CBS)
Morning
06:30a
Sunrise Semester (Astronomy and Astrology)
07:00a
CBS Morning News with John Hart
08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest Dr. Joyce Brothers)
09:00a
The Joker’s Wild
09:30a
The $10,000 Pyramid (Tony Randall, Rita Moreno)
10:00a
Gambit
10:30a
Love of Life
10:55a
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)
11:00a
The Young and the Restless
11:30a
Search for Tomorrow
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
As the World Turns
01:00p
The Guiding Light
01:30p
The Edge of Night
02:00p
The New Price is Right
02:30p
Hollywood’s Talking
03:00p
The Secret Storm
03:30p
Sesame Street
04:30p
Tennessee Tuxedo
05:00p
Hazel
05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
That Good Ole Nashville Music (guests Jim Ed Brown, Barbara Mandrell, Dave Dudley)
07:00p
Mission: Impossible
08:00p
CBS Friday Night Movie – “Chubasco”
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
CBS Late Movie – “Speedway”
12:30a
Naked City (B&W)

I'm always interested to see Sesame Street show up on a commercial station in an area where no PBS affiliate exists. I'm assuming there must have been some kind of special arrangement in those areas to enable commercial stations to pick it up.

WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)
Morning
06:30a
Sunrise Semester (Astronomy and Astrology)
07:00a
Carmen
07:30a
Clancy and Willie
08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest Dr. Joyce Brothers)
09:00a
The Joker’s Wild
09:30a
The $10,000 Pyramid (Tony Randall, Rita Moreno)
10:00a
Gambit
10:30a
Love of Life
10:55a
Live Today
11:00a
The Young and the Restless
11:30a
Search for Tomorrow
Afternoon
12:00p
Midday (guest Abigail McCarthy)
12:30p
As the World Turns
01:00p
The Guiding Light
01:30p
The Edge of Night
02:00p
The New Price is Right
02:30p
Hollywood’s Talking
03:00p
The Secret Storm
03:30p
Movie – “The Night of the Grizzly”
05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
Talk with the Manager
07:00p
Mission: Impossible
08:00p
CBS Friday Night Movie – “Chubasco”
10:00p
News (local)
10:50p
Movie – “Man on the Flying Trapeze” (B&W)
12:00a
Movie – “Speak Easily” (time approximate) (B&W)
01:50a
Movie – “Baghdad”

WCCO and KSTP were the last stations in the Twin Cities to have local children's programming. While Channel 9 preserved Grandpa Ken and Romper Room, WCCO continued with Clancy, Willie, and Carmen - all of whom I met in the day.

KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)
Morning
06:00a
Minnesota Today
06:30a
Not for Women Only
07:00a
Today
09:00a
Dinah’s Place (guest Carol Lynley)
09:30a
Baffle (Demond Wilson, Jo Anne Worley)
10:00a
Sale of the Century
10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (Pearl Bailey, Amanda Blake, Richard Crenna, Peter Lawford, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Demond Wilson, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)
11:00a
Jeopardy
11:30a
The Who, What, or Where Game
11:55a
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:15p
Dial 5 (guest Misha Dichter)
01:00p
Days of Our Lives
01:30p
The Doctors
02:00p
Another World
02:30p
Return to Peyton Place
03:00p
Somerset
03:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Shirley Bassey, Marty Allen, Richard Thomas, Jimmy Damon, Rhyder McClure)
04:30p
Dick Van Dyke (B&W)
05:00p
Hogan’s Heroes
05:30p
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
Circus!
07:00p
Sanford and Son
07:30p
Weird Harold (special)
08:00p
Circle of Fear
09:00p
The Bold Ones (return)
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson)
12:00a
The Midnight Special (host Johnny Nash, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Rankin, the Raspberries, Chi Coltrane, Jack Andrews)

For years and years Channel 5 showed Hogan's Heroes at 5:00 p.m. After their local news expanded to fill the timespace, it moved to other local channels; I don't think there's anywhere in the country where the show can't be seen.

KAUS, Channel 6 (Austin) (ABC)
Morning
06:25a
Markets
08:00a
Town and Country
08:30a
Movie – “The Unholy Wife”
10:30a
Bewitched
11:00a
Password (Lois Nettleton, Tom Kennedy)
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
Love, American Style
03:30p
Movie – “Kill, Baby, Kill”
05:00p
ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner
05:30p
News (Gary Paterson)
Evening
06:00p
Truth or Consequences
06:30p
Green Acres
07:00p
The Brady Bunch
07:30p
The Partridge Family
08:00p
Room 222
08:30p
The Odd Couple
09:00p
Love, American Style
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
Jack Paar Tonite (guests Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Joe Garagiola)

The matinee movie "Kill, Baby, Kill" tells the story of unusual deaths being linked to supernatural forces. Fine after-school programming.

KCMT, Channel 7 (Alex) (NBC, ABC)
Morning
06:55a
Market Report
07:00a
Today
09:00a
Dinah’s Place (guest Carol Lynley)
09:30a
Baffle (Demond Wilson, Jo Anne Worley)
10:00a
Sale of the Century
10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (Pearl Bailey, Amanda Blake, Richard Crenna, Peter Lawford, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Demond Wilson, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)
11:00a
Jeopardy
11:30a
The Who, What, or Where Game
11:55a
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)
Afternoon
12:00p
Farm Today (local)
12:20p
Trading Post
12:30p
Three on a Match
01:00p
Days of Our Lives
01:30p
The Doctors
02:00p
Another World
02:30p
Return to Peyton Place
03:00p
Somerset
03:30p
Fashions in Sewing
03:40p
Welcome Inn
04:30p
Lidsville (B&W)
05:00p
Underdog
05:30p
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
07:00p
The Brady Bunch
07:30p
The Partridge Family
08:00p
Circle of Fear
09:00p
The Bold Ones (return)
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson)

One of the reasons I chose to spotlight this day is that it gives you a good example of how KCMT picked and chose its programming to appeal to its older, rural demographic. On Fridays, it's obvious that The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family were still better choices for that demographic than Sanford and Son, which they moved to Sunday at 9:30 p.m. In the six years I lived in The World's Worst Town™, I never saw one black person. 

KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)
Morning
07:00a
CBS Morning News with John Hart
08:00a
News and Views
08:30a
Grandpa Ken
09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Jody)
10:00a
Hazel
10:30a
Bewitched
11:00a
Password (Lois Nettleton, Tom Kennedy)
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
Love, American Style
03:30p
Beat the Clock (Marty Allen)
04:00p
Green Acres
04:30p
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
05:00p
News (Carl Rochelle)
05:30p
ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner
Evening
06:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen, Gene Rayburn)
06:30p
Truth or Consequences
07:00p
The Brady Bunch
07:30p
The Partridge Family
08:00p
Room 222
08:30p
The Odd Couple
09:00p
Love, American Style
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
Movie – “Death of a Gunfighter”
12:30a
To Be Announced
01:00a
News

I've mentioned this before, but having the CBS Morning News on our ABC affiliate confused the hell out of me when I was little, especially the way KMSP had to scramble to avoid showing the commercials for CBS programs.

KROC, Channel 10 (Rochester) (NBC)
Morning
07:00a
Today
09:00a
Dinah’s Place (guest Carol Lynley)
09:30a
Baffle (Demond Wilson, Jo Anne Worley)
10:00a
Sale of the Century
10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (Pearl Bailey, Amanda Blake, Richard Crenna, Peter Lawford, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Demond Wilson, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)
11:00a
Jeopardy
11:30a
The Who, What, or Where Game 55 NBC News (Floyd Kalber)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:05p
Fashions in Sewing
12:15p
Take Ten
12:30p
Three on a Match
01:00p
Days of Our Lives
01:30p
The Doctors
02:00p
Another World
02:30p
Return to Peyton Place
03:00p
Somerset
03:30p
The Munsters (B&W)
04:00p
Ponderosa
05:00p
Petticoat Junction
05:30p
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
The Mouse Factory (B&W)
07:00p
Sanford and Son
07:30p
Weird Harold (special)
08:00p
Bellevue (special)
09:00p
The Bold Ones (return)
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson)
12:00a
The Midnight Special (host Johnny Nash, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Rankin, the Raspberries, Chi Coltrane, Jack Andrews)

The 8:00 p.m. special, Bellevue, narrated by Stacy Keach, is a documentary on New York's famous hospital, which is usually a synonym for mental health thanks to TV and movies, but in fact it also has a fine trauma and emergency room care.

WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)
Morning
07:00a
The New Zoo Revue
07:30a
Popeye and Porky
08:30a
Mister Ed (B&W)
09:00a
The Flintstones
09:30a
I Dream of Jeannie
10:00a
Father Knows Best (B&W)
10:30a
Andy Griffith
11:00a
Gomer Pyle, USMC
11:30a
What’s New?
Afternoon
01:00p
Movie – “Rooney” (B&W)
03:00p
I Dream of Jeannie
03:30p
Petticoat Junction
04:00p
The Flintstones
04:30p
Gilligan’s Island
05:00p
Andy Griffith
05:30p
Star Trek
Evening
06:30p
That Girl
07:00p
The High Chaparral
08:00p
Merv Grifiin (guest Jack Benny)
09:30p
News (Gil Amundson)
10:00p
Perry Mason (B&W)
11:00p
Movie – “Touch of Evil” (B&W)

I'm not positive, but I think the Merv Griffin episode we see here, with Jack Benny as his sole guest, is the same episode that shows up on the box set collection. I'm too lazy to get up and check it out, though.

KEYC, Channel 12 (Mankato) (CBS)
Morning
07:00a
CBS Morning News with John Hart
08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest Dr. Joyce Brothers)
09:00a
The Joker’s Wild
09:30a
The $10,000 Pyramid (Tony Randall, Rita Moreno)
10:00a
Gambit
10:30a
Love of Life
10:55a
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)
11:00a
The Young and the Restless
11:30a
Search for Tomorrow
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
As the World Turns
01:00p
The Guiding Light
01:30p
The Edge of Night
02:00p
The New Price is Right
02:30p
Hollywood’s Talking
03:00p
The Secret Storm
03:30p
Afternoon Show
04:30p
Rocky and His Friends
05:00p
Hazel
05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
Bill Anderson (guests Sons of the Pioneers)
07:00p
Mission: Impossible
08:00p
CBS Friday Night Movie – “Chubasco”
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
CBS Late Movie – “Speedway”

I well remember The Bill Anderson Show, which aired on KCMT as well. An interesting example of one of country music's big stars hosting a syndicated show. Those country programs, like That Good Ole Nashville Music, Hee Haw (when it moved to syndication), and The Porter Wagoner Show, were exceptions to the rule of cheap, substandard programming in those Local Access timeslots - see Police Surgeon, for example.

WEAU, Channel 13 (Eau Claire) (NBC)
Morning
06:30a
The Bible Answers
07:00a
Today
09:00a
Dinah’s Place (guest Carol Lynley)
09:30a
Sesame Street
10:00a
Sale of the Century
10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (Pearl Bailey, Amanda Blake, Richard Crenna, Peter Lawford, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Demond Wilson, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)
11:00a
Jeopardy
11:30a
The Who, What, or Where Game
11:55a
News (local)
Afternoon
12:30p
Three on a Match
01:00p
Days of Our Lives
01:30p
The Doctors
02:00p
Another World
02:30p
Return to Peyton Place
03:00p
Somerset
03:30p
Baffle (Demond Wilson, Jo Anne Worley)
04:00p
The Virginian
05:30p
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
Safari to Adventure
07:00p
Sanford and Son
07:30p
Weird Harold (special)
08:00p
Circle of Fear
09:00p
The Bold Ones (return)
10:00p
News (local)
10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson)
12:00a
The Midnight Special (host Johnny Nash, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Kenny Rankin, the Raspberries, Chi Coltrane, Jack Andrews)

Weird Harold, preempting Brian Keith's series The Little People, was an animated special set in the world of Fat Albert, with Bill Cosby back as the voice.

8 comments:

  1. When you mentioned children's programming, you listed call letters KSTP along with WCCO, but then you mentioned channel 9 with channel 4. Channel 9's call letters were KMSP. Was KSTP named for St. Paul exclusively?
    I also noticed that KCMT had LIDSVILLE, a color program, in B&W. I wonder if that's a typo or if KCMT was running B&W tapes (or kines) of LIDSVILLE instead of ABC's color videotapes.

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  2. Looking at the lineup I'd like to ask a question. Would it be fair to say that the "Brady Bunch" was the last of the truly "wholesome" family situation comedies?

    George E.

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  3. Metromedia's independent stations ran "Merv Griffin" in prime-time during much of the 1970's and early 9180's.

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  4. May just be me, but I liked the old version of the channel lineup better, Mitchell...sort of nostalgic..maybe add little TV's to this one???

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  5. Mitchell, the new channel listings are much easier to read for those of us with ever-failing eyesight - nice improvement! Mike in British Columbia

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  6. Are the ABC listings missing Split Second at 11:30 a.m.?

    This date marked the 9th anniversary of Another World.

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  7. In the mid-70s my local ABC affiliate (KHGI Kearney, NE) aired some CBS shows because the CBS affiliate (KOLN Lincoln) chose to air Romper Room at 9 a.m. The Joker's Wild, Spin-Off, and the first hour-long seasons of The Price Is Right. That went away when TPIR moved to 10, where it is today. KOLN had local kids' shows like Romper Room (hosted by the wife of the then Nebraska Secretary of State) and Cartoon Corral at 3:30 into the 80s. There was also a religious-oriented kids' show on Sunday mornings called For Children Only. It was hosted by Rev. Dale Holt with the puppet Mordecai "Mordy" Mouse. That show had Hanna-Barbera and WB cartoons on it, and also religious programs like Davey & Goliath and Jot.

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  8. More New York City TV listings please.

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