October 29, 2018

What's on TV? Thursday, November 1, 1956

This is one of the older issues in the collection, and it gives us a good look at how TV Guide has changed just as much as how television itself has changed. There are still a good number of local shows, a lot of 15-minute programs (a carryover from radio days), and as I mentioned on Saturday, preemption and rescheduling are everywhere. Even with all the political talks today, though, I think you can still find some of your favorites from this Minnesota State Edition, that includes some stations in North Dakota, something we don't see much of in our later issues.




 3  KDAL (Duluth) (CBS)

MORNING

     7:00
Good Morning!—Rogers

     8:00
Captain Kangaroo—Kids

     9:00
Garry Moore—Variety

     9:30
Arthur Godfrey—Variety

   10:30
Strike It Rich—Quiz

   11:00
Valliant Lady—Serial

   11:15
Love of Life—Serial
       
   11:30
Search for Tomorrow

   11:45
Guiding Light—Serial

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS

   12:05
Hollywood Playhouse

   12:10
Stand Up and Be Counted

   12:30
As the World Turns—Serial

     1:00
NEWS

     1:05
Marian Key Show

     1:45
Linkletter’s House Party

     2:00
The Big Payoff—Quiz   COLOR 

     2:30
Bob Crosby—Music

     3:00
Brighter Day—Serial

     3:15
Secret Storm—Serial

     3:30
Edge of Night—Serial

     4:00
His Honor Homer Bell—Comedy

     4:30
Mr. Tolliver’s Travels

     5:00
Mickey Mouse Club

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS

     6:10
Weather Desk—Paymar

     6:15
Political Talk—Republican

     6:30
Rin Tin Tin—Adventure

     7:00
BOB CUMMINGS SHOW—Comedy

     7:30
SHOWER OF STARS—Variety   RETURN   COLOR 
Guests: Jack Benny, Bob Crosby, Nanette Fabray, Johnnie Ray, Mary Costa

     8:25
Political Talk—Republican

     8:30
PLAYHOUSE 90
“The Country Husband”

     9:55
POLITICAL TALK—Democratic

   10:00
NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER

   10:15
MOVIE—Drama
“It’s a Pleasure” (1945)



 4  WCCO (CBS)

MORNING

     6:40
Tele-Farmer

     7:00
Good Morning!—Rogers

     7:25
NEWS and Weather

     7:30
Good Morning!—Rogers

     7:55
NEWS, Weather—McCuen

     8:00
Captain Kangaroo—Kids

     8:25
NEWS and Weather

     8:30
Captain Kangaroo—Kids

     8:55
NEWS, Weather—McCuen

     9:00
Garry Moore—Variety

     9:30
Arthur Godfrey—Variety

   10:30
Strike It Rich—Quiz

   11:00
Valliant Lady—Serial

   11:15
Love of Life—Serial
       
   11:30
Search for Tomorrow

   11:45
Guiding Light—Serial

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS

   12:15
Take Five With Cedric Adams

   12:20
Weather—Bud Kraehling

   12:30
As the World Turns—Serial

     1:00
Our Miss Brooks—Comedy

     1:30
Linkletter’s House Party

     2:00
The Big Payoff—Quiz   COLOR 

     2:30
Bob Crosby—Music

     3:00
Brighter Day—Serial

     3:15
Secret Storm—Serial

     3:30
Edge of Night—Serial

     4:00
Around the Town—Haeberle

     4:30
Axel and Dog—Clellan Card

     5:00
Roy Rogers—Western

     5:45
Political Talk—Democratic
Robbie for Congress

     5:50
Les Pal and Mary Ford

     5:55
Weather, NEWS, SPORTS

EVENING

     6:15
Political Talk—Republican

     6:30
Sgt. Preston—Adventure

     7:00
BOB CUMMINGS SHOW—Comedy

     7:30
SHOWER OF STARS—Variety   RETURN   COLOR 
Guests: Jack Benny, Bob Crosby, Nanette Fabray, Johnnie Ray, Mary Costa

     8:25
Political Talk—Republican

     8:30
PLAYHOUSE 90
“The Country Husband”

   10:00
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE

   10:30
NEWS—Rollie Johnson

   10:40
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

   10:45
FOOTBALL FORECASTS—Frank Leahy

   11:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Four Faces West.” (1948)



 4  KXJB (Fargo) (CBS)

MORNING

     9:45
Video Varieties

   10:00
Arthur Godfrey—Variety

   10:30
Strike It Rich—Quiz

   11:00
Valliant Lady—Serial

   11:15
To Be Announced
       
   11:30
Search for Tomorrow

   11:45
To Be Announced

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS and Markets

   12:15
Down to Earth

   12:30
As the World Turns—Serial

     1:00
Little Theater

     1:30
Open House with Marlys

     2:00
The Big Payoff—Quiz   COLOR 

     2:30
Bob Crosby—Music

     3:00
Brighter Day—Serial

     3:15
Secret Storm—Serial

     3:30
Edge of Night—Serial

     4:00
Community Billboard—Olson

     4:30
Flight 57

EVENING

     6:00
TV NEWSROOM

     6:15
NEWS

     6:30
Cisco Kid—Western

     7:00
BOB CUMMINGS SHOW—Comedy

     7:30
SHOWER OF STARS—Variety   RETURN   COLOR 
Guests: Jack Benny, Bob Crosby, Nanette Fabray, Johnnie Ray, Mary Costa

     8:30
PLAYHOUSE 90
“The Country Husband”

   10:00
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

   10:30
PANORAMA



 5  KSTP (NBC)

MORNING

     6:15
FARM NEWS—Cal Karnstedt

     6:30
Billy Folger—Music

     7:00
Today—Dave Garroway

     7:25
NEWS and Weather

     7:30
Today—Dave Garroway

     7:55
NEWS—George Grim

     8:00
Today—Garroway

     8:25
NEWS and Weather

     8:30
Today—Dave Garroway

     8:55
NEWS—Grim

     9:00
Ding Dong School

     9:30
T. N. Tatters—Kids

   10:00
Home—Women
Guest: Clinton Rossiter

   11:00
Tic Tac Dough—Quiz
       
   11:30
It Could Be You

AFTERNOON

   12:00
NEWS

   12:15
Weather—Johnny Morris

   12:20
Main Street—Music

     1:00
Treasure Chest—Quiz

     1:30
Tennessee Ernie

     2:00
Matinee Theater
“George Has a Birthday”

     3:00
Queen for a Day

     3:45
Modern Romances

     4:00
I Married Joan

     4:30
Time for Comedy

     5:00
T. N. Tatters—Side Show

     5:30
Captain Daryl—Kids

     5:45
Political TalkDemocratic

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS

     6:15
You Should Know—Quiz

     6:30
Dinah Shore—Songs

     6:45
NEWS CARAVAN

     7:00
GROUCHO MARX

     7:30
DRAGNET—Webb

     8:00
PEOPLE’S CHOICE—Comedy

     8:30
POLITICAL TALK—Republican
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

     9:00
LUX VIDEO THEATRE   COLOR 
“You Can’t Escape Forever”

     9:55
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

   10:00
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

   10:30
CITY DETECTIVE—Police

   11:00
TONIGHT—Steve Allen



 6  WSDM (Duluth) (NBC)

MORNING

     7:00
Today—Dave Garroway

     9:00
Ding Dong School

     9:30
Bandstand—Music

   10:00
Home—Women
Guest: Clinton Rossiter

   11:00
Tic Tac Dough—Quiz
       
   11:30
It Could Be You

AFTERNOON

   12:00
Hollywood Playhouse

   12:30
On Camera

     1:00
Afternoon—Woman’s Show

     1:30
Tennessee Ernie

     2:00
Matinee Theater
“George Has a Birthday”

     3:00
Queen for a Day

     3:45
Modern Romances

     4:00
I Married Joan

     4:30
Captain “Q” and Popeye

EVENING

     6:00
Cisco Kid—Western

     6:30
NEWS, Weather

     6:45
NEWS CARAVAN

     7:00
GROUCHO MARX

     7:30
DRAGNET—Webb

     8:00
STUDIO 57—Drama

     8:30
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY

     9:00
LUX VIDEO THEATRE   COLOR 
“You Can’t Escape Forever”

     9:55
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

   10:00
NEWS, WEATHER

   10:15
TREASURE HUNT—Quiz

   10:45
SPORTS—Payton

   10:50
TAKE TEN

   11:00
TONIGHT—Steve Allen

In case you had any doubts, the sponsor of Studio 57 was Heinz 57. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, it was one of the last series to air on DuMont before the network went belly-up; after that, it was in syndication. Fun fact: the pilot for Leave It to Beaver aired on Studio 57, appropriately enough, in 1957.  


 6  WDAY (Fargo) (NBC, ABC)

MORNING

   11:00
Hollywood Playhouse
       
   11:30
Around the World

   11:45
RFD No. 6

AFTERNOON

   12:00
Noonday

     1:00
Party Line

     1:30
Tennessee Ernie

     2:00
Matinee Theater
“George Has a Birthday”

     3:00
Queen for a Day

     3:45
Modern Romances

     4:00
I Married Joan

     4:30
Buffalo Bill, Jr.—Western

     5:00
Gene Autry—Western

     5:30
Superman—Adventure

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS, SPORTS

     6:15
Political Talk—Republican

     6:30
Lone Ranger—Western

     7:00
GROUCHO MARX

     7:30
DRAGNET—Webb

     8:00
SHERIFF OF COCHISE—Western

     8:30
POLITICAL TALK—Republican
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

     9:00
LUX VIDEO THEATRE   COLOR 
“You Can’t Escape Forever”

     9:55
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

   10:00
NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER

   10:30
POLITICAL TALK
Dr. Hocking for Congress

   10:45
POLITICAL TALK—Democratic

   10:50
MOVIE—Drama
“Bored to Death.” (1947)

There is no truth to the rumor that "You Can't Escape Forever," the episode on Lux Video Theatre, and Bored to Death, the 10:50 p.m. movie, both have to do with the plethora of political talks on TV this week. Although I do remember an election night a few years ago with one of the movie channels, TCM I think, had the movie Bullets or Ballots. So who knows?


 9  KMGM (Ind.)

AFTERNOON

     4:00
Doorway to Adventure

     4:30
Mr. and Mrs. North—Mystery

     5:00
MOVIE—Western
“Buffalo Stampede.”

EVENING

     6:00
MOVIE—Western
“In Old Missouri.” (1940)

     7:25
POLLY PREDICTS—Weather

     7:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

     8:00
BOXING—St. Nick’s Arena
Earl Dennis vs. Garrett (Sugar) Hart

     9:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Algiers.” (1938)

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama
Nightcap Theater: “The Fighter.” (1952)

If I understand all these things correctly, Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena aired on DuMont until August 1956—practically the final programming on the network. However, this isn't August; it's November. The footnote is that WABD, the DuMont affiliate in New York, continued to broadcast the fights after DuMont crashed. Ergo, my suspicion that those local broadcasts were syndicated to stations around the country, including KMGM.


11 WTCN (ABC)

MORNING

     9:00
Tele-Story

     9:30
J. P. Patches—Kids

   10:00
Romper Room—Kids

   11:00
Beulah—Comedy
       
   11:30
Cash and Carry—Don Doty

   11:55
NEWS—Paul Sevareid

AFTERNOON

   12:00
Casey Jones—Rog Awsumb

   12:30
MOVIE—Drama
Midday Matinee: “Peck’s Bad Boy.” (1934)

     1:55
NEWS—Paul Sevareid

     2:00
Political Talk—Democratic

     2:05
Afternoon Film Festival
“One Jump Ahead.” (English; 1955)

     2:55
Political Talk

     3:30
Beulah—Comedy

     4:00
Cartoon Carnival—Kids

     5:00
Mickey Mouse Club

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS

     6:10
Weatherbird—Doty

     6:15
NEWS

     6:30
Lone Ranger—Western

     7:00
CIRCUS TIME—Paul Winchell

     8:00
WIRE SERVICE—Drama

     9:00
OZARK JUBILEE—Variety

     9:30
DICK POWELL—Drama

   10:00
MOVIE—Crime
Early Movie: 1. “Deadly Game.” (English; 1954) 2. “Ghost Ship.”

   11:30
NEWS—Seifert



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4 comments:

  1. "Playhouse 90" was "Playhouse 85" this week!

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  2. I think Camel (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in 12956; five nights a week a few years prior to that) and Plymouth (Tuesdays and Thursdays) probably stopped sponsoring NBC's nightly newscast when John Cameron Swayze was removed from it in October of 1956.

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think the network may in the beginning have just called it "NBC News", but if they did, that title didn't last very long.

    Huntley and Brinkley began to take off in the ratings in the fall of 1957, after NBC moved their newscast back to either 6:45 or 7:15 P.M. Eastern time (5:45 or 6:15 Central); with affiliates having the option of taking either feed.

    For their first year, Chet and David had to compete against entertainment shows on ABC and CBS (at one time, Douglas Edwards' "CBS Evening News" aired from 7:30-7:45 Eastern; but in the fall of 1955, CBS likewise moved the news to either 6:45 and 7:15 Eastern, depending on the station).

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  3. Perhaps the syndicators of "Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena" had the bouts air live in New York and flew kinescope recordings to other stations taking the show for broadcast later that week.

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  4. Kinda wish they had kept the Fargo stations, then there would've been two station on channel 4 (KXJB and WCCO), two on channel 11 (KTHI and WTCN) and THREE on channel 6 (KMMT, WDAY and WDSM), although one bullet would have to be shaded. Of course, North Dakota would get its' own TV Guide edition a few years later.

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