October 2, 2017

What's on TV? Tuesday, October 2, 1962

You'll never know the troubles to which I go for you, dear readers, in pursuit of the full story. Oh, there are typos and misstatements that I occasionally make, and I'm grateful to you for pointing them out to me, because accuracy is important. But by and large, I like to give you the full picture of what's happening in these TV listings, and it was with that in mind that I found myself at the website of the Society of American Baseball Research and the Media Research Committee.

As I mentioned on Saturday, the 1962 World Series was delayed because of the best-of-three tiebreaker playoff between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the National League pennant. With no disclaimer in TV Guide as to how the schedules would change in the event the pennant race ended in a tie (that's how unlikely it was, the Dodgers leading by four with a week to go) a disclaimer as to what the TV contingency plans were in the event of a playoff, it was a challenge finding out how the playoff, which ran Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, would have affected the broadcast schedule. Finding out the start time of the games was relatively easy, but the network? NBC had the rights to the World Series and All Star Games, but CBS also broadcast weekly games. Which one would have carried the playoff? You'd think in this day and age that kind of information would have been close at hand, but it took more time than I'd care to have spent to come up with the data that NBC, indeed, televised the three games. I could have guessed that, but it wouldn't have been fair to you (not to mention someone would have pointed it out in the comments section). I could have simply gone with the schedule as printed in TV Guide, but that wouldn't have been the full picture. Therefore, I take it upon myself to change today's printed listings to accommodate Game 2 of the Giants-Dodgers series.

Before we get to it, one more thing. Game 2, won by the Dodgers 8-7, was - at four hours and 18 minutes - the longest nine-inning game ever played to that point. Am I going to block out all four over hours? No; I'll block out three, which is what TV Guide would have done (and should have done, if they'd included the playoff disclaimer), and you can keep in mind live sporting events sometimes run over. And now, if you're still with me, here's the day in review. The listings are from Minneapolis-St. Paul.



 2   KTCA (Educ.)

MORNING


    8:35
SCIENCE – Grade 7

    9:00
ART – Grade 4

    9:25
FRENCH – Grade 4

    9:40
SCIENCE – Grade 7

  10:10
SINGING TOGETHER – Grade 3

  10:30
BRITISH CALENDAR – Travelog

  10:45
SCIENCE – Grade 7

  11:20
HORIZONS OF SCIENCE

  11:30
PSYCHOLOGY I – Lecture

AFTERNOON


  12:05
SCIENCE – Grade 7

    1:05
SCIENCE – Grade 7

    1:30
BRITISH CALENDAR – Travelog

    1:50
SCIENCE – Grade 2

    2:15
SCIENCE – Grade 7

    2:40
EXPLORING SCIENCE – Grade 6

    3:05
PROBLEM SOLVING – Levy

    3:45
LEARNING AND TEACHING

    4:00
MAN’S LIVING BODY

    5:45
COLLEGE OF THE AIR

EVENING


    6:15
PROBLEM SOLVING - Levy

    6:45
BACKGROUND – Dr. E.W. Ziebarth

    7:00
MUSIC FROM OHIO STATE

    7:30
AREA STUDY – Far East

    8:00
KEYNOTES – Professor Crown

    8:30
COLLEGE OF ST. THOMAS

    9:00
MEDIEVAL CIVILIZATION – Hoyt

  10:00
BIG PICTURE – Army

  10:30
SHAKESPEARE



 4   WCCO (CBS)

MORNING


    6:30
COLLEGE OF THE AIR

    7:00
SIEGFRIED AND CLANCY

    7:45
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO – Children

    9:00
NEWS – Dean Montgomery

    9:10
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:20
WHAT’S NEW – Arle Haeberle

    9:30
I LOVE LUCY – Comedy

  10:00
McCOYS – Comedy

  10:30
PETE AND GLADYS – Comedy

  11:00
LOVE OF LIFE – Serial

  11:25
NEWS – Harry Reasoner

  11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

  11:45
GUIDING LIGHT – Serial

AFTERNOON


  12:00
NEWS – Dave Moore

  12:15
SOMETHING SPECIAL – Merriman

  12:25
WEATHER – Bud Kraehling

  12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS – Serial

    1:00
PASSWORD – Allen Ludden

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY – Art Linkletter
Guest: Dick Powell

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE – Drama

    2:30
TO TELL THE TRUTH – Panel

    2:55
NEWS – Douglas Edwards

    3:00
SECRET STORM – Serial

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT – Serial

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN – Haeberle

    4:30
AXEL AND BOMBA – Children

    5:30
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

EVENING


    6:00
NEWS – Dean Montgomery

    6:10
WEATHER – Don O’Brien

    6:15
NEWS – Walter Cronkite

    6:30
HUCKLEBERRY HOUND

    7:00
ROUNDY PREDICTS – Sports

    7:30
RED SKELTON – Comedy
Guests: Juliet Prowse, Phil Harris

    8:30
JACK BENNY – Comedy
Guest: Frank Sinatra, Jr.

    9:00
GARRY MOORE – Variety

  10:00
NEWS – Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER – Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS – Hal Scott

  10:30
STEVE ALLEN – Variety
Guests: Frankie Avalon, Gabe Dell, Jennie Smith

  12:00
DANGER MAN – Adventure

  12:30
DRAGNET – Jack Webb

    1:00
NEWS – Dave Moore



 5   KSTP (NBC)

MORNING


    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM – Education  COLOR 

    7:00
TODAY – Hugh Downs
World Series preview, hot-rod cars

    9:00
SAY WHEN – Art James  COLOR 

    9:25
NEWS – Edwin Newman

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH – Lewis  COLOR 
Guest: Chuck Connors

  10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT – Cullen  COLOR 

  10:30
CONCENTRATION – Hugh Downs

  11:00
YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION – Bill Leyden  COLOR 

  11:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – Bob Barker  COLOR 

  11:55
NEWS – Ray Scherer

AFTERNOON


  12:00
NEWS – John MacDougall

  12:15
WEATHER – Johnny Morris

  12:20
TREASURE CHEST  COLOR 

    1:00
MERV GRIFFIN  COLOR 

    1:55
NEWS – Floyd Kalber

    2:00
LORETTA YOUNG – Drama

    2:30
YOUNG DR. MALONE – Serial  COLOR 

    3:00
BASEBALL  SPECIAL   COLOR 
National League Playoff Game 2 – Giants vs. Dodgers

EVENING


    6:00
NEWS – Bob Ryan

    6:15
WEATHER – Johnny Morris

    6:25
SPORTS – Al Wester

    6:30
LARAMIE – Western  COLOR 

    7:30
EMPIRE – Drama  COLOR 

    8:30
DICK POWELL – Drama

    9:30
CHET HUNTLEY – News Analysis  RETURN 

  10:00
NEWS – John MacDougall

  10:15
WEATHER – Johnny Morris

  10:20
SPORTS – Al Wester

  10:30
TONIGHT – Johnny Carson
Guests: Tallulah Bankhead, Shelley Berman, Artie Shaw, Fran Bennett

  12:00
MAN FROM COCHISE – Police

  12:30
NEWS AND SPORTS



 9   KMSP (ABC)

MORNING


    7:55
CHAPEL OF THE AIR – Religion

    8:00
BREAKFAST WITH CAP’N KEN

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM – Miss Betty

  10:00
DEBBIE DRAKE – Exercise  

  10:15
RANDOM – Variety

  11:00
ERNIE FORD – Variety

AFTERNOON


  12:00
JANE WYMAN – Drama

  12:30
CAMOUFLAGE – Don Morrow

  12:55
NEWS – Alex Dreier

    1:00
COURTROOM U.S.A. – Drama

    1:30
OUR MISS BROOKS – Comedy

    2:00
DAY IN COURT – Drama

    2:30
SEVEN KEYS – Jack Narz

    3:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY – Bailey

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST? – Woodbury

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND – Clark

    4:30
DISCOVERY ’62 – Children

    4:55
AMERICAN NEWSSTAND – Sharp

    5:00
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY – Linkletter

    5:30
WEATHER – Jere Smith

    5:35
NEWS – Bob Allard

    5:45
NEWS – Ron Cochran

EVENING


    6:00
MIKE HAMMER – Mystery

    6:30
COMBAT! – Drama  DEBUT 

    7:30
HAWAIIAN EYE – Mystery

    8:30
UNTOUCHABLES – Police

    9:30
REBEL – Western

  10:00
NEWS – George Grim

  10:15
WEATHER – Jere Smith

  10:20
SPORTS – Tony Parker

  10:30
MAVERICK – Western

  11:30
MOVIE – Drama
“City of Shadows” (1955)



11  WTCN (Ind.)

MORNING


  11:25
WE LEARN TO LIVE – Religion

  11:30
CARTOON CIRCUS – Children

  11:45
NEWS – Bob Landon

AFTERNOON


  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY – Children

    1:00
MOVIE – Drama
“Behold My Wife” (1935)

    2:25
MAHALIA JACKSON SINGS

    2:30
STATE TROOPER – Police

    3:00
DECEMBER BRIDE – Comedy

    3:30
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY – Comedy

    4:00
POPEYE AND PETE – Dave Lee

    4:30
DICK TRACY - Cartoons

    5:00
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB – Children

    5:30
SUPERMAN – Adventure

EVENING


    6:00
WHIRLYBIRDS – Adventure

    6:30
BIG PAYOFF – Quiz

    7:00
SEA HUNT – Adventure

    7:30
MOVIE – Drama
“The Big Street” (1942)

    9:00
WYATT EARP – Western

    9:30
NEWS – Dick Ford

    9:45
WEATHER – Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS – Buetel, Horner

  10:00
HIGHWAY PATROL – Police

  10:30
VIKINGS HIGHLIGHTS - Buetel

9 comments:

  1. Wouldn't the baseball game have been broadcast in color?

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    1. Good question - I had to think about that, and I'm just not sure. The World Series was scheduled to be shown in color, but other TV Guides from 1962 show that the Saturday Game of the Week was in B&W, so it depends on how NBC chose to treat these games. They could have gone in color assuming that the Dodgers were going to win, because the first game of the Series would be in LA anyway, but would they have made the investment knowing that they'd have to make other arrangements if San Francisco wins? It could very well have been in color - I just didn't have enough evidence either way to make a call. If anyone knows, I'd be grateful to update it.

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  2. And Discovery '62 (its first season) was on during the week, between American Bandstand and American Newsstand. I never heard of American Newsstand until I saw a 1961 ABC News promo on YouTube. The slogan was "News for young people, by young people." I wonder when Discovery switched to Sundays, probably around the time Bandstand switched to Saturdays.

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    1. There is a full American Newsstand on YouTube, complete with Milton Bradley commercial.

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    2. It looks like Discovery moved to Sundays sometime late in 1963 - not sure of the date, although that's with only a couple of minutes of looking. I only remember it on Sunday myself, when I was old enough to know that I preferred Virginia Gibson to Bill Owen.

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  3. I have a 1962 vintage BIG PAYOFF episode, but I always understood it was an unsold pilot for a revival. But one of the Twin Cities stations aired it.

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  4. Tip 'o the hat to Google News Archives and the 10/02/62 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Giants-Dodgers were in that day's TV listings with the "color" identifier alongside.

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  5. Wasn't that playoff game between the Dodgers and Giants the first baseball game aired in color?

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