June 12, 2017

What's (not) on TV? Saturday, June 8, 1968

It's a very odd day today; virtually all network programming is preempted for coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's funeral. It wasn't supposed to be that way; as I mentioned on Saturday, programming was supposed to resume at 6:30 p.m. CT (the start of prime time), but because the Kennedy funeral train was so far behind schedule, the networks wound up staying with the story until it was time for the late local news.

Therefore, what you're about to see is a broadcast schedule that was never aired, at least not in the same way in which it's presented here. I'm sure all of these episodes wound up being telecast eventually, but not in the same order, not with the same vibe, so to speak; the waves being transmitted from the antennas were, like snowflakes, similar but different. You didn't have this specific episode of Lawrence Welk on at the same time as that specific episode of Get Smart, for example, and the scheduled baseball Game of the Week on NBC (Cleveland vs. Detroit) was never aired at all.*

*Nor was the Minnesota Twins game vs. the Washington Senators, which was to be played at Washington's D.C. Stadium. By this same time next year, the Senators were playing in Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

Enjoy what follows, courtesy of the Minnesota State Edition; back then, they never saw the likes of it.
KGLO, Channel 3 (Mason City, IA) (CBS)
Morning
07:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest soccer player George Kirby)   COLOR 
08:00a
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles   COLOR 
08:30a
The Herculoids   COLOR 
09:00a
Shazzan!   COLOR 
09:30a
Space Ghost and Dino Boy   COLOR 
10:00a
Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor   COLOR 
10:30a
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure   COLOR 
11:30a
Jonny Quest   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:00p
The Lone Ranger   COLOR 
12:30p
The Road Runner   COLOR 
01:00p
Here’s Allen   COLOR 
01:15p
Movie – “Dakota Incident” (1956)
02:45p
Movie – “Accused of Murder” (1957)
04:00p
Movie – “Dakota Incident” (1956)
05:30p
CBS Saturday News (Roger Mudd)   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News   COLOR 
06:30p
The Prisoner   COLOR 
07:30p
My Three Sons   COLOR 
08:00p
Hogan’s Heroes   COLOR 
08:30p
Petticoat Junction   COLOR 
09:00p
Mannix   COLOR 
10:00p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
Movie – “Across the Bridge” (English, 1958)

Following RFK's assassination, violence on television would again be under the microscope, but prior to that it was the Saturday morning cartoon, and the concern over superheroes and other supernatural types, as we saw here. With this lineup, it's easy to see why.

KDAL, Channel 3 (Duluth) (CBS)
Morning
07:00a
Farm and Home
07:15a
Treetop House  
07:30a
Captain Kangaroo (guest soccer player George Kirby)   COLOR 
08:00a
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles   COLOR 
08:30a
The Herculoids   COLOR 
09:00a
Shazzan!   COLOR 
09:30a
Space Ghost and Dino Boy   COLOR 
10:00a
Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor   COLOR 
10:30a
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure   COLOR 
11:30a
Jonny Quest   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:00p
The Lone Ranger   COLOR 
12:30p
The Road Runner   COLOR 
01:00p
Stories of Success   COLOR 
01:30p
Movie – “Varan the Unbelievable” (Japanese-American, 1962)
02:45p
Movie – “When the Girls Take Over” (1962)
04:00p
Upbeat   COLOR 
05:00p
All-Star Wrestling
Evening
06:00p
CBS Saturday News (Roger Mudd)   COLOR 
06:30p
The Prisoner   COLOR 
07:30p
My Three Sons   COLOR 
08:00p
Hogan’s Heroes   COLOR 
08:30p
Petticoat Junction   COLOR 
09:00p
Mannix   COLOR 
10:00p
News   COLOR 
10:15p
Movie – “Bonjour Tristesse” (English, 1957)

The Prisoner - it's still hard to believe that CBS used this as the summer replacement for The Jackie Gleason Show. In other ways, though, it was perfect for the paranoia of the era.

WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)
Morning
06:00a
Summer Semester   COLOR 
06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer   COLOR 
07:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest soccer player George Kirby)   COLOR 
08:00a
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles   COLOR 
08:30a
The Herculoids   COLOR 
09:00a
Shazzan!   COLOR 
09:30a
Space Ghost and Dino Boy   COLOR 
10:00a
Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor   COLOR 
10:30a
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure   COLOR 
11:30a
Jonny Quest   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:00p
News   COLOR 
12:30p
Marshal Dillon
01:00p
Jobs Now!   COLOR 
01:30p
Movie – “Master of the World” (1961)   COLOR 
03:30p
Cimarron Strip   COLOR 
05:00p
The Outdoorsman   COLOR 
05:30p
CBS Saturday News (Roger Mudd)   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News   COLOR 
06:30p
The Prisoner   COLOR 
07:30p
My Three Sons   COLOR 
08:00p
Hogan’s Heroes   COLOR 
08:30p
Petticoat Junction   COLOR 
09:00p
Mannix   COLOR 
10:00p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
Movie – “The Road to Rio” (1947)
12:30a
News, Weather   COLOR 
12:45a
This Must Be the Place   COLOR 
01:15a
Nite Kapers

I do remember this much - well, other than my grandfather coming up from the basement, where he had his workbench, every few hours to ask "is that still on?" - I stayed up past midnight to see The Bedtime Nooz, Dave Moore's satirical program, only to find that because of the day's events he was delivering a straight news broadcast. It was a bitter disappointment, but then what did I know? I was only eight.

KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)
Morning
07:00a
Movie (Western)
08:00a
The Super 6   COLOR 
08:30a
Super President   COLOR 
09:00a
The Flintstones   COLOR 
09:30a
Young Samson   COLOR 
10:00a
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio   COLOR 
10:30a
George of the Jungle   COLOR 
11:00a
Cool McCool   COLOR 
11:30a
West Point
Afternoon
12:00p
Science Fiction Theater   COLOR 
12:30p
Branded   COLOR 
01:00p
Baseball (Indians at Tigers)   COLOR 
04:00p
Porter Wagoner (guest Diana Trask)   COLOR 
04:30p
The Outer Limits
05:30p
NBC News (Frank McGee)   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News   COLOR 
06:30p
The Saint   COLOR 
07:30p
Get Smart   COLOR 
08:00p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1962)   COLOR 
10:00p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Alan King, Della Reese, Rhodes Brothers)   COLOR 
12:00a
Alan Burke (guests Roger Puggart, Pauline Peavy)   COLOR 

Since NBC's coverage continued until midnight, it's possible that the nationally-syndicated Alan Burke could have presented a special show, or it could have been replaced by local news. Because the funeral coverage ran so far over, even a look at the morning's TV listings wouldn't tell us for sure what the station had planned. 

WDSM, Channel 6 (Duluth) (NBC)
Morning
07:00a
Film Feature
07:30a
Cartoon Theater   COLOR 
08:00a
The Super 6   COLOR 
08:30a
Super President   COLOR 
09:00a
The Flintstones   COLOR 
09:30a
Young Samson   COLOR 
10:00a
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio   COLOR 
10:30a
George of the Jungle   COLOR 
11:00a
Cool McCool   COLOR 
11:30a
Film Feature
Afternoon
12:30p
Film Feature
01:00p
Baseball (Indians at Tigers)   COLOR 
04:00p
Film Feature
05:00p
Danger is My Business   COLOR 
05:30p
NBC News (Frank McGee)   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News   COLOR 
06:15p
Cartoon Carnival   COLOR 
06:30p
The Saint   COLOR 
07:30p
Get Smart   COLOR 
08:00p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1962)   COLOR 
10:00p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
Cameo Theater   COLOR 
11:30p
Wendy and Me
12:00a
Focus   COLOR 

Danger is My Business was produced and hosted by Col. John Craig, a man who was no stranger to either danger or adventure. This series, one of five he did, documented what could be said to have been dangerous occupations - lion tamer, for example. He was also responsible for a show that we see frequently in listings from this era - Of Lands and Seas.

KAUS, Channel 6 (Austin) (ABC)
Morning
08:00a
The New Casper Cartoon Show   COLOR 
08:30a
The Fantastic Four   COLOR 
09:00a
Spider-Man   COLOR 
09:30a
Journey to the Center of the Earth   COLOR 
10:00a
King Kong   COLOR 
10:30a
Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel   COLOR 
11:00a
The Beatles   COLOR 
11:30a
American Bandstand ’68 (guests the People, B.J. Thomas)   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:30p
Happening ’68   COLOR 
01:00p
Movie – “The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas” (1957)
02:30p
Food and Fiber
03:00p
The Racers: Craig and Lee Breedlove   SPECIAL   COLOR 
04:00p
Wide World of Sports (Indianapolis 500, U.S. Open preview)   COLOR 
05:30p
Death Valley Days   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News   COLOR 
06:30p
The Dating Game (guest Annemarie Huste)   COLOR 
07:00p
The Newlywed Game   COLOR 
07:30p
Lawrence Welk   COLOR 
08:30p
The Hollywood Palace (host George Gobel, guests the King Family, Enzo Stuarti, Lainie Kazan, Desmond and Marks, Baby Sabu)   COLOR 
09:30p
Western Star Theater
10:00p
ABC Weekend News (Keith McBee)   COLOR 
10:15p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
Movie – “The Egyptian” (1954)
12:00a
News   COLOR 

One of the few programs that we know for certain aired today was the ABC Weekend News with Keith McBee. Not surprisingly, the broadcast consisted of a wrapup of the day's events. Here's a clip from the broadcast.


KCMT, Channel 7 (Alexandria) NBC/ABC
Morning
08:00a
The Super 6   COLOR 
08:30a
Super President   COLOR 
09:00a
The Flintstones   COLOR 
09:30a
Young Samson   COLOR 
10:00a
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio   COLOR 
10:30a
George of the Jungle   COLOR 
11:00a
Cool McCool   COLOR 
11:30a
American Bandstand ’68 (guests the People, B.J. Thomas)   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:30p
Happening ’68   COLOR 
01:00p
Baseball (Indians at Tigers)   COLOR 
04:00p
Sergeant Preston
04:30p
Film Feature   COLOR 
05:00p
Dream House
05:30p
NBC News (Frank McGee)   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
News, Weather, Sports
06:30p
The Saint   COLOR 
07:30p
Get Smart   COLOR 
08:00p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1962)   COLOR 
10:00p
News
10:30p
Movie – “Inside Detroit” (1956)

Not much to say about Channel 7 this week. No, really, nothing to say.

WKBT, Channel 8 (La Crosse) (CBS)
Morning
07:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest soccer player George Kirby)   COLOR 
08:00a
Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles   COLOR 
08:30a
The Herculoids   COLOR 
09:00a
Shazzan!   COLOR 
09:30a
Space Ghost and Dino Boy   COLOR 
10:00a
Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor   COLOR 
10:30a
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure   COLOR 
11:30a
Jonny Quest   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:00p
The Lone Ranger   COLOR 
12:30p
The Road Runner   COLOR 
01:00p
Music Carousel
01:30p
Movie – “The Unseen”
03:00p
The Racers: Craig and Lee Breedlove   SPECIAL   COLOR 
04:00p
Wide World of Sports (Indianapolis 500, U.S. Open preview)   COLOR 
05:30p
Hogan’s Heroes   COLOR 
Evening
06:00p
Bewitched   COLOR 
06:30p
The Prisoner   COLOR 
07:30p
Lawrence Welk   COLOR 
08:30p
Petticoat Junction   COLOR 
09:00p
Mannix   COLOR 
10:00p
News
10:30p
Movie – “Walk on the Wild Side” (1062)

Craig Breedlove, the focus of the ABC profile The Racers, was at the time the holder of the world land speed record, breaking the 600 mph barrier in his Spirit of America. His wife Lee held the women's world land speed record at over 300 mph, making the Breedloves the world's fastest couple (a record they still hold). This program will be rescheduled for a later date.

KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)
Morning
07:30a
Cartoons
08:00a
The New Casper Cartoon Show   COLOR 
08:30a
The Fantastic Four   COLOR 
09:00a
Spider-Man   COLOR 
09:30a
Journey to the Center of the Earth   COLOR 
10:00a
King Kong   COLOR 
10:30a
Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel   COLOR 
11:00a
The Beatles   COLOR 
11:30a
American Bandstand ’68 (guests the People, B.J. Thomas)   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:30p
Happening ’68   COLOR 
01:00p
Kit Carson
01:30p
Arrest and Trial
03:00p
The Racers: Craig and Lee Breedlove   SPECIAL   COLOR 
04:00p
Wide World of Sports (Indianapolis 500, U.S. Open preview)   COLOR 
05:30p
Route 66
Evening
06:30p
The Dating Game (guest Annemarie Huste)   COLOR 
07:00p
The Newlywed Game   COLOR 
07:30p
Lawrence Welk   COLOR 
08:30p
Movie – “The Bravados” (1958)   COLOR 
10:30p
Movie – “Too Late Blues” (1962)
12:25a
ABC Weekend News (Keith McBee)   COLOR 

Annemarie Huste was Jacqueline Kennedy's chef while she was in the White House. According to her obit, highlighted above, she talked maybe a little too much. It's just slightly ironic that her appearance was scheduled for what turned out to be the date of the funeral of her former employer's brother-in-law.

WDIO, Channel 10 (Duluth) (ABC)
Morning
08:00a
The New Casper Cartoon Show   COLOR 
08:30a
The Fantastic Four   COLOR 
09:00a
Spider-Man   COLOR 
09:30a
Journey to the Center of the Earth   COLOR 
10:00a
King Kong   COLOR 
10:30a
Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel   COLOR 
11:00a
The Beatles   COLOR 
11:30a
American Bandstand ’68 (guests the People, B.J. Thomas)   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:30p
Happening ’68   COLOR 
01:00p
Movie – “Dakota Incident” (1956)
02:30p
To Be Announced
03:00p
The Racers: Craig and Lee Breedlove   SPECIAL   COLOR 
04:00p
Wide World of Sports (Indianapolis 500, U.S. Open preview)   COLOR 
05:30p
Polka Varieties   COLOR 
Evening
06:30p
The Dating Game (guest Annemarie Huste)   COLOR 
07:00p
The Newlywed Game   COLOR 
07:30p
Lawrence Welk   COLOR 
08:30p
The Hollywood Palace (host George Gobel, guests the King Family, Enzo Stuarti, Lainie Kazan, Desmond and Marks, Baby Sabu)   COLOR 
09:30p
Dream House   COLOR 
10:00p
ABC Weekend News (Keith McBee)   COLOR 
10:15p
News   COLOR 
10:30p
Movie – “The Emperor Waltz” (1948)   COLOR 

Dream House is one of those game shows that appeared in both primetime and daytime versions. The primetime version, which was first, ran from March to September 1968, while the daytime edition made its debut earlier this month, settling in until January 1970. One of the grand prizes was a new house worth more than $40,000, plus $7,000 to purchase the land. I wonder how much that would be worth in today's dollars?

WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)
Morning
09:00a
Flower Gardening   COLOR 
09:30a
Farm Forum   COLOR 
10:00a
Whirlybirds
10:30a
Cartoon Cut-Ups   COLOR 
11:00a
Lunch with Casey
Afternoon
12:00p
Harmon Killebrew   COLOR 
12:10p
Halsey Hall   COLOR 
12:25p
Baseball (Twins at Senators)   COLOR 
03:00p
Scoreboard (time approximate)
03:15p
Movie – “The Bacchantes” (Italian, 1961)   COLOR 
05:00p
The Rifleman
05:30p
All-Star Wrestling
Evening
07:00p
Movie – “Leave Her to Heaven”
09:00p
Movie – “Pork Chop Hill” (1959)
11:00p
News, Weather, Sports
11:30p
Bat Masterson

I'll be honest - I'm not sure what Channel 11 did today. They might have covered the funeral through some kind of syndicated coverage, or by piggybacking on one of the network feeds, or they could have continued with their regularly scheduled programming - either as-is, or adjusted to fit the more somber mood. (For some reason, I seem to faintly recall Lunch with Casey being more serious, carrying on without the usual tomfoolery, but perhaps I'm just projecting my expectations.) Maybe some of you can shed some light on it.

WEAU, Channel 13 (Eau Claire) (NBC)
Morning
07:00a
Salvation Army
07:15a
Light Time
07:30a
Cartoons
08:00a
The Super 6   COLOR 
08:30a
Super President   COLOR 
09:00a
The Flintstones   COLOR 
09:30a
Young Samson   COLOR 
10:00a
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio   COLOR 
10:30a
George of the Jungle   COLOR 
11:00a
Cool McCool   COLOR 
11:30a
George of the Jungle   COLOR 
Afternoon
12:00p
Discovery ‘68
12:30p
Harbor Lights
01:00p
Baseball (Indians at Tigers)   COLOR 
04:00p
Rugby League Cup (Leeds vs. Wakefield-Trinity) (joined in progress)   SPECIAL 
05:00p
Polka Varieties
Evening
06:00p
Campus Comment  
06:15p
Sports, Weather, News
06:30p
The Saint   COLOR 
07:30p
Get Smart   COLOR 
08:00p
Saturday Night at the Movies – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (1962)   COLOR 
10:00p
News
10:30p
Wagon Train   COLOR 
12:00a
Movie – “Andy” (1965)

The Rugby League Cup final between Leeds and Wakefield-Trinity was originally played on May 11 and appeared on Wide World of Sports on May 18; today, it was to have finally made it to Channel 13. I always enjoyed rugby, as I did many of the other exotic sports (which continues to this day), and would have watched this if I could. Leeds wins a thriller, 11-10.

15 comments:

  1. The Prisoner:
    - The obvious summer replacement for Jackie Gleason's show would have been Dom DeLuise's variety hour, which was owned and produced by Gleason's company (and taped in Miami Beach, "the Sun and Fun Capital of the World!").
    As I recall, that was how the show was originally announced to air.
    The Prisoner was a late addition to the summer schedule; nobody at CBS had any idea what it would be about.
    This is guesswork: somebody at CBS remembered that Patrick McGoohan's Secret Agent had been a mild success on Saturday nights a couple of years before, and made the switch accordingly - after all, who the heck watches TV in the summer, anyway?

    Dream House's normal ABC timeslot was Wednesdays at 7:30 CDT, in between The Avengers and the ABC movie.
    You might want to check and see what these ABC affiliates thought would draw better than the game show.
    By the way, when fall came around, this timeslot went to the second weekly segment of Peyton Place (the first one was Monday, same time), in what proved to be its final season.
    But that's another story ...

    - If memory serves, Major League Baseball did not cancel its schedule for this Saturday.
    I don't know what Channel 11's deal was with the Twins, but my guess would be if the Twins were playing, ch11 would be covering the game as scheduled.
    I'd also guess that DC Stadium, where the game was to played, would have been packed, regardless of national mourning.
    Correction welcomed, if necessary.

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    1. Interesting question, and it provides a story that could be an article of its own. Several of the owners and/or teams were determined not to play on Saturday out of respect to RFK. Then-Commissioner Eckert, in what the Chicago Tribune would later call "an attempt to please everyone," moved the start time of afternoon games to the evening, presumably after the funeral had concluded.

      As we all know, the funeral was not done by early evening, which meant that games not played on the West Coast did indeed start before the events had concluded, and this caused a lot of problems - for example, Reds player rep Milt Pappas resigned over Cincinnati management's determination to play even though a majority of the players wanted to wait. The Mets refused to play the Giants, and the game was postponed until another day. The Astros said they would refuse to play the Pirates both Saturday and Sunday.

      Bottom line: no games were played during the day, several games were played at night but before the funeral was over, and some games were postponed outright (including the Twins-Senators game). It was that kind of vacillation that caused the owners to oust Eckert as Commissioner, eventually replacing him with Bowie Kuhn.

      Today, I suspect the answer would be straightforward, and similar to 9/11 - all games cancelled until further notice.

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  2. According to baseball reference, the Twins and Senators played a DH on Friday, and a single game on Sunday. Perhaps, they played the DH on Friday, instead of the Saturday game. Attendance for Friday was 16,334 with a nice crowd on Sunday of 33,977. There were only six games played on that Saturday (I don't know why there were postponements). The Tigers behind Mickey Lolich beat the Indians and Sam McDowell 3-1.

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    1. Good info, Randy. Based on what I've been able to find out (in addition to what I remembered), I think the postponements were in fact due to players not wanting to play the day of the funeral. I noticed that neither New York team played, which makes perfect sense.

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    2. Mitchell, I did some more research into this, and found an interesting tidbit on the Reds/Cards game in Cincy. The Cardinal players did not want to play, but would have to forfeit if the Reds players voted to play. Milt Pappas was the Reds player rep, and didn't want to play the game. An initial vote was 12 to 12 with one player abstaining. A second vote was 13 12 to play, so the Cardinals not wanting to forfeit agreed to play. Reds manager Dave Bristol labeled Pappas as a trouble maker and he was traded the next week to the Braves.

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    3. Good research! That all sounds about right for those days; I wonder how things would be different nowadays, when the union has so much more clout? Quite a bit, I suspect.

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  3. ''One of the grand prizes was a new house worth more than $40,000, plus $7,000 to purchase the land. I wonder how much that would be worth in today's dollars?''
    $47k in '68 = $330,247.93 http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ comes in handy at times.

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  4. BTW, after the JFK assassination, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle decided that following Sunday's games would be played as scheduled - a decision he regretted for the rest of his life.
    They had no choice but to cancel post-9/11, all air travel was grounded, pretty much making it impossible for most of the games to be played.

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  5. The scheduled taped showing of the Indianapolis "500" on "Wide World Of Sports" (taped nine days earlier on May 30th) finally aired the next week, June 15th.

    After two more years (1969 and 1970) of showings about a week later on "Wide World", ABC began showing the Indy race on a same-day basis (in prime-time that night, about eight or nine hours after the race began) in 1971.

    At first, the taped showing was two hours (commercials included), eventually expanding to three hours (again, including commercials).

    Finally in 1986, ABC got to finally televise the race live.

    One interesting footnote: During the years ABC aired Indy on a same-day tape-delay basis, Jim McKay and either Jackie Stewart or (in the mid-eighties) Sam Posey would call the start (about the first 15 laps) and finish (again, the last 15 or so laps) of the race live as they happened, but would do the commentary of most of the race as the edited tape was being broadcast.

    It probably would have made a smoother broadcast that way, as McKay and company wouldn't have ended-up referring to something (had they called the whole race as it happened) edited-out of the final tape.

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  6. The Indianapolis 500 wasn't moved to same-day until the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The post-production commentary was controversial as we learned in 1981 when it was discovered during an investigation into Bobby Unser's incident exiting pit road. It was not on the radio broadcast, it was added in post-production on television. USAC initially called the penalty based on what happened in post-production.

    Rugby, which has long been split into Union and League, is now split into three codes -- Union Fifteen, Union Sevens (for how many players participate), and League. All three are aired on television, with NBC carrying on the broadcast network Union Sevens both international and domestic club competitions. (Sevens matches last 20 minutes, and multiple matches are played in one setting; shortened matches are often prominent with these "exotic" sports; cricket is known for its limited overs matches, with the most prominent Twenty20, and both golf and tennis are adopting similar formats first trialed in Australia, Super6 and Fast4.)

    Seems it wasn't until the late 1980's to early 1990's that the summer series have risen back to prominence. It made sense for special situations for shows to go to live specials regarding the seriousness of the incident.

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  7. Annemarie Huste worked for Jackie Kennedy after she left the White House and relocated to New York City.
    And I'm not sure Alan Burke could have produced a themed show and get it out to his stations in time, in those pre-satellite days.

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  8. WCCO scheduled Cimarron Strip Sat 3:30-5:00. It aired on CBS Thu at 6:30 CT. What did 'CCO air in its network timeslot?

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    1. John, 'CCO had a movie - in this case, "The Mouse That Roared." They must have done that every week. Better ratings, perhaps?

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  9. HELLO! Has ANYONE noticed the switch at all?! George of the Jungle was an ABC show, not NBC-vice versa with Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel. What kind of scheduling were they doing? All tho, with KCMT, they could have switched to ABC at 10:30 for George, and then return to NBC at 11 AM for Cool McCool. Thereby airing AA/SS during a weekday afternoon slot, as was the case with dual network affiliates. Of course, had it not been for RFK's funeral, it all would have gone down like clockwork.

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    1. I remember, although I don't know that I have an example handy, that KCMT used to record three or four ABC Saturday morning cartoons and replay them in the after-school timeslot, along with Welcome Inn, the afternoon "variety" show. They'd show a different cartoon each day, and that was how they covered both networks' Saturday morning fare.

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