April 9, 2018

What's on TV? Monday, April 11, 1960

I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm frequently amused by the abbreviations TV Guide sometimes uses in the program listings. Take 7:30 p.m. on CBS as an example. Father Knows. Well, we all know what Father knows - Father Knows Best! Nowadays we'd probably jump to some kind of conclusion that in order to remove the patriarchal society suggested by the title, an adjustment was made to simply state an obvious truth: father knows. He knows something, he knows nothing, he knows not as much. But we can't be so sexist as to say that he knows best.

Of course, a look at the page itself - as you see above - shows us that they simply ran out of room on the line, and knew people would understand what they meant. Had one of the four stations not been showing it, "Best" probably would have been included. TV Guide often did this with shows with long titles - I Dream of Jeannie, That Was the Week That Was, Please Don't Eat the Daisies. Weren't times easier back then, when we didn't need to jump to conclusions? These listings, by the way, are from the Minnesota State Edition.




 2  KTCA (Educ.)

     MORNING   

   11:00
HISTORY—Herb Hake
       
   11:30
PSYCHOLOGY 1—Education

   AFTERNOON 

    2:30
A TIME TO DANCE—Myers   DEBUT 

    3:00
TEA AT THREE—Jeani K

      EVENING    

    6:30
WHAT’S NEW—Education

    7:00
MUSIC FOR THE CLASSROOM

    8:00
FAR EAST STUDY—Swain

    8:30
BOOKS AND IDEAS—Marsh

    9:00
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY—Kanner

    9:30
CURRENT ISSUES—Lindsay

   10:00
GREAT BOOKS

   10:30
MODERN ART—Washburn



 3  KDAL (Duluth) (CBS)

     MORNING   

    7:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education
Physics

    7:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education
Chemistry

    8:00
NEWS—Hottelet
Allan Jackson substitutes this week

    8:15
CAPTAIN KANGAROO

    9:00
RED ROWE—Variety

    9:30
ON THE GO—Linkletter

   10:00
I LOVE LUCY

   10:30
DECEMBER BRIDE

   11:00
LOVE OF LIFE
       
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial

   11:45
GUIDING LIGHT

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS—Walter Cronkite

   12:05
TOWN AND COUNTRY—Becker

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE—Dr. James A. Peterson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    3:00
BRIGHTER DAY

    3:15
SECRET STORM

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT

    4:00
LIFE OF RILEY—Comedy

    4:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    5:00
BANDSTAND—Jim Rassbach

    5:30
CALIFORNIANS—Western

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS

    6:15
NEWS—Edwards

    6:30
OZZIE AND HARRIET—Comedy

    7:00
TEXAN—Western

    7:30
FATHER KNOWS

    8:00
DANNY THOMAS

    8:30
ANN SOTHERN

    9:00
HENNESEY—Comedy

    9:30
JUNE ALLYSON—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:15
TWILIGHT ZONE—Drama

   10:45
MANHUNT—Police

   11:15
MOVIE—Police
“Terror at Midnight” (1956)



 3   KGLO (Mason City) (CBS)

     MORNING   

    8:00
NEWS—Hottelet
Allan Jackson substitutes

    8:15
CAPTAIN KANGAROO

    9:00
ELEMENTARY SPANISH

    9:30
ON THE GO—Linkletter

   10:00
I LOVE LUCY

   10:30
DECEMBER BRIDE

   11:00
LOVE OF LIFE
       
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial

   11:45
GUIDING LIGHT

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE—Dr. James A. Peterson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    3:00
BRIGHTER DAY

    3:15
SECRET STORM

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT

    4:00
BOB CAVANAUGH—Variety

    5:00
BART’S CLUBHOUSE—Kids

    5:45
NEWS, MARKETS, WEATHER

      EVENING    

    6:15
NEWS—Edwards

    6:30
KATE SMITH—Music
Guests: Four Aces, Augie and Margo

    7:00
THIS MAN DAWSON—Police

    7:30
FATHER KNOWS

    8:00
DANNY THOMAS

    8:30
ANN SOTHERN

    9:00
HENNESEY—Comedy

    9:30
JUNE ALLYSON—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama
“My Marriage” (1936)



 4  WCCO (CBS)

     MORNING   

    7:00
CARTOONS—Siegfried

    8:00
NEWS—Hottelet
Allan Jackson substitutes this week

    8:15
CAPTAIN KANGAROO

    9:00
REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:15
NEWS—WHAT’S NEW?

    9:30
ON THE GO—Linkletter

   10:00
I LOVE LUCY

   10:30
DECEMBER BRIDE

   11:00
LOVE OF LIFE
       
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial

   11:45
GUIDING LIGHT

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS

   12:15
SOMETHING SPECIAL—Merriman

   12:20
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE—Dr. James A. Peterson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    3:00
BRIGHTER DAY

    3:15
SECRET STORM

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN—Haeberle

    4:30
BOZO THE CLOWN—Kids

    5:00
AXEL AND DOG—Clellan Card

    5:30
CLANCY THE COP—Kids

    5:55
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

      EVENING    

    6:15
NEWS—Edwards

    6:30
KATE SMITH—Music
Guests: Four Aces, Augie and Margo

    7:00
TEXAN—Western

    7:30
FATHER KNOWS

    8:00
DANNY THOMAS

    8:30
ANN SOTHERN

    9:00
HENNESEY—Comedy

    9:30
JUNE ALLYSON—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
26 MEN—Western

   11:00
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

   11:05
DIVORCE COURT—Drama



 5  KSTP (NBC)

     MORNING   

    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education
Physics

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education   COLOR 
Chemistry

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway
This week from Rome

    9:00
DOUGH RE MI

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH

   10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Contest   COLOR 

   10:30
CONCENTRATION

   11:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game
       
   11:30
IT COULD BE YOU—Bill Leyden   COLOR 

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS

   12:20
TREASURE CHEST—Quiz

    1:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    1:30
LORETTA YOUNG

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS

    3:00
THIN MAN—Mystery

    3:30
BUCKSKIN—Western

    4:00
TOPPER—Comedy

    4:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    5:00
ROBIN HOOD—Adventure

    5:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS

    6:30
RIVERBOAT

    7:30
WELLS FARGO

    8:00
PETER GUNN

    8:30
GOODYEAR THEATER

    9:00
STEVE ALLEN—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Charlton Heston, Rise Stevens, Jerry Vale

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
BADGE 714—Police

   11:00
JACK PAAR—Variety

   12:00
NEWS



 6  WSDM (Duluth) (NBC)

     MORNING   

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway
This week from Rome

    9:00
DOUGH RE MI

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH

   10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Contest   COLOR 

   10:30
CONCENTRATION

   11:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game
       
   11:30
IT COULD BE YOU—Bill Leyden   COLOR 

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS

   12:05
LAUREL AND HARDY—Comedy

   12:30
PEOPLE’S CHOICE—Comedy

    1:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    1:30
LORETTA YOUNG

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS

    3:00
THIN MAN—Mystery

    3:30
BUCKSKIN—Western

    4:00
CAPTAIN Q. AND POPEYE—Kids

    5:30
RIN TIN TIN

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS

    6:15
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

    6:30
RIVERBOAT

    7:30
WELLS FARGO

    8:00
PETER GUNN

    8:30
GOODYEAR THEATER

    9:00
STEVE ALLEN—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Charlton Heston, Rise Stevens, Jerry Vale

   10:00
NEWS

   10:15
SCIENCE FICTION THEATER

   10:50
SPORTS—Bob Junkert

   11:00
JACK PAAR—Variety

   12:00
NEWS



 6  KMMT (Austin) (ABC)

     MORNING   

   11:00
THIS IS THE ANSWER—Religion
       
   11:30
CARTOON CARNIVAL—Kids

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
RESTLESS GUN—Western

   12:30
LOVE THAT BOB!—Comedy

    1:00
ABOUT FACES—Alexander
Guest: George Montgomery

    1:30
NEWS, WEATHER

    1:40
TV TRADING TIME

    1:45
AFTERNOON COFFEE CLUB

    2:00
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    2:30
GALE STORM—Comedy

    3:00
BEAT THE CLOCK—Games

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST—Quiz

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Guests: The Four Coachmen

    5:30
RIN TIN TIN

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS

    6:15
NEWS—John Daly

    6:30
CHEYENNE—Western

    7:30
BOURBON STREET BEAT

    8:30
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

    9:30
JIM BOWIE—Adventure

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
AMATEUR HOUR—Ted Mack

   11:00
I SPY—Adventure

   11:30
NEWS—Jack Rainbolt



 8  WKBT (LaCrosse) (CBS)

     MORNING   

   11:00
LOVE OF LIFE
       
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial

   11:45
GUIDING LIGHT

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
BOSTON BLACKIE—Mystery

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE—Dr. James A. Peterson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    3:00
BRIGHTER DAY

    3:15
SECRET STORM

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT

    4:00
UNCOMMON VALOR—Marines

    4:30
LOOK, LISTEN AND LEARN

    5:00
LONE RANGER—Western

    5:30
RIN TIN TIN

      EVENING    

    6:00
FARM DIGEST

    6:05
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

    6:15
NEWS—Edwards

    6:30
KATE SMITH—Music
Guests: Four Aces, Augie and Margo

    7:00
TEXAN—Western

    7:30
FATHER KNOWS

    8:00
DANNY THOMAS

    8:30
ANN SOTHERN

    9:00
HENNESEY—Comedy

    9:30
LOCK UP—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:20
UNUSUAL OCCUPATIONS

   10:30
BOURBON STREET BEAT

   11:30
NAVY LOG—Drama



 9  KMSP (Ind.)

     MORNING   

   10:30
CHAPEL OF THE AIR—Religion

   10:40
MOVIE—Drama
“The Girl of the Limberlost” (1945)

   11:45
NEWSBEAT—Lee, Parker

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
KARTOONTIME—Pegge and Pals

   12:30
CHUCK CARSON—Variety

    1:00
I SPY—Adventure

    1:30
BEULAH—Comedy

    2:00
MOVIE—Melodrama
“Las Vegas Story” (1952)

    4:00
IT’S A GREAT LIFE—Comedy

    4:30
I MARRIED JOAN—Comedy

    5:00
SUSIE—Comedy

    5:30
OUR MISS BROOKS—Comedy

      EVENING    

    6:00
LOONEY TUNERS CLUB—Lee

    6:30
MY HERO—Comedy

    7:00
WRESTLING—Minneapolis

    8:00
CITY DETECTIVE—Police

    8:30
FOLLOW THAT MAN—Mystery

    9:00
SAN FRANCISCO BEAT—Police

    9:30
DEADLINE—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama
“Boom Town” (1946)



10 KROC (Rochester) (NBC)

     MORNING   

    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education
Physics

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education   COLOR 
Chemistry

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway
This week from Rome

    9:00
DOUGH RE MI

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH

   10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Contest   COLOR 

   10:30
CONCENTRATION

   11:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game
       
   11:30
IT COULD BE YOU—Bill Leyden   COLOR 

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
NEWS

   12:15
CHANNEL 10 CALLING

   12:30
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE—Religion

   12:45
INDUSTRY ON PARADE

    1:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    1:30
LORETTA YOUNG

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS

    3:00
THIN MAN—Mystery

    3:30
BUCKSKIN—Western

    4:00
THIS IS THE LIFE—Religion

    4:30
HOWDY DOODY—Kids

    5:00
THREE STOOGES—Comedy

    5:45
MUSIC TIME

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS

    6:15
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

    6:30
RIVERBOAT

    7:30
WELLS FARGO

    8:00
PETER GUNN

    8:30
GOODYEAR THEATER

    9:00
STEVE ALLEN—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Charlton Heston, Rise Stevens, Jerry Vale

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
JACK PAAR—Variety



11 WTCN (ABC)

     MORNING   

    8:30
FILM FEATURE

    8:55
FARM NEWS—Stuart A. Lindman

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Miss June

    9:45
SHAPE UP—Louraine Larson

   10:15
PEOPLE AND PLACES—Lindman

   10:30
MOVIE—Fairy Tale
“Hansel and Gretal” (1954)

   11:45
NEWS, WEATHER

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
RESTLESS GUN—Western

   12:30
LOVE THAT BOB!—Comedy

    1:00
ABOUT FACES—Alexander
Guest: George Montgomery

    1:30
BURNS AND ALLEN—Comedy

    2:00
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    2:30
GALE STORM—Comedy

    3:00
BEAT THE CLOCK—Games

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST—Quiz

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Guests: The Four Coachmen

    5:00
CASEY JONES—Kids

    5:30
RIN TIN TIN

      EVENING    

    6:00
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy

    6:30
CHEYENNE—Western

    7:30
BOURBON STREET BEAT

    8:30
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

    9:30
AMATEUR HOUR—Ted Mack

   10:00
NEWS

   10:15
MOVIE—Drama
“The Clock” (1945)

   11:30
FINAL NEWS ROUNDUP

   11:45
YOUR ALL STAR THEATER




13 WEAU (Eau Claire) (NBC)

     MORNING   

    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education
Physics

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM—Education   COLOR 
Chemistry

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway
This week from Rome

    9:00
DOUGH RE MI

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH

   10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Contest   COLOR 

   10:30
CONCENTRATION

   11:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game
       
   11:30
IT COULD BE YOU—Bill Leyden   COLOR 

   AFTERNOON 

   12:00
FILM FEATURE

   12:30
NEWS, WEATHER, MARKETS

    1:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    1:30
LORETTA YOUNG

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS

    3:00
THIN MAN—Mystery

    3:30
BUCKSKIN—Western

    4:00
BIG MAC—Kids

    4:30
CARTOONS—Kids

    5:00
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

    5:30
FILM SHORT

    5:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

      EVENING    

    6:00
CRUSADER RABBIT—Cartoons

    6:10
NEWS, WEATHER

    6:30
RIVERBOAT

    7:30
WELLS FARGO

    8:00
PETER GUNN

    8:30
SHERIFF OF COCHISE—Police

    9:00
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY

    9:30
LOCK UP—Drama

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
SCIENCE FICTION THEATER

   11:00
MOVIE—Musical Comedy
“Let’s Go Steady” (1945)
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6 comments:

  1. I read somewhere that FATHER KNOWS BEST as a radio show had Jim Anderson acting more like a typically bumbling dad and that the title either for radio or tv was supposed to end in a question mark (FATHER KNOWS BEST?). I'm glad Robert Young & his co-producer Eugene Rodney decided not to make Jim Anderson another bumbling dad. I only watched LIFE OF RILEY once or twice on CBS before I was permanently sick of it, and I changed the channel on BLONDIE (1950s version) as soon as Dagwood opened his mouth & spoke. I figured out back then (1980s) that I couldn't stand tv families w/ idiot dads whose families could barely respect them, no matter how classic the shows were.

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  2. The other classic TV show whose title often got abbreviated in TV Guide was "Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea", which often got abbreviated in listings as "Voyage".

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  3. Since it would be more than two years before the first trans-Atlantic broadcast satellite (Telstar I) would be launched, and five years before the first geostationary trans-Atlantic broadcast satellite (Early Bird) would be launched, "The Today Show" from Rome was taped ahead of time (probably the day before) with tapes shipped across the Atlantic for broadcast, likely the next morning.

    "Today"'s longtime news reader, Frank Blair, likely didn't make the trip; I would think he was back in New York, doing live news updates every half-hour.

    I believe that shortly after Early Bird was launched in 1965, "Today" did do a show live by satellite from London (at least to the East; the West saw it on a couple of hours' delay).

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  4. Working from the Chicago edition of this week's issue:

    Here's how the listing appears in my copy (approximately):

    2 13 22 FATHER KNOWS BEST

    All on one line, as you can see.

    But later that same evening, this listing appears:

    7 13 28 ADVENTURES IN
    PARADISE - Drama


    Two lines.

    As a control, I checked out the rest of the week.
    On Friday night, I found this:

    7 13 28 MAN FROM BLACK-
    HAWK - Western


    Two lines, with a hyphen yet.

    And later on that night:

    5 16 |color| MASQUERADE
    PARTY - Panel


    Back to Monday night, locally:

    9 |color| BUGS BUNNY AND
    FRIENDS - Kids


    And later on:

    9 HOW TO MARRY A MILLION-
    AIRE - Comedy


    My overall recollection of at least the Chicago edition of TV Guide is that when necessary, they went to two lines (exceptions rare).

    Follow-up Control:
    Skipping ahead to September of 1966:

    5 16 39 PLEASE DON'T EAT
    THE DAISIES - Comedy


    On the other hand, from that same issue:

    5 16 39 |color| MAKE A DEAL

    All clear now?

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  5. Abbreviations I have seen: believe it or not, I've seen PDETD shortened to just "Daisies" and I Dream of Jeannie as "Jeannie". There were truncated titles of others sorts, like with daytime shows ("World Turns", "Tell the Truth") and some syndicated fare ("Nashville Music"). Why I'll bet there have been newspaper TV section listings like "Pop Goes Country" and Ed Sullivan's program pre-1955 as "Toast of Town" It's totally amazing how far we have come since those days.

    A little background on some of the movie offerings:
    "The Girl of the Limberlost" is a remake of two films, 1934's "Girl of the Limberlost" and 1939's "Romance of the Limberlost". Screenplay by Erna Lazerus. Based on the novel by Gene Stratton-Porter, it stars Ruth Nelson, Dorinda Clifton, Loren Tindall, Gloria Holden, Ernest Cossart and Vanessa Brown. The 1954 Hansel and Gretel would sure make George Pal proud-sorta. It's a "Puppetoon"-type production with the voice talents of Anna Russell, Mildred Dunnock, Frank Rogier and Delbert Anderson. RKO filmed it in Technicolor, but WTCN (now KARE) could only get a B&W print. It's on DVD from Amazon if you'd like to check it out. My Marriage sounds like a romantic drame, but it's a police crime flick with Claire Trevor and Kent Taylor. It's about an underworld gambling czar who masqueraded as a respectable member of high society. When he's killed, a cop friend helps his daughter Carol (Trevor) find his murderer. A taut, tense story taken from an original screenplay by Frances Hyland.

    Here's a switch: KDAL, the CBS/ABC station in Duluth, showing Continental Classroom instead of WDSM, the NBC outlet. Kinda makes me wonder if they showed CBS' Sunrise/Summer Semester series?

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