July 3, 2017

What's on TV? Thursday, July 4, 1996

And a Happy 4th of July to you too, albeit a day early. I believe I neglected to mention on Saturday that this week's edition is from the Los Angeles area; no wonder, since I never got around to even touching on the week's programming. Never mind - we'll make up for it here.

For all my complaints regarding television in this era, it might surprise you to know that I think the pioneers of television would be pleased with much that you see here. Maybe not the tawdry "discussion" shows that dominate daytime television, or the common-denominator programs that run in primetime. But if you look at Channel 18, for example, or Channel 40, you'll see what I mean: programs that directly address a small, niche audience that would ordinarily be ignored by network television. In the case of Channel 18, you've got a veritable United Nations of language spoken on their airwaves. Channel 22 is another, with a primetime of Spanish-language programming. Both of these stations are doing exactly what the FCC hoped to accomplish through their emphasis on local programming - they're addressing a need on the part of the public, one that can't possibly be addressed by a network on the other side of the country. And Channel 40, the TBN affiliate, just like Bravo and A&E and other specialty stations, concentrates on programming to fit a very specific demand - religion in this instance, but it could be arts or sports or current affairs or news. This, rather than endless reruns of network shows from the last ten years, is what television's potential was supposed to represent.

Of course, it also produced a fragmented viewing public, but that's a complaint for another day.




KCBS, Channel 2 (CBS)

MORNING

    6AM
CBS News – Robelot/Roberts

    6:30
CBS News – Robelot/Roberts

    7AM
This Morning – Smith/Zahn (guest Robert Loggia)

    9AM
Guiding Light – Serial

  10AM
Price is Right – Game

  11AM
Young and the Restless

  11:30
Extra!

AFTERNOON

   Noon
News

   12:30
Bold and the Beautiful

     1PM
As the World Turns

     2PM
Entertainment Tonight

     2:30
Hard Copy – Newsmagazine

     3PM
Geraldo – Discussion

     4PM
Day & Date

     5PM
News

     5:30
CBS News – Dan Rather

EVENING

     6PM
News

     7PM
Hard Copy

     7:30
Entertainment Tonight – Magazine

     8PM
Terrors of the Deep

     9PM
American Gothic – Thriller

   10PM
48 Hours – Report

   11PM
News

   11:35
David Letterman (guests The Brian Setzer Orchestra)

EARLY FRIDAY

   12:35
Tom Snyder

     1:35
Stories of the Highway Patrol

     2:05
Top Cops

     2:35
Up to the Minute



KNBC, Channel 4 (NBC)

MORNING

      5AM
NBC News – Ann Curry

      5:30
News

      6AM
News

      7AM
Today – Couric/Gumbel (guest Robert Duvall)

      9AM
Real Life

    10AM
Leeza – Discussion

    11AM
News

AFTERNOON

    Noon
Wimbledon Tennis

      2PM
Wimbledon Tennis Continues

      4PM
News

      5PM
News

EVENING

      6AM
News

      6:30
NBC News – Tom Brokaw

      7PM
Extra!

      7:30
Current Affair – Newsmagazine

      8PM
Friends – Comedy

      8:30
Single Guy

      9PM
Seinfeld – Comedy

      9:30
Caroline in the City – Comedy

    10PM
ER – Drama

    11PM
News

    11:35
Wimbledon Tennis Highlights

    11:50
Jay Leno (guest Jerry Seinfeld)

EARLY FRIDAY

    12:50
Conan O’Brien (guests Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ron Silver, Chet Atkins)

      1:50
Greg Kinnear

      2:20
News

      2:50
Nightside – News


      4:30
This Morning’s Business



KTLA, Channel 5 (WB)

MORNING

      5AM
Mutant League – Cartoon

      5:30
Honeymooners – Comedy BW

      6AM
News

      7AM
Morning News

      8AM
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      9:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

    10AM
Brady Bunch - Comedy

    10:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

    11AM
Brady Bunch - Comedy

    11:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

AFTERNOON

    Noon
Brady Bunch - Comedy

    12:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      1PM
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      1:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      2PM
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      2:30
Brady Bunch - Comedy

      3PM
That’s Warner Bros.! – Cartoon

      3:30
Animaniacs – Cartoon

      4PM
Saved by the Bell – Teenagers

      4:30
Blossom – Comedy

      5PM
Beverly Hills, 90210

EVENING

      6PM
Full House – Comedy

      6:30
Family Matters – Comedy

      7PM
Fresh Prince – Comedy

      7:30
Seinfeld – Comedy

      8PM
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

      9PM
4th of July Fireworks

    10PM
News

    11PM
Cheers – Comedy

    11:30
4th of July Fireworks

EARLY FRIDAY

    12:30
News

      1:30
Infomercials

      3AM
Movie – Miss Firecracker Comedy-Drama



KABC, Channel 7 (ABC)

MORNING

    5AM
ABC News – Thalia Assuras

     5:30
News

    6AM
News

     6:30
News

    7AM
Good Morning America – Gibson/Lunden (guest Willie Nelson)

    9AM
Regis and Kathy Lee

  10AM
Caryl & Marilyn

  11AM
The City - Serial

   11:30
News

AFTERNOON

   Noon
All My Children – Serial

    1PM
One Life to Live – Serial

    2PM
General Hospital – Serial

    3PM
Oprah Winfrey

    4PM
News

    5PM
News

EVENING

    6PM
News

     6:30
ABC News – Peter Jennings

    7PM
Jeopardy!

     7:30
Wheel of Fortune – Game

    8PM
Pranks

    9PM
Movie – The Colony Drama

  11PM
News

   11:35
Nightline

EARLY FRIDAY

   12:05
Oprah Winfrey

     1:05
News

     1:40
World News Now



KCAL, Channel 9 (Ind.)

MORNING

    5AM
Faith 20

     5:30
Dennis the Menace – Comedy

    6AM
Blinky Bill - Cartoon

     6:30
Bananas in Pajamas

    7AM
Littlest Pet Shop - Cartoon

     7:30
Mighty Max – Cartoon

    8AM
Toon Town Kids – Children

    9AM
Toon Town Kids – Children

  10AM
Golden Girls – Comedy

   10:30
Golden Girls – Comedy

  11AM
Rolonda – Discussion

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Best Busy for Summer

    1PM
Baseball – California at Oakland

    4PM
Goof Troop – Cartoon

     4:30
Bonkers – Cartoon

    5PM
Aladdin – Cartoon

     5:30
Gargoyles – Cartoon

EVENING

    6PM
Funniest Home Videos

     6:30
Funniest Home Videos

    7PM
Inside Edition – Newsmagazine

     7:30
American Journal

    8PM
The Hunchback: Festival of Fools

    9PM
Guide to Summer Movies

  10PM
News

  11PM
Jerry Springer – Discussion

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Maury Povich

    1AM
Rush Limbaugh

     1:30
Lauren Hutton and… - Discussion (guest Michael Gross)

    2AM
Infomercials

    3AM
George & Alana

    4AM
Court TV: Inside America’s Courts

     4:30
TWIB – Baseball



KTTV, Channel 11 (Fox)

MORNING

    5AM
I Love Lucy – Comedy BW

     5:30
I Love Lucy – Comedy BW

    6AM
News

    7AM
Good Day L.A.

    9AM
I Love Lucy – Comedy BW

     9:30
I Love Lucy – Comedy BW

  10AM
Infomercials

  11AM
Gordon Elliott – Discussion

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Mark Walberg – Discussion

    1PM
Small Wonder – Comedy

     1:30
Small Wonder – Comedy

    2PM
Rimba’s Island – Children

     2:30
Eek!stravaganza – Cartoon

    3PM
V.R. Troopers – Children

     3:30
Taz-Mania – Cartoon

    4PM
Bobby’s World – Cartoon

     4:30
Batman & Robin – Cartoon

    5PM
Power Rangers – Fantasy

     5:30
Happy Days – Comedy

EVENING

    6PM
Married…With Children

     6:30
Cops

    7PM
Home Improvement – Comedy

     7:30
Simpsons – Cartoon

    8PM
Martin – Comedy

     8:30
Living Single – Comedy

    9PM
New York Undercover

  10PM
News

  11PM
Married…With Children

   11:30
M*A*S*H

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Cops

   12:30
Infomercials

    2AM
Beverly Hillbillies

     2:30
Andy Griffith

    3AM
Perry Mason – Drama BW

    4AM
Perry Mason – Drama BW



KCOP, Channel 13 (UPN)

MORNING

    5AM
Growing Pains – Comedy

     5:30
Different World – Comedy

    6AM
700 Club – Religion

    7AM
Pink Panther – Cartoon

     7:30
Sailor Moon – Cartoon

    8AM
Highlander: the Animated Series

     8:30
Infomercial

    9AM
Cosby Show – Comedy

     9:30
Step by Step

  10AM
Baywatch – Drama

  11AM
Jenny Jones – Discussion

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Tempstt – Discussion

    1PM
Montel Williams

    2PM
Jenny Jones – Discussion

    3PM
Richard Bey – Discussion

    4PM
Montel Williams

    5PM
Rikki Lake – Discussion

EVENING

    6PM
Roseanne – Comedy

     6:30
Roseanne – Comedy

    7PM
Next Generation

    8PM
Deep Space Nine

    9PM
Babylon 5

  10PM
News

  11PM
LAPD

   11:30
America’s Most Wanted: Final Justice

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Star Trek – Science Fiction

    1AM
Infomercials

     2:30
Movie – My Name is Bill W. – Drama

     4:30
Head of the Class – Comedy



KSCI, Channel 18 (Ind.)

MORNING

    6AM
News – In French

     6:30
News – In Japanese

     7:30
Iran Simi – In Farsi

     8:30
You and the World of Medicine – In Farsi

    9AM
Thailand Today – In Thai

   11:30
News – In Mandarin

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Mandarin Drama – In Mandarin

     1:30
Kids’ World – In Mandarin

    2PM
Infomercials

    4PM
News – In Russian

     4:30
News – In Filipino

    5PM
News – In Vietnamese

     5:30
News – In Cantonese


EVENING

    6PM
Panda TV Magazine – In Mandarin

    7PM
News – In Mandarin

    8PM
News – In Korean

     8:20
KTE Guide – In Korean

     8:25
Challenge Earth Explorer – In Korean

    9PM
News – In Korean

     9:35
To Love Again – In Korean

  10PM
Living Info – In Korean

   10:10
Men of Bath House – In Korean

  11PM
Horizon – In Armenian

   11:30
Infomercials

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Andre Show – In Armenian

    1AM
Walking in the Anointing – Religion

     1:30
Infomercial

    2AM
Shepherd’s Chapel



KWHY, Channel 22 (Ind.)

MORNING

    5AM
To Be Announced

    6AM
Market Wrap-Up

     6:15
Chart Watch

     6:30
Opening Bell Report

    7AM
Market Watch News

     7:30
Market Watch News

    8AM
Market Watch News

     8:30
Market Watch News

    9AM
Market Watch News

     9:30
Market Watch News

  10AM
Market Watch News

   10:30
Market Watch News

   10:50
Health News Update

  11AM
Market Watch News

   11:30
Market Watch News

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Market Watch News

   12:30
Market Watch News

    1PM
Closing Bell Report

     1:05
Movers and Shakers

     1:30
Market Wrap-Up

     1:45
Chart Watch

    2PM
You’re on the Line

     2:30
Programa commercial

    3PM
El vengador solitario

     4:30
Movie – El giro, el pinto y el Colorado – Drama

EVENING

    6PM
Movie – Los hijos de Mar’a Morales – Comedia BW

    8PM
Movie – Soy puro mexicano Drama BW

     9:30
Movie – Ambicion sangrienta Drama

  11PM
Programas commerciales

EARLY FRIDAY

    1AM
Programas comerciales

    3AM
Programas comerciales



KCET, Channel 28 (PBS)

MORNING

    5AM
Bloomberg Business News

     5:30
Marine Environment

    6AM
Sesame Street

    7AM
Barney & Friends – Children

     7:30
Storytime – Children

    8AM
Lamb Chop’s Play-along!

     8:30
Mister Rogers – Children

    9AM
Barney & Friends – Children

     9:30
Puzzle Place – Children

  10AM
Sesame Street

  11AM
Storytime – Children

   11:30
Shining Time Station

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Puzzle Place – Children

   12:30
Government by Consent

    1PM
Growing Old Return

    2PM
Portrait of a Family - Sociology

     2:30
American Adventure

    3PM
Newshour with Jim Lehrer

     4:30
Kratt’s Creatures – Nature

    5PM
Bill Nye the Science Guy

     5:30
In Julia’s Kitchen – Cooking

EVENING

    6PM
Nightly Business Report

     6:30
Newshour with Jim Lehrer

     7:30
Life & Times

    8PM
Capitol Fourth – Concert

     9:30
Mystery!

  11PM
Charlie Rose – Discussion

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Life & Times

   12:30
Psychology: Human Behavior



KTBN, Channel 40 (TBN)

MORNING

    5AM
Our Town – Religion

     5:30
Helen Pensanti, M.D.

    6AM
Richard and Lindsey Roberts – Religion

     6:30
John Hagee Today – Religion

    7AM
Breakthrough – Religion

     7:30
Marilyn Hickey – Religion

    8AM
Kenneth Copeland – Religion

     8:30
Steve Brock – Gospel Music

    9AM
Calling Dr. Whitaker – Religion

     9:30
Up on Melody Mountain

  10AM
Behind the Scenes

   10:30
Casey Treat – Religion

  11AM
Life Today – Religion

   11:30
This Is Your Day - Religion

AFTERNOON

   Noon
700 Club – Religion

    1PM
John Hagee Today - Religion

    2PM
Praise the Lord

    4PM
Jerry Barnard – Religion

     4:30
This Week in Bible Prophecy

    5PM
Behind the Scenes

     5:30
Bob Larson - Religion

EVENING

    6PM
Bishop Jakes – Religion

     6:30
John Osteen – Religion

    7PM
Praise the Lord

  10PM
Mario Murillo – Religion

   10:30
This Is Your Day – Religion

  11PM
Hal Lindsey – Religion

   11:30
Doctor and the Word

EARLY FRIDAY

     Mid.
Praise the Lord – Religion

    3AM
Behind the Scenes

     3:15
John Avanzini – Religion

     3:25
The Word – Religion

     3:30
This Is Your Day – Religion

    4AM
Brent Walters – Religion

     4:30
Steve Brock – Gospel Music



KDOC, Channel 56 (Anaheim) (Ind.)

MORNING

     5:30
Joyce Meyer – Religion

    6AM
This Is Your Day - Religion

     6:30
Kenneth Copeland - Religion

    7AM
News – In Japanese

     7:30
Ohayo Salon – In Japanese

    8AM
Infomercial

     8:30
Victory with Morris Cerullo

    9AM
Joyce Meyer – Religion

     9:30
Infomercial

  10AM
Headline News

   10:30
Southland Today - Discussion

  11AM
I Spy - Adventure

AFTERNOON

   Noon
Perry Mason - Drama BW

    1PM
Barnaby Jones – Crime Drama

    2PM
Gunsmoke - Western

    3PM
Froozies - Children

     3:30
Newhart – Comedy

    4PM
Wild Wild West – Adventure

    5PM
Bonanza – Western

EVENING

    6PM
Rockford Files – Crime Drama

    7PM
Newhart – Comedy

     7:30
Hogan’s Heroes

    8PM
Hollywood Park – Horse Racing

     8:30
Infomercial

    9PM
John Ankerberg – Religion

     9:30
Infomercial

  10PM
Gunsmoke - Western

  11PM
Infomercials

EARLY FRIDAY

    1AM
Hot Seat Highlights


3 comments:

  1. I thought that in 1996, the Boston Pops' July 4th concert was televised nationally on A&E (and locally in Boston on WCVB, Channel 5).

    I would think that the fireworks on KTLA were a local Los Angeles-area display, likely televised live at 9 P.M. local with a repeat at 11:30 P.M.....or did KTLA show another July 4th fireworks show (maybe from another California city) on tape at 11:30 P.M.?

    The "Capitol Fourth" concert on KCET was broadcast on a three-hour tape delay. I wonder if any PBS member stations on the West Coast will shot this year's concert tomorrow (July 4th, 2017) live at 5 P.M. PDT.

    I'm pretty sure that Macy's had already begun their July 4th fireworks show in New York well before 1996, but I think that in 1996, it was broadcast only locally on WNBC-TV New York.

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  2. I used to live on Long Island in the late 1980 and into the 1990's, and I recall that before NBC covered the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, WPIX did. In fact I remember that near the end of WPIX's involvement, that they would pretape messages from famous celebrities and sports stars that would air along side the fireworks. In 1998, Derek Jeter was show alongside the fireworks, (note that was the last year WPIX carried the NY Yankees until 2015)and Mike Piazza of the NY Mets in 1999, the first year WPIX carries Mets games, which they still do today.

    In researching this topic further. It turned out that WPIX carried the Macy's Fireworks from 1977 to 1999, save for 1986. In 1986, it appears that the Macy's fireworks were preempted for a larger fireworks spectacle as part of the "Liberty Weekend" special that aired on ABC.

    From Wikia's Other Holiday Specials page


    From Google Books, NY Magazine July 1, 1985

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  3. That was the last year of Rush Limbaugh's TV show. While it opened to good ratings (and choice network affiliates) by '96 it was shuffled off to less-desirable stations (like UPN affiliates) and time slots.
    Rush himself had pulled the plug due to this, that listing was probably a rerun.
    7 hours of Brady Bunch??? Wow, just wow. Many areas have had at least one 'all-religious' and 'all-Spanish' stations since the early '90s - heck, Central Florida has two of each.

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