May 7, 2018

What's on TV? Friday, May 8, 1970

I can assure you I didn't choose this date simply because it was my 10th birthday. No, I actually go to some effort in picking days of the week that we haven't seen recently. In the last few months, we've looked at Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, even Thursdays in the 1969-70 season, which leaves us Friday. The listings are from the Minnesota State Edition.

You'll notice in the picture above that ABC has The Ghost and Mrs. Muir scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but this would have been preempted for the seventh game of the NBA finals, which we read about on Saturday. Coverage started at 6:30 p.m. CT, and I figured it would probably have run until about 9:00 p.m. including the trophy presentation; since Love, American Style was scheduled to run from 9:00 to 10:00, I took the liberty of assuming ABC would have left that in place rather than borrowing one of their shows from earlier in the evening. (In case you're interested, the programs that were preempted in favor of basketball were The Flying Nun, The Brady Bunch, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and an ABC news special on the American handyman.)

One last sports note: WDSM, Channel 6 in Duluth, is shown as joining the Twins-Indians game in progress, about five minutes late. If that's really true, they probably only missed a few batters. Today, the way they play the game, after five minutes the lead-off man is probably still at bat.




 2   KTCA (NET)

MORNING

     8:30
CLASSROOM—Education
Classroom runs until 3 P.M.

AFTERNOON

     3:30
TEACHING ENGLISH—Education

     4:00
PERSPECTIVE  -C- 

     4:15
FRIENDLY GIANT—Children

     4:30
SESAME STREET  -C- 
Guest: B.B. King

     5:30
MISTEROGERS—Children  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
MAN AND THE UNIVERSE

     6:30
EFFICIENT READING  -C- 

     7:00
CONTINENTAL COMMENT

     7:30
WASHINGTON REVIEW  -C- 

     8:00
YOUR WORLD THIS WEEK

     8:30
ECHOES FROM THE CLOISTERS  -C- 

     9:00
RED CHINA IN THE 70s

     9:30
FOLIO—U. of Minnesota

   10:00
NET PLAYHOUSE—Drama



 3   KDAL (DULUTH) (CBS)

MORNING

     6:30
SUNRISE SEMESTER  -C- 

     6:55
FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE BY  -C- 

     7:00
NEWS—Benti  -C- 

     8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children  -C- 

     9:00
LUCILLE BALL  -C- 

     9:30
HILLBILLIES  -C- 

   10:00
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy  -C- 

   10:30
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial  -C- 

   11:00
WHERE THE HEART IS—Serial  -C- 

   11:25
NEWS—Edwards  -C- 
         
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
TOWN AND COUNTRY  -C- 

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial  -C- 

     1:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING  -C- 

     1:30
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     2:00
SECRET STORM—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
GOMER PYLE, USMC—Comedy  -C- 

     3:30
MIKE DOUGLAS—Variety  -C- 
Guests: Jack Jones, David Schoenbrun, Sheila MacRae

     4:50
FASHIONS IN SEWING  -C- 

     5:00
FLINTSTONES—Children  -C- 

     5:30
NEWS—Walter Cronkite  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
GET SMART  -C- 

     7:00
TIM CONWAY—Comedy  -C- 

     7:30
HOGAN’S HEROES—Comedy  -C- 

     8:00
MOVIE—Drama
“The Crooked Road” (English; 1964)

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
MERV GRIFFIN  -C- 
Guests: Imogene Coca, Jack Douglas and Reiko, Kaye Hart, Brother Theodore, Marcia Wallace

   12:00
MOVIE—Western  -C- 
“The Appaloosa” (1966)



 4   WCCO (CBS)

MORNING

     6:00
SUNRISE SEMESTER  -C- 

     6:30
SIEGFRIED—Children  -C- 

     7:00
CLANCY AND CARMEN  -C- 

     7:30
CLANCY AND WILLIE  -C- 

     8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children  -C- 

     9:00
‘MORNING  -C- 

     9:30
HILLBILLIES  -C- 

   10:00
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy  -C- 

   10:30
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial  -C- 

   11:00
WHERE THE HEART IS—Serial  -C- 

   11:25
LIVE TODAY—Religion  -C- 
         
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS  -C- 

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial  -C- 

     1:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING  -C- 

     1:30
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     2:00
SECRET STORM—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
GOMER PYLE, USMC—Comedy  -C- 

     3:30
LUCILLE BALL  -C- 

     4:00
MIKE DOUGLAS—Variety  -C- 
Guests: Jack Jones, David Schoenbrun, Sheila MacRae

     5:30
NEWS—Walter Cronkite  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
GET SMART  -C- 

     7:00
TIM CONWAY—Comedy  -C- 

     7:30
HOGAN’S HEROES—Comedy  -C- 

     8:00
MOVIE—Drama
“The Crooked Road” (English; 1964)

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:45
MERV GRIFFIN  -C- 
Guests: Imogene Coca, Jack Douglas and Reiko, Kaye Hart, Brother Theodore, Marcia Wallace

   12:15
NEWS  -C- 

   12:25
MOVIE—Drama
“Station Six—Sahara” (English-West German; 1962)



 5   KSTP (NBC)

MORNING

     6:30
MINNESOTA TODAY  -C- 

     7:00
TODAY  -C- 
Guests: David Rovik, Gene Shalit

     9:00
IT TAKES TWO—Game  -C- 
Guests: Bill Bixby, Gail Fisher, Jo Ann Pflug

     9:25
NEWS  -C- 

     9:30
CONCENTRATION—Game  -C- 

   10:00
SALE OF THE CENTURY—Game  -C- 

   10:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES—Game  -C- 
Guests: Abby Dalton, Nanette Fabray, Henry Gibson, Stu Gilliam, Harvey Korman, Suzanne Pleshette, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver

   11:00
JEOPARDY  -C- 
         
   11:30
WHO, WHAT OR WHERE—Game  -C- 

   11:55
NEWS—Kalber  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
DIAL 5—Variety  -C- 

   12:30
LINKLETTER  -C- 
Guests: Robert Stack, William Foster Hopkins

     1:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial  -C- 

     1:30
DOCTORS  -C- 

     2:00
ANOTHER WORLD/BAY CITY—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
BRIGHT PROMISE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
ANOTHER WORLD/SOMERSET—Serial  -C- 

     3:30
MOVIE—Drama  -C- 
“Moby Dick” (1956)

     5:30
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
HIGH CHAPARRAL  -C- 

     7:30
NAME OF THE GAME  -C- 

     9:00
BRACKEN’S WORLD  -C- 

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
JOHNNY CARSON—Variety  -C- 
Guest: Melba Moore

   12:00
DAVID FROST  -C- 
Guests: Hugh Downs, Yousuf Karsh, Beverly Sills, Gerri Granger



 6   WDSM (DULUTH) (NBC)

MORNING

     7:00
TODAY  -C- 
Guests: David Rovik, Gene Shalit

     9:00
IT TAKES TWO—Game  -C- 
Guests: Bill Bixby, Gail Fisher, Jo Ann Pflug

     9:25
NEWS  -C- 

     9:30
CONCENTRATION—Game  -C-  

   10:00
SALE OF THE CENTURY—Game  -C- 

   10:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES—Game  -C- 
Guests: Abby Dalton, Nanette Fabray, Henry Gibson, Stu Gilliam, Harvey Korman, Suzanne Pleshette, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver

   11:00
JEOPARDY  -C- 
         
   11:30
WHO, WHAT OR WHERE—Game  -C- 

   11:55
NEWS—Kalber  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
BRIGHT PROMISE—Serial  -C- 

   12:30
LINKLETTER  -C- 
Guests: Robert Stack, William Foster Hopkins

     1:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial  -C- 

     1:30
DOCTORS  -C- 

     2:00
ANOTHER WORLD/BAY CITY—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
GALLOPING GOURMET  -C- 

     3:00
ANOTHER WORLD/SOMERSET—Serial  -C- 

     3:30
POTLUCK—Game  -C- 

     4:00
MR. TOOT—Children  -C- 

     5:00
HE SAID! SHE SAID!—Game  -C- 
Guests: the Marty Brills, the Don DeFores, Allen Ludden and Betty White, the Jack Klugmans

     5:30
NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley  -C- 

     6:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

     7:00
BASEBALL  -C- 
Joined in progress. Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

     9:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
JOHNNY CARSON—Variety  -C- 
Guest: Melba Moore



 6   KAAL (AUSTIN) (ABC)

MORNING

     9:00
TOWN AND COUNTRY  -C- 

     9:30
BIBLE STORIES—Children  -C- 

   10:00
BEWITCHED  -C- 

   10:30
THAT GIRL  -C- 

   11:00
BEST OF EVERYTHING—Serial  -C- 
         
   11:30
WORLD APART  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
ALL MY CHILDREN—Serial  -C- 

   12:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL—Game  -C- 

     1:00
NEWLYWEDS  -C- 

     1:30
DATING GAME  -C- 

     2:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
ONE LIFE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
DARK SHADOWS  -C- 

     3:30
MOVIE—Western
“Fort Ti” (1953)

     5:00
NEWS—Frank Reynolds, Howard K. Smith  -C- 

     5:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
NBA PLAY-OFFS  -C- 
Special Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks, Game 7

     9:00
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE—Comedy  -C- 

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
DICK CAVETT  -C- 
Scheduled: Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.)

   12:00
MOVIE—Western
“Lust for Gold” (1949)




 7   KCMT (ALEX) (NBC, ABC)

MORNING

     7:00
TODAY  -C- 
Guests: David Rovik, Gene Shalit

     9:00
IT TAKES TWO—Game  -C- 
Guests: Bill Bixby, Gail Fisher, Jo Ann Pflug

     9:25
NEWS  -C- 

     9:30
CONCENTRATION—Game  -C- 

   10:00
SALE OF THE CENTURY—Game  -C- 

   10:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES—Game  -C- 
Guests: Abby Dalton, Nanette Fabray, Henry Gibson, Stu Gilliam, Harvey Korman, Suzanne Pleshette, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver

   11:00
JEOPARDY  -C- 
         
   11:30
WHO, WHAT OR WHERE—Game  -C- 

   11:55
NEWS—Kalber  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS  -C- 

   12:20
LIVESTOCK REPORT  -C- 

   12:30
LINKLETTER  -C- 
Guests: Robert Stack, William Foster Hopkins

     1:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial  -C- 

     1:30
DOCTORS  -C- 

     2:00
ANOTHER WORLD/BAY CITY—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
BRIGHT PROMISE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
ANOTHER WORLD/SOMERSET—Serial  -C- 

     3:30
WELCOME INN—Variety  -C- 

     4:15
CHILDREN’S SHOW

     4:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy 

     5:00
TO BE ANNOUNCED

     5:30
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

     6:40
BASEBALL  -C- 
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

     9:30
LAWRENCE WELK  -C- 
Time approximate. Joined in progress.

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
JOHNNY CARSON—Variety  -C- 
Guest: Melba Moore

   12:00
MOVIE—Melodrama
“Black Friday” (1940)



 8   WDSE (DULUTH) (NET)

AFTERNOON

     4:15
FRIENDLY GIANT--Children

     4:30
SESAME STREET  -C- 
Guest: B.B. King

     5:30
MISTEROGERS—Children  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
FRENCH CHEF

     6:30
EFFICIENT READING  -C- 

     7:00
CONTINENTAL COMMENT

     7:30
UNDERWAY FOR PEACE  -C- 

     8:00
YOUR WORLD THIS WEEK

     8:30
BIG PICTURE—Report  -C- 

     9:00
RED CHINA IN THE 70s

     9:30
FOLIO—U. of Minnesota

   10:00
NET PLAYHOUSE—Drama



 9   KMSP (ABC)

MORNING

     7:30
NEWS AND VIEWS—Smith  -C- 

     8:00
DENNIS THE MENACE—Comedy

     8:30
GRANDPA KEN—Children  -C- 

     9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Children  -C- 

     9:30
PEYTON PLACE—Serial

   10:00
BEWITCHED  -C- 

   10:30
THAT GIRL  -C- 

   11:00
BEST OF EVERYTHING—Serial  -C- 
         
   11:30
WORLD APART  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
ALL MY CHILDREN—Serial  -C- 

   12:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL—Game  -C- 

     1:00
NEWLYWEDS  -C- 

     1:30
DATING GAME  -C- 

     2:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
ONE LIFE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
DARK SHADOWS  -C- 

     3:30
STEVE ALLEN—Variety  -C- 
Guests: Roger C. Carmel, Jerry Shane, Stefanianna Christopherson, Talya Ferro

     5:00
NEWS—Frank Reynolds, Howard K. Smith  -C- 

     5:30
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Game  -C- 
Panel: Orson Bean, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer

EVENING

     6:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES  -C- 

     6:30
NBA PLAY-OFFS  -C- 
Special Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks, Game 7

     9:00
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE—Comedy  -C- 

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama  -C- 
“Battle Cry” (1955)



10  KROC (ROCHESTER) (NBC)

MORNING

     7:00
TODAY  -C- 
Guests: David Rovik, Gene Shalit

     9:00
IT TAKES TWO—Game  -C- 
Guests: Bill Bixby, Gail Fisher, Jo Ann Pflug

     9:25
NEWS C

     9:30
CONCENTRATION—Game  -C- 

   10:00
SALE OF THE CENTURY—Game  -C- 

   10:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES—Game  -C- 
Guests: Abby Dalton, Nanette Fabray, Henry Gibson, Stu Gilliam, Harvey Korman, Suzanne Pleshette, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver

   11:00
JEOPARDY  -C- 
         
   11:30
WHO, WHAT OR WHERE—Game  -C- 

   11:55
NEWS—Kalber  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS  -C- 

   12:20
MEMOS FROM MARY  -C- 

   12:30
LINKLETTER  -C- 
Guests: Robert Stack, William Foster Hopkins

     1:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial  -C- 

     1:30
DOCTORS  -C- 

     2:00
ANOTHER WORLD/BAY CITY—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
BRIGHT PROMISE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
ANOTHER WORLD/SOMERSET—Serial  -C- 

     3:30
FOREIGN LEGIONNARIES

     4:00
FLINTSTONES—Children  -C- 

     4:30
PERRY MASON—Crime Drama

     5:30
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:40
BASEBALL  -C- 
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

     9:30
BRACKEN’S WORLD  -C- 
Time approximate. Joined in progress.

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
JOHNNY CARSON—Variety  -C- 
Guest: Melba Moore



10  WDIO (DULUTH) (ABC)

MORNING

     8:30
CARTOON CARNIVAL  -C- 

     9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Children  -C- 

     9:30
JACK LaLANNE  -C- 

   10:00
BEWITCHED  -C- 

   10:30
THAT GIRL  -C- 

   11:00
BEST OF EVERYTHING—Serial  -C- 
         
   11:30
WORLD APART  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
ALL MY CHILDREN—Serial  -C- 

   12:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL—Game  -C- 

     1:00
NEWLYWEDS  -C- 

     1:30
DATING GAME  -C- 

     2:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
ONE LIFE—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
DARK SHADOWS  -C- 

     3:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

     4:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Something for the Birds” (1952)

     5:30
NEWS—Frank Reynolds, Howard K. Smith  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
NBA PLAY-OFFS  -C- 
Special Los Angeles Lakers vs. New York Knicks, Game 7

     9:00
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE—Comedy  -C- 

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:35
MOVIE—Double Feature  -C- 
1. “White Witch Doctor” (Drama; 1953)
2. “A Bucket of Blood” (Comedy; 1959)
[Second feature is not in color.]



11  WTCN (IND.)

MORNING

     6:30
NEWS  -C- 

     7:00
CASEY AND ROUNDHOUSE  -C- 

     8:00
DAVE LEE—Children  -C- 

     8:30
HOBO KELLY—Children  -C- 

     9:00
NEWS  -C- 

     9:30
JACK LaLANNE  -C- 

   10:00
DEBBIE DRAKE—Exercise  -C- 

   10:30
JOAN RIVERS—Variety  -C- 
Guests: Betsy Palmer, Paul Rubenstein

   11:00
GIRL TALK—Discussion  -C- 
Guests: Eloise Laws, Louise Moritz
         
   11:30
GALOPING GOURMET  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY  -C- 

     1:00
MOVIE—Adventure
“Ride the High Wind” (1966)

     2:30
FASHIONS IN SEWING  -C- 

     3:00
HE SAID! SHE SAID!—Game  -C- 
Guests: Alan Alda, Shelley Berman, Art James and Gene Rayburn

     3:30
MOVIE GAME  -C- 
Panelists: Jim Backus, Susan Oliver, Ross Martin, Shelley Morrison

     4:00
ADDAMS FAMILY—Comedy

     4:30
FLINTSTONES—Children  -C- 

     5:00
STAR TREK—Adventure  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
TO BE ANNOUNCED

     6:15
HARMON KILLEBREW  -C- 

     6:25
HALSEY HALL  -C- 

     6:40
BASEBALL  -C- 
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

     9:40
FRANK BUETEL  -C- 
Time approximate.

     9:50
SCOREBOARD  -C- 
Time approximate.

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama
“Paris Underground” (1945)

   12:30
MOVIE—Drama
“Basketball Fix” (1951)

     2:20
NEWS  -C- 



12  KEYC (MANKATO) (CBS)

MORNING

     7:00
NEWS—Benti  -C- 

     8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children  -C- 

     9:00
JACK LaLANNE  -C- 

     9:30
HILLBILLIES  -C- 

   10:00
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy  -C- 

   10:30
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial  -C- 

   11:00
WHERE THE HEART IS—Serial  -C- 

   11:25
NEWS—Edwards  -C- 
         
   11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial  -C- 

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS  -C- 

   12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial  -C- 

     1:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING  -C- 

     1:30
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     2:00
SECRET STORM—Serial  -C- 

     2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial  -C- 

     3:00
GOMER PYLE, USMC—Comedy  -C- 

     3:30
AFTERNOON SHOW—Pasek  -C- 

     4:20
BART’S CLUBHOUSE  -C- 

     4:45
LUCILLE BALL  -C- 

     5:15
OUTLOOK  -C- 

     5:30
NEWS—Walter Cronkite  -C- 

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS  -C- 

     6:30
GET SMART  -C- 

     7:00
TIM CONWAY—Comedy   -C- 

     7:30
HOGAN’S HEROES—Comedy  -C- 

     8:00
MOVIE—Drama
“The Crooked Road” (English; 1964)

   10:00
NEWS  -C- 

   10:30
MERV GRIFFIN  -C- 
Guests: Imogene Coca, Jack Douglas and Reiko, Kaye Hart, Brother Theodore, Marcia Wallace

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  1. Thanks for choosing this date for your weekly highlight, and I hope you had a happy 10th birthday back then. You've helped clear up a point of confusion that I've had for awhile in my research on BRADY BUNCH reruns, for which I've used both TV GUIDE and local newspaper listing archives. TV GUIDE and local newspapers (which I consulted to double-check TV GUIDE) had ABC rerunning "Mike's Horror-Scope", which was one of the weirdest and maybe worst episodes of the series, both May 8 & July 17. I was confused why ABC did this until you pointed out here that ABC wiped out most of its programming on May 8 due to Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs, so it rescheduled this episode for July 17. Unfortunately ABC denied any summer rerun at all for "Is There a Doctor in the House", which was a fun episode that featured both the past Henry Mitchell from DENNIS THE MENACE (Herbert Anderson) and the future Mrs. C of HAPPY DAYS (Marion Ross) as the kids' 2 (he for the boys, she for the girls) doctors.

    I see that you have Jo Ann Pflug listed as a celebrity on IT TAKES TWO, which had celebrity couples create averages for audience contestants to guess which average was the closest. She likely appeared with her future husband Chuck Woolery, who was not as well-known as she was at the time, as this was 5 years before the premiere of WHEEL OF FORTUNE. I haven't heard of anything new that Jo Ann Pflug has done since Markie Post replaced her on THE FALL GUY some 30+ years ago.

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    1. I wonder which city's residents she was playing for...
      (that was the format...remotes from different NBC affiliates. The only episode out there to be seen had its audience in New Orleans)

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  2. That NBA game that you made reference to, Mitchell, was Game 7 of the NBA Championship series, now known simply as the NBA Finals. This was one of, if not, the greatest NBA finals game 7's in NBA history. The backstory to the game is that Willis Reed, the Knicks, center had suffered a deep thigh injury (torn muscle)in game 5. This injury kept him out of game 6 as the Knicks lost. Before the game 7, there was speculation whether or not Willis Reed would start or even play game 7. Willis was give some shots of hydrocortisone just before the game. Willis then enters the playing court to a standing ovation before tip-off. When the game was played, Willis made his first two shots of the game, which would be his only points of the game. But it didn't matter, fueled by the play of Walt "Clyde" Fraizer, scoring 36 points, 19 rebounds, the Knicks handily defeated the Lakers 113-99.

    Some things about the game. Doing play-by-play was Chris Shenckel, who was then known tho New Yorkers in the '50s and '60s as the voice of the NY Giants football team, he would get greater fame for Hosting the Professional Bowlers Tour on ABC. Jack Twyman who did color on the game, was the former forward for the Rochester/Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings). He became the legal guardian to his teammate Maurice Stokes after Stokes had become paralyzed during a game. Twyman took care of Stokes until his death in 1970. For a good film about both Twyman and Stokes in recommend the 1973 film Maurie (AKA Big MO) featuring the Late Bernie Casey as Stokes and Bo Svenson as Twyman. Interviewing the Knicks in the dressing room after the game was none other than Howard Cosell. Cosell was brought in to give the game an added gravitas. Cosell was actually humbled by the play of Reed telling him "You exemplify the very best that the human spirit can offer."

    A couple of other things. If I recall correctly, this game was blacked out to the New York City market, it was aired after EYEWITNESS NEWS on WABC-TV channel 7 at 11:30 pm. Likely what happened was that Channel 7 had to air a film in place of the game to protect the Knicks gate reciepts, some thing that no network would even allow these days. Watching the game you will notice that it was far than flashy. Graphics were few, no annoying sound effects, announcers complemented the action rather than detract from it, and rap would not be heard for at least another decade or so. Also there was no showboating, everybody played their game and played it well. This is the type of game I wish the NBA could return to.



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  3. I presume that "Newlyweds" on ABC at 1 P.M. Central was actually the long-running "Newlywed Game".

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  4. A "big three" network affiliate in a major market (KMSP Channel 9) only running a half-hour late local news and no midday or early-evening newscasts?

    (I presume "News And Views" at 7:30 A.M. was more of a public-affairs program than a "straight" newscast)

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  5. When you're the ABC affiliate, you may not have the resources for much news coverage.

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  6. Here's what Mr. Hadley missed in this blog:
    8 WKBT (LaCrosse) (CBS)
    Morning
    6:20 MARKETS
    6:30 SUNRISE SEMEMTER C
    7:00 NE#S-Joseph Benti C
    8:00 CAPTAIN KANGAROO-Children C
    9:00 LUCILLE BALL C
    9:30 HILLBILLES C
    10:00 ANDY GRIFFITH-Comedy C
    10:30 LOVE OF LIFE-Serial C
    11:00 WHERE THE HEART IS C
    11:25 NEWS-Edwards C
    11:30 SEARCH FOR TOMORROW-Serial C
    Afternoon
    12:00 NOONTIME C
    12:30 AS THE WORLD TURNS-Serial C
    1:00 LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING C
    1:30 GUIDING LIGHT-Serial C
    2:00 SECRET STORM-Serial C
    2:30 EDGE OF NIGHT-Serial C
    3:00 GOMER PYLE, USMC-Comedy C
    3:30 PERRY MASON-Mstery
    4:30 MIKE DOUGLAS-Variety C
    Guests: Jack Jones, David Schoenbram, Sheila MacRae
    5:30 NEWS-Walter Cronkite C
    Evening
    6:00 NEWS C
    6:30 GET SMART C
    7:00 TIM CONWAY-Comedy C
    7:30 HOGAN'S HEROES-Comedy C
    8:00 MOVIE-Drama
    "The Crooked Road" (English; 1964)
    10:00 NEWS C
    10:30 MERV GRIFFIN C
    Guests: Imogene Coca, Jack Douglas and Reiko, Kaye Hart, Brother
    Theodore, Marcia Wallace

    13 WEAU (Eau Claire) (NBC)
    Morning
    6:30 TO BE ANNOUNCED
    7:00 TODAY C
    Guests: David Rovik, Gene Shalit
    9:00 IT TAKES TWO-Game C
    Guests: Bill Bixby, Gail Fisher, Jo Ann Pflug
    9:25 NEWS C
    9:30 CONCENTRATION-Game C
    10:00 SALE OF THE CENTURY-Game C
    10:30 HOLLYWOOD SQUARES-Game C
    Guests: Abby Dalton, Nanette Fabray, Henry Gibson, Stu Gillium, Harvey
    Korman, Suzanne Pleshette, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver
    11:00 JEOPARDY C
    11:30 WHO, WHAT OR WHERE-Game C
    11:55 NEWS-Kalber C
    Afternoon
    12:00 FARM AND HOME SHOW C
    12:30 LINKLETTER C
    Guests: Robert Stack, Willaim Foster Hopkins
    1:00 DAYS OF OUR LIVES-Serial C
    1:30 DOCTORS C
    2:00 ANOTHER WORLD/BAY CITY-Serial C
    2:30 BRIGHT PROMISE-Serial C
    3:00 ANOTHER WORLD/SOMERSET-Serial C
    3:30 TO BE ANNOUNCED
    4:30 JAMBOREE-Variety C
    5:30 NEWS-Chet Huntley, David Brinkley C
    Evening
    6:00 NEWS C
    6:30 HIGH CHAPARRAL C
    7:30 NAME OF THE GAME C
    9:00 BRACKEN'S WORLD C
    10:00 NEWS C
    10:30 JOHNNY CARSON-Variety C
    Guest: Melba Moore

    And, a new kid on the block:
    19 WXOW (La Crosse) (ABC)
    Morning
    7:30 SESAME STREET
    8:30 NEA
    9:00 THEY SAID C
    9:30 IN TOWN TODAY C
    10:00 BEWITCHED C
    10:30 THAT GIRL C
    11:00 BEST OF EVERYTHING-Serial C
    11:30 WORLD APART C
    Afternoon
    12:00 ALL MY CHILDREN-Serial C
    12:30 LET'S MAKE A DEAL-Game C
    1:00 NEWLYWED GAME C
    1:30 DATING GAME C
    2:00 GENERAL HOSPITAL-Serial C
    2:30 ONE LIFE-Serial C
    3:00 DARK SHADOWS C
    3:30 GALLOPING GOURMET C
    4:00 RAWHIDE-Western
    5:00 NEWS-Frank Reynolds, Howard K. Smith C
    5:30 F TROOP-Comedy C
    Evening
    6:00 NEWS C
    6:30 NBA PLAY-OFFS C
    Special: Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks, Game 7
    9:00 LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE-Comedy C
    10:00 NEWS C
    10:30 MOVIE-Melodrama
    "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944)

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  7. Not sure if that was the movie WXOW showed that night, but I felt I play around a bit.

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