July 17, 2017

What's on TV? Monday, July 21, 1969

We're back in the Big Apple this week, the day following the moonwalk. It must have been an interesting day, as many people stayed up late watching the news (and would have been up even later, had the walk occurred at its originally-scheduled time rather than a few hours earlier). Today, the Lunar Module is scheduled to lift off from the moon's surface - unlike the launch at the Cape last week, there's no second chance if anything goes wrong - so expect pre-emptions throughout the day as the astronauts begin the long voyage home.


 2   WCBS (CBS)

MORNING

     6:30
BLACK JOURNAL – History

     7:00
NEWS – Joseph Benti   -C- 

     8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO   -C- 

     9:00
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER – Comedy

     9:30
DONNA REED – Comedy

   10:00
LUCILLE BALL – Comedy

   10:30
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES   -C- 

   11:00
ANDY GRIFFITH – Comedy
         
   11:30
DICK VAN DYKE – Comedy

AFTERNOON

   12:00
LOVE OF LIFE – Serial   -C- 

   12:25
NEWS – Edwards   -C- 

   12:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW – Serial  -C- 

     1:00
GALLOPING GOURMET   -C- 

     1:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS   -C- 

     2:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING – Serial  (color)

     2:30
GUIDING LIGHT   -C- 

     3:00
SECRET STORM   -C- 

     3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT – Serial   -C- 

     4:00
LINKLETTER SHOW   -C- 
Guest Mark Bleeker, Ada Allegretti

     4:30
MIKE DOUGLAS – Variety   -C- 
Guests Pearl Bailey, Soupy Sales, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, Rene Carpenter

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS – Jim Jensen

     7:00
NEWS – Walter Cronkite   -C- 

     7:30
GUNSMOKE   -C- 

     8:30
LUCILLE BALL – Comedy   -C- 

     9:00
MAYBERRY R.F.D.   -C- 

     9:30
FAMILY AFFAIR   -C- 

   10:00
JIMMIE RODGERS   -C- 
Guests Eddie Fisher, Dorothy Morrison

   11:00
NEWS – Bob Young   -C- 

   11:30
MOVIE – Comedy
“For Heaven’s Sake” (1950)

     1:20
NEWS   -C- 

     1:25
MOVIE – Mystery   -C- 
“Port Afrique” (1956)

     3:20
MOVIE – Drama
“The Family Secret” (1951)



 3  WTIC (CBS) (HARTFORD)

MORNING

      6:00
BLACK JOURNAL  – History   -C- 

      6:30
YOUR COMMUNITY   -C- 

      7:00
NEWS – Joseph Benti   -C- 

      8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO   -C- 

      9:00
HAP RICHARDS – Children   -C- 

      9:15
HUCKLEBERRY HOUND   -C- 

      9:30
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    10:00
LUCILLE BALL – Comedy

    10:30
ALLEN LUDDEN – Variety   -C- 
Guests Alejandro Rey, Stu Gilliam, Mary Lou Collins, Belland and Somerville, Danny Cox
         
    11:30
DICK VAN DYKE – Comedy

AFTERNOON

    12:00
LOVE OF LIFE – Serial   -C- 

    12:25
NEWS – Edwards   -C- 

    12:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW – Serial   -C- 

      1:00
GIRL TALK   -C- 
Guests Dewi Sukarno, Cindy Adams

      1:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS   -C- 

      2:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING – Serial   -C- 

      2:30
GUIDING LIGHT   -C- 

      3:00
SECRET STORM   -C- 

      3:30
LINKLETTER SHOW   -C- 
Guest Dorothy Manners

      4:00
RANGER STATION   -C- 

      4:30
HAZEL – Comedy   -C- 

      5:00
BURKE’S LAW – Mystery

EVENING

      6:00
WEATHER   -C- 

      6:05
SPORTS – George Ehrlich   -C- 

      6:15
NEWS – Bruce Kern   -C- 

      6:30
NEWS – Walter Cronkite   -C- 

      7:00
MOVIE – Comedy   -C- 
“Merry Andrew” (1958)

      9:00
MAYBERRY R.F.D.   -C- 

      9:30
FAMILY AFFAIR   -C- 

    10:00
JIMMIE RODGERS   -C- 
Guests Eddie Fisher, Dorothy Morrison

    11:00
NEWS – Bill Hanson   -C- 

    11:15
WEATHER   -C- 

    11:20
SPORTS – Arnold Dean   -C- 

    11:25
MOVIE – Comedy
“The Conjugal Bed” (Italian; 1956)

      1:05
NEWS   -C- 



 4  WNBC (NBC)

MORNING

      6:30
EDUCATION EXCHANGE   -C- 
Dialogues in Art  

      7:00
TODAY   -C- 

      9:00
YOUR NEW JOB   -C- 

      9:30
JOAN RIVERS   -C- 
Guests Phyllis Newman, Marcia Morton

    10:00
IT TAKES TWO – Game   -C- 
Guests Carl Betz, Dick Gautier, Richard Long and their wives

    10:25
NEWS – Dickerson   -C- 

    10:30
CONCENTRATION   -C- 

    11:00
PERSONALITY – Game   -C- 
Celebrities Morey Amsterdam, Pat Carroll, George Jessel, George Burns
         
    11:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES   -C- 
Guests Jack Albertson, Nanette Fabray, Gail Fisher, Michael Landon, Jan Murray, Wally Cox, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Charley Weaver

AFTERNOON

    12:00
JEOPARDY – Game   -C- 

    12:30
EYE GUESS – Game   -C- 

    12:55
NEWS – Newman   -C- 

      1:00
PDQ – Game   -C- 
Guests Peter Marshall, Maureen Arthur, Stubby Kaye

      1:30
YOU’RE PUTTING ME ON – Game   -C- 
Guests Shari Lewis, Nipsey Russell, Vivian Vance, Larry Blyden, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen

      2:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES   -C- 

      2:30
DOCTORS – Serial   -C- 

      3:00
ANOTHER WORLD   -C- 

      3:30
YOU DON’T SAY!  – Game   -C- 
Guests Tina Cole, Don Grady

      4:00
MATCH GAME   -C- 
Guests Burt Reynolds, Brenda Vaccaro

      4:25
NEWS – Floyd Kalber   -C- 

      4:30
MOVIE – Biography
“Sunrise at Campobello” (1960) First of two parts

EVENING

      6:00
NEWS – Lew Wood   -C- 

      7:00
NEWS – Huntley/Brinkley   -C- 

      7:30
JEANNIE – Comedy   -C- 

      8:00
PIONEER SPIRIT   -C- 
Debut

      8:30
MOVIE – Adventure   -C- 
“Taras Bulba” (1962)

    11:00
NEWS – Jim Hartz   -C- 

    11:10
WEATHER – Frank Field   -C- 

    11:15
NEWS – Jim Hartz   -C- 

    11:25
SPORTS – Kyle Rote   -C- 

    11:30
JOHNNY CARSON   -C- 
Guests Buddy Hackett, Buddy Rich

      1:00
NEWS – Bob Teague   -C- 

      1:15
MOVIE – Drama
“Confirm or Deny” (1941)


 5  WNEW (Ind.)

MORNING

      7:30
YOGA FOR HEALTH – Exercise

      8:00
ALVIN – Children   -C- 

      8:30
BOB McALLISTER   -C- 

      9:30
MARINE BOY –  Children   -C- 

    10:00
MOVIE – Comedy
“Smuggler’s Cove” (1948}

    11:00
MY LITTLE MARGIE – Comedy
         
    11:30
SEA HUNT – Adventure

AFTERNOON

    12:00
MOVIE – Western
“The Texas Rangers” (1936)

      2:00
MOVIE – Musical   -C- 
“She’s Working Her Way Through College” (1952)

      4:00
ALLEN LUDDEN – Variety   -C- 
Guests Hugh O’Brian, Rona Barrett, Chita Rivera, Scoey Mitchell, Back Porch Majority

      5:30
LIAR’S CLUB – Game   -C- 
Guests Betty White, Dina Merrill, Jonathan Harris, Rolfe Peterson

EVENING

      6:00
McHALE’S NAVY – Comedy

      6:30
MY FAVORITE MARTIAN

      7:00
I LOVE LUCY – Comedy

      7:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES   -C- 

      8:00
PAY CARDS! – Game   -C- 
Celebrity – Marian Mercer

      8:30
DAVID FROST – Variety   -C- 
Guests Gloria Swanson, James Brown, Marva Whitney

    10:00
NEWS – Bill Jorgensen   -C- 

    11:00
MOVIE – Drama
“Test Pilot” (1938)

      1:20
CHEATERS – Mystery

      1:50
NEWS


 7  WABC (ABC)

MORNING

       7:00
ED NELSON   -C- 

       8:30
GIRL TALK   -C- 
Guest Barbara Bouchet

       9:00
ANNIVERSARY GAME   -C- 

       9:30
BEAT THE ODDS – Game   -C- 

     10:00
MOVIE – Mystery
“Time Running Out” (English; 1955)

AFTERNOON

     12:00
BEWITCHED – Comedy

     12:30
THAT GIRL – Comedy   -C- 

       1:00
DREAM HOUSE   -C- 

       1:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL   -C- 

       2:00
NEWLYWED GAME   -C- 

       2:30
DATING GAME   -C- 

       3:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL   -C- 

       3:30
ONE LIFE TO LIVE   -C- 

       4:00
DARK SHADOWS – Serial   -C- 

       4:30
MOVIE – Drama   -C- 
“An Affair to Remember” (1957)

EVENING

       6:30
NEWS – Roger Grimsby   -C-   

       7:00
NEWS – Reynolds/Smith   -C- 

       7:30
AVENGERS – Adventure   -C- 

       8:30
GUNS OF WILL SONNETT   -C- 

       9:00
OUTCASTS – Western   -C- 

     10:00
DICK CAVETT – Variety   -C- 
Guests Alejandro Rey, the Four Tops

     11:00
NEWS – Roger Grimsby   -C- 

     11:30
JOEY BISHOP   -C- 
Guests Stephen Boyd, Rich Little

       1:00
MOVIE – Western   -C- 
“The Man Called Gringo” (West German; 1966)


 8  WNHC (NEW HAVEN) (ABC)

MORNING

       6:10
NEWS

       6:15
INFINITE HORIZONS – Religion

       6:45
MORNING REFLECTIONS   -C- 

       7:00
MR. GOOBER – Children   -C- 

       9:00
STEVE ALLEN – Variety   -C- 
Guests Carol Burnett, Ron Eliran, Times Square Two, James Cotton Brass Band
         
     10:00
DAVID FROST – Variety   -C- 
Guests Gloria Swanson, James Brown, Marva Whitney

     11:30
JOAN RIVERS   -C- 
Guest Bill Cullen

AFTERNOON

     12:00
BEWITCHED – Comedy

     12:30
THAT GIRL – Comedy   -C- 

       1:00
DREAM HOUSE   -C- 

       1:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL   -C- 

       2:00
NEWLYWED GAME   -C- 

       2:30
DATING GAME   -C- 

       3:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL   -C- 

       3:30
ONE LIFE TO LIVE   -C- 

       4:00
MIKE DOUGLAS – Variety   -C- 
Co-Host Joey Heatherton; guests Jan Peerce, Rodney Dangerfield, Serendipity Singers

       5:30
I LOVE LUCY –  Comedy

EVENING

       6:00
NEWS – Bob Norman   -C- 

       6:15
WEATHER – Gale Carroll   -C- 

       6:20
SPORTS  Dick Galiette   -C- 

       6:30
NEWS – Reynolds/Smith   -C- 

       7:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES   -C- 

       7:30
AVENGERS – Adventure   -C- 

       8:30
GUNS OF WILL SONNETT   -C- 

       9:00
MOVIE – Drama   -C-
“Scott of the Antarctic” (English; 1949)

     11:00
NEWS – George Thompson   -C- 

     11:15
WEATHER – Bob Jones   -C- 

     11:20
SPORTS – Dick Galiette   -C- 

     11:30
JOEY BISHOP   -C- 
Guests Stephen Boyd, Rich Little

       1:00
NEWS


 9  WOR (Ind.)

MORNING

       7:25
NEWS AND WEATHER

       7:30
BONNIE PRUDDEN   -C- 

       8:00
CARTOONS – Children   -C- 

       8:30
ROMPER ROOM – Children   -C- 

       9:30
JOURNEY TO ADVENTURE   -C- 

     10:00
MOVIE – Melodrama
“The Day the Sky Exploded” (English; 1951)

     11:30
STOCK MARKET   -C- 

AFTERNOON

       3:00
MOVIE – Adventure   -C- 
“Marie of the Isles” (French-Italian; 1961)

       5:00
BOZO – Children   -C- 

EVENING

       6:00
MOVIE – Documentary   -C- 
“The Sky Above – the Mud Below” (French; 1962)

       7:30
DIVORCE COURT – Drama   -C- 

       8:30
HIGH ROAD TO DANGER   -C- 

       9:00
MOVIE – Drama
“Odd Man Out” (English; 1947)

     11:00
MOVIE – Biography
“The George Raft Story” (1961)

       1:00
JOE FRANKLIN – Variety   -C- 
         
       2:00
NEWS AND WEATHER


 11  WPIX (Ind.)

MORNING

       7:00
NEWS – Marc Howard   -C- 

       7:30
READ YOUR WAY UP   -C- 

       8:00
BIOGRAPHY – Documentary

       8:30
WINKY DINK/HERCULES   -C- 

       9:00
KRAZY KAT – Children   -C- 

       9:30
JACK LA LANNE – Exercise  -C- 

     10:00
DAVID WADE – Cooking   -C- 

     10:30
STEVE ALLEN – Variety   -C- 
Guests Charles Nelson Reilly, Susan Barrett, Jayne Meadows

     11:50
NEWS – Ed Gough   -C- 

AFTERNOON

     12:00
UNDERDOG – Children   -C- 

     12:30
ROCKY – Children   -C- 

       1:00
LITTLE RASCALS – Children   -C- 

       1:30
MOVIE – Mystery
“Larceny in Her Heart” (1946)

       3:00
CAPTAIN SCARLET   -C- 

       3:30
EIGHTH MAN – Children   -C- 

       4:00
SPEED RACER – Children   -C- 

       4:30
THREE STOOGES – Children   -C- 

       5:00
SUPERMAN – Adventure

       5:30
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO

EVENING

       6:00
MUNSTERS – Comedy

       6:30
F TROOP – Comedy

       7:00
HEY LANDLORD! – Comedy   -C- 

       7:30
HONEYMOONERS – Comedy

       8:00
PATTY DUKE – Comedy

       8:30
PERRY MASON – Mystery

       9:30
PASSWORD – Game   -C- 
Guests Connie Stevens, Dick Shawn

     10:00
DR. KILDARE – Drama

     11:00
NEWS – Lee Nelson   -C- 

     11:35
MOVIE – Drama
“The Counterfeiters” (Italian; 1950)

       1:05
NEWS – Lee Nelson   -C- 


 13  WNDT (NET)

AFTERNOON

       5:15
FRIENDLY GIANT – Children

       5:30
MISTEROGERS – Children

EVENING

       6:00
WHAT’S NEW – Children

       6:30
EN FRANCAIS – Language

       7:00
SOUNDS OF SUMMER   -C- 

       9:00
NET JOURNAL – Report

     10:00
NEWSFRONT – Mitchell Krauss

     11:00
BOOK BEAT   -C- 
Guest Jack Newfield


 31  WNYC (Ind.)

MORNING

     10:00
LEE GRAHAM – Interview   -C- 

     10:30
FILM

     11:00
BIG PICTURE – Army   -C- 

     11:30
CASPER CITRON – Interview   -C- 

AFTERNOON

     12:00
FILM   -C- 

     12:30
PERSPECTIVE   -C- 

       1:00
FILM

       1:30
INTERLUDE

       3:00
MOZART SONATAS

       3:30
ORDEAL OF THE AMERICAN CITY   -C- 
Special

       4:00
AROUND THE CLOCK

       4:30
FILM

       5:00
FILM

       5:30
YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT   -C- 

EVENING

       6:00
COMMUNITY ACTION   -C- 

       6:30
NEWS – Paul Manacher   -C- 

       6:45
FILM

       7:00
FILM   -C- 

       7:30
ON THE JOB – Fire Department

       8:00
ONE TO ONE – Art

       8:30
COMMUNICATIONS AND EDUCATION

       9:00
NEW YORK REPORT   -C- 

       9:30
NEWS – Herbert Boland   -C- 

       9:45
FILM   -C- 

     10:00
FILM

     10:30
CULTURES AND CONTINENTS


 41  WXTV (PATTERSON) (Ind.)

EVENING

       6:00
COMICOS Y CANCIONES

       6:30
NEWS IN SPANISH   -C- 

       7:00
AMOR EN EL DESIERTO

       7:30
DICHA ROBADA – Serial

       8:00
LA TREMENDA CORTE – Comedy

       8:30
LA TABERNA INDIA   -C- 

       9:00
MARIANA – Serial

     10:00
LAGRIMAS AMARGAS – Serial

     10:30
TENDEDERA  Commentary   -C- 

     10:35
CANTO DE MEXICO

     11:00
NEWS IN SPANISH – Torros   -C- 

     11:25
NEWS – Norwood   -C- 



-47-  WNJU (NEWARK) (Ind.)

AFTERNOON

       4:45
NEWS IN SPANISH

EVENING

       6:15
LA VIRGEN DE FATIMA - Serial

       6:45
NEWS IN SPANISH   -C- 

       7:00
SIMPLEMENTE MARIA – Serial   -C- 

       8:00
MYRTA SILVA – Variety   -C- 

       9:00
MIGUELITO VALDES   -C- 

       9:30
POR QUE QUERERTE – Serial   -C- 

     10:00
EL HIT DEL MOMENTO

     11:00
BODA DIABOLICA - Serial

     11:30
NEWS IN SPANISH

15 comments:

  1. Since I don't have this week's Chicago, we're doing Bits & Pieces:

    - Noting that Allen Ludden's show is on in two markets with different shows, which means we're back on the bicycles.
    The Channel 3 show includes Belland & Somerville, singers.
    That would be Bruce Belland and Diamond Dave Somerville, who were apparently between quartets at the time.
    Their earlier stops included The Diamonds ("Li'l Darlin") and most notably The Four Preps, where the 3rd Prep was Glen Larson, who co-wrote their hits "26 Miles" and "Big Man" with Belland.
    Years later, the three surviving Preps (Larson, Belland, and Somerville) would turn up on those PBS "beg week" specials to do their hits for an age-appropriate audience; I told a friend that by this time they looked like The Four Perps (hey, at least I got a laugh ...).

    - Some of the movies:
    - For Heaven's Sake: Joan Bennett and Bob Cummings are a married couple who've been putting off having a baby; Clifton Webb and Edmund Gwenn are angels who are shepherding the yet-to-be-born kid (played by a five-year-old) and trying to get the marrieds off the dime, so to speak.

    - The Day The Sky Exploded: This was Paul Hubschmid's return to Europe, where he was a major action star. Just before this, he'd spent several years in the USA, where for obvious reasons he had to use "Paul Christian". That didn't work out (the accent didn't help, especially in the '50s).

    - Larceny In Her Heart: this was one of Hugh Beaumont's appearances as Michael Shayne, long before the days of Ward Cleaver.
    Pre-Beaver, Beaumont was a Poverty Row tough guy; if he wasn't a private eye, he was as often as not a sneaky bad guy, usually out to get the leading lady - one way or the other.

    - Smuggler's Cove: A Bowery Boys epic, notable mainly for introducing Leo Gorcey to one of his wives (Amelita Ward, who mothered his children - but that's another story ...).
    Also, this is the one with Martin Kosleck as the Main Bad Guy, putting it a notch above most Monogram pictures.

    - The Man Called Gringo: A West German Western, most likely filmed in Spain (which had the right terrain for this).
    Always fun to watch actors from many nations speaking their own languages, which are then dubbed into the tongues of whatever country is running the picture; the mismatched lip movements are part of the fun.

    - This was the year that Ed Nelson took time off from his acting career to do a daily talk show for the ABC owned-and-operated stations.
    Nelson devoted an entire chapter of his memoir, Beyond Peyton Place, to this show; he enjoyed the experience, and wanted to continue for at least another year, but Something Went Wrong ...
    ... anyway, Ed Nelson went back to acting, so there too.

    - Oh, by the way ...
    The reason I didn't write about the moon landing:
    I wasn't interested in it.
    On that Sunday, I was trying to watch a White Sox game - and anybody who remembers how lousy the Sox were that year can see the desperation involved.
    My one-year-older brother was (at that time) a Major Space Buff -on which subject he could get very overbearing indeed.
    Any time Sean would clobber me with his latest enthusiasm, my immediate reaction was - to react. In the case of the space program, the reaction took the form of indifference, which I knew rankled Sean in the extreme (his firm belief was that you not only had to like what he liked, you had to stop liking what you liked).
    That's the way it is in Irish families sometimes ...



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    1. Turn to the TRIBUNE....

      http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1969/07/19/page/134

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  2. The three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were on the air for thirty straight hours on July 20th and 21st, 1969 (12 Noon EDT July 20th through 6 P.M. EDT July 21st) which included the entire 21-hour period the lunar module was on the lunar surface; and also for a couple of late-night hours on July 21st (11:30 P.M. EDT onward past Midnight in the East) to cover the astronauts leaving lunar orbit and starting the trip home.

    But of course, at the time this issue was printed, there was no assurance that Apollo 11 would be launched on-schedule, so the networks and local stations submitted regular program schedules for the July 16th-24th period in the event the flight was postponed.

    Otherwise, had the mission been postponed, readers would have seen lots of Apollo listings for network stations and wondered "With the flight postponed, what will Channels 2, 4, and 7 carry in-place of network coverage of the space shot?".

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  3. As I probably pointed-out in an earlier section, the "Three Stooges" being in color on WPIX probably was the 1965-66 "New Three Stooges" color cartoons with live-action wraparounds.

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  4. Interesting that both the CBS morning airing of "The Lucy Show" and the prime time "Here's Lucy" are both listed as "Lucille Ball".

    It can't have been too long after this that TV Guide switched from indicating (C) to indicating (BW).

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    1. TV Guide switched designating color programs with (C) to designating black & white programs with (BW) starting with the issue of August 26, 1972.

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  5. Is anyone else as fascinated as me, that David Frost guests were Gloria Swanson and James Brown. I hope they interacted.

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    1. Jimmy Rodgers' guests were Eddie Fisher and Dorothy Morrison (the woman who performed lead on the hit record "Oh, Happy Day" by the Edwin Hawkins Singers)

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  6. I don't suppose anyone remembers Allen Ludden's talk show. It wasn't on in my area. It was actually called Allen Ludden's Gallery. This was after CBS had its game show purge. Ludden would return to hosting Password on ABC in 1971. The Password on WPIX was a syndicated rerun.

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    1. The success of these syndicated repeats of the final season color episodes of PASSWORD encouraged ABC to revive the show.

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    2. And ABC cancelled "Dark Shadows" to air the new "Password"!

      Speaking of "Dark Shadows," I noticed that WNHC-TV (ch. 8) pre-empted the show for Mike Douglas. That surprises me, seeing that "Shadows" was doing well in the ratings at the time, much better than "One Life to Live."

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  7. I guess HEY LANDLORD! was a summer fill in, as it only ran one season (the way a Boston station would replace one of a double daily run of THE BRADY BUNCH with THE MONKEES most every summer)

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  8. PIONEER SPIRIT was an unsold pilot, about three suburban couples who decide to resettle in rural Alaska

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  9. Liars Club (no apostrophe) is one of the lost gems of comedy game shows. And in 1969, the host was Rod Serling (yes, THAT Rod Serling!).

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  10. Mitchell,
    Nice job on the TV channel bullets. By the way, TV Guide had recently changed their channel bullets from the TV screen ones, that had been used from late 1954 until they changed. The change occurred the weekend before Memorial Day.

    Let me do a quick recap of the NYC anchormen that were on the VHF channels.

    WCBS-2 Jim Jensen- He was Channel 2 primary anchor for the 6pm newscasts. In the'70's he was paired up with Rolland Smith. In the late '80 he ended up going to drug rehab, but not before questioning co-anchor Bree Walker about her own deformity. which some have said was insensitive. Jensen in 1994 ended up getting demoted, for rating reasons, as he was place on a public affairs program just before he retired. He died in 1999.

    Bob Young- He did the 11pm newscasts as noted. He was also the guy that replaced Peter Jennings (yes that Peter Jennings) as ABC's anchor before he end up getting replaced by Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith.

    WNBC-4 Jim Hartz- He would be known nationally as anchoring Today after Frank McGee died. In the Late '70s he anchored for WRC-TV in Washington D.C.

    Bob Teague- I beleive he was one of the first African Americans to enter TV news in the NYC area, and later anchoring.

    WNEW(WNYW)-5 Bill Jorgensen- Thanking you for your time, this time, until next time. That was his close for the 10 o'clock News program he anchored with John Roland. He would end up being lured to Channel 11 (WPIX) in 1979 do their 10pm newscast (Action News) plus the Interdependent Network News in 1980.

    WABC-7 Roger Grimsby- This was from the time of the popular EYEWITNESS NEWS in its"salad days". Notice that Grimsby's partner in crime, Bill Beutel is nowhere to be seen in these listings. That's due to Buetel still heading up ABC's London Bureau. It wouldn't be until next year that Grimsby and Beutel would be paired up. They would become, arguably New York's most popular news team up until 1986 when new ABC ownership fired Grimbsy. Grimbsby would later offer commentary for rival WNBC. He Died in 1995.Grimsby's popularity was so big that his death made the national news and even a mention by Tom Snyder on his late night show.

    WOR(WWOR)-9 Channel 9 only had a sign/sign off newscast in 1969. It's possible that staff announcers like Phil Tonken or Ted Mailie read the news. However, in 1971, WOR would start up a groundbreaking newscast called The News at Noon. The were also able to poach Tom Dunn from WABC as its newscaster.

    WPIX-11 Marc Howard- The listing above show him doing a 7 am newscast. He might not have been a big name in New York, but he would be a popular anchor for WPVI in Philadelphia, anchoring its Action News from the mid 70's up to the 2000s. He later replaced Larry Kane at KYW before retiring in 2007.

    Lee Nelson- This was the only other name I didn't recognize from the listings. A quick search on Google, found his obit. Lee wound up doing news in Boston and freelance work before dying of a heart attack at age 52. Sad having that happen so close to Christmas.

    One final note, by the end of 1969, Long Island would get its own public television station, WLIW. WLIW is currently owned by WNET (in 1969, WNDT), which uses WLIW sort-of a secondary PBS outlet.

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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!