October 1, 2018

What's on TV? Wednesday, October 4, 1961

Today's listings include the opening game of the 1961 World Series. As you'll notice, it's not only played in the daytime, it begins at 11:00 a.m. CT. The official boxscore shows the start time in New York as being 1:00 p.m., which leads me to believe we're having one of those Daylight Saving Time moments again. Of course, for me the highlight would have been the premiere of The Alvin Show, except for the fact that I was only seventeen months old at the time. The listings are from the Twin Cities, but you probably expected that by now.




 2  KTCA (Educ.)

    MORNING   

    9:00
SCIENCE—Grade 7

    9:35
SCIENCE—Grade 7

  10:00
SINGING TOGETHER—Grade 3

  10:20
GERMAN—Grade 5

  10:35
SCIENCE—Grade 7

  11:00
YA HABLAMOS ESPANOL

  11:15
BRITISH CALENDAR

  11:30
INTRODUCTORY MATH—Ruchte

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
SCIENCE—Grade 7

    1:00
SCIENCE—Grade 7

    1:30
YA HABALAMOS ESPANOL

    1:45
KOMM, LACH UND LERNE

    2:00
SCIENCE—Grade 7

    2:30
HEALTH—Grade 1

    3:00
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS D

    3:30
NEW HORIZONS—Education

    4:00
TEACHER’S PREVIEW—Level I

    4:15
TEACHER’S PREVIEW—Level II

     EVENING    

    6:00
INTRODUCTORY MATH—Ruchte

    6:30
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS   DEBUT 

    7:00
LOOKING AT ART—Bryan

    7:30
INQUIRY—Discussion

    8:00
AREA STUDY—Middle East

    8:30
IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA

    9:00
FOLIO—Arnold Walker

  10:00
COLLOQUY—Education

  10:30
BACKGROUND—Dr. Ziebarth

  10:40
WESTERN WAY—Niel Snortum

Governor Elmer L. Andersen is one of the guests on Folio (his name in the listings is mistakenly spelled "son" instead of "sen"), not to be confused with C. Elmer Anderson, who was governor from 1951-55. It is Minnesota, after all. At least it's not as bad as "Roughriders" and "Rough Riders."


 4  WCCO (CBS)

    MORNING   

    6:30
COLLEGE OF THE AIR
The New Biology: "Origin of the Solar System and Earth"

    7:00
FLYING SAUCER—Siegfried

    7:55
FARM NEWS AND MARKETS

    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
VIDEO VILLAGE—Monty Hall

  10:30
YOUR SURPRISE PACKAGE

  10:55
NEWS—Harry Reasoner

  11:00
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial

  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

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS—Drama

    2:55
NEWS—Charles Collingwood

    3:00
BRIGHTER DAY—Serial

    3:15
SECRET STORM—Serial

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN—Haeberle

    4:30
BOZO THE CLOWN—Children

    4:40
AXEL AND DOG—Clellan Card

    5:00
QUICK DRAW McGRAW—Cartoons

    5:30
CLANCY THE COP—Children

    5:55
MR. MAGOO—Cartoon

     EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    6:10
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

    6:15
NEWS—Douglas Edwards

    6:30
ALVIN—Cartoon   DEBUT 

    7:00
FATHER KNOWS BEST—Comedy

    7:30
CHECKMATE—Mystery

    8:30
MRS. G. GOES TO COLLEGE   DEBUT 

    9:00
U.S. STEEL HOUR—Drama
“Brandenburg Gate”

  10:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS—Dick Enroth

  10:30
MIAMI UNDERCOVER—Mystery

  11:00
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

  11:05
MOVIE—Drama
“Never Love a Stranger” (1958)

"Brandenburg Gate," tonight's episode of the U.S. Steel Hour, takes us back to a time when said gate was the border between East and West Berlin, at a time just after the Berlin Wall went up. For the first few days, the Wall was just barbed wire until a more permanent structure could be constructed. The illustration for the episode depicts barbed wire in front of the Gate, which could be how things were when this episode was written. Richard Kiley and Dina Merrill star, with Barry Morse as Lieutenant Gerard—just kidding there, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was part of East German security.


 5  KSTP (NBC)

    MORNING   

    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM   COLOR 
Modern Algebra: "Axioms for Multiplications"

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM   COLOR 
American Government: "The Frontier in a Space Culture"

    7:00
TODAY—John Chancellor
Guest: Lester Granger

    9:00
SAY WHEN—Art James   COLOR 

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH—Merv Griffin   COLOR 

  10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Cullen   COLOR 

  10:30
WORLD SERIES SPOTLIGHT   SPECIAL 

  10:45
WORLD SERIES—Baseball   SPECIAL   COLOR 
Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees, Game 1

  AFTERNOON 

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE—Serial

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS—Serial

    3:00
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    3:30
HERE’S HOLLYWOOD—Interview
Guest: Rod Steiger

    3:55
NEWS—Sander Vanocur

    4:00
TOPPER—Comedy

    4:30
KUKLA AND OLLIE—Tillstrom

    4:35
T.N. TATTERS—Children

    5:15
MAN FROM COCHISE—Police

    5:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley   COLOR 

     EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Bob Ryan

    6:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

    6:30
WAGON TRAIN—Western   COLOR 

    7:30
JOEY BISHOP—Comedy   COLOR 

    8:00
PERRY COMO—Variety   RETURN   COLOR 
Guests: Buddy Hackett, Fran Jeffries, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle

    9:00
THEATER 62—Drama   SPECIAL   COLOR 
“The Spiral Staircase”

  10:00
NEWS—John MacDougall

  10:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

  10:20
SPORTS—Dick Nesbitt

  10:30
JACK PAAR—Variety   COLOR 

  12:00
NEWS AND SPORTS—Krupp

In Game 1 of the World Series, the Yankees take the Reds 2-0 in a tidy two hours and eleven minutes. I'd say that today, that would get you to about the middle of the sixth inning. Whitey Ford pitched a neat two-hit shutout, his third consecutive World Series shutout. He'd extend that record in the fourth game, going five shutout innings before suffering an ankle injury. The Yanks take the Series in five.


 9  KMSP (ABC)

    MORNING   

    7:55
CHAPEL OF THE AIR—Religion

    8:00
BREAKFAST WITH CAP’N KEN

    8:30
OUR MISS BROOKS—Comedy

    9:00
JACK LA LANNE—Exercise

    9:30
MOVIE—Musical Comedy
“Ever Since Venus” (1944)

  11:00
TEXAN—Western

  11:30
LOVE THAT BOB!—Comedy

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
CAMOUFLAGE—Don Morrow

  12:30
MAKE A FACE—Bob Clayton

    1:00
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    1:25
NEWS—Alex Dreier

    1:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    2:00
NUMBER PLEASE—Bud Collyer

    2:30
SEVEN KEYS—Jack Narz

    3:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY—Bailey

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST?—Carson

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND—Clark
Guest: Freddie Cannon

    4:50
AMERICAN NEWSSTAND—Sharp

    5:00
LOONEY TUNERS CLUB—Children

    5:40
NEWS—Bob Allard

    5:45
NEWS

     EVENING    

    6:00
TRACKDOWN

    6:30
STEVE ALLEN—Comedy
Guests: Pat Kirby, Davis and Reese

    7:30
TOP CAT—Cartoon

    8:00
HAWAIIAN EYE—Mystery

    9:00
NAKED CITY—Police

  10:00
NEWS—Bob Allard

  10:15
WEATHER—Jere Smith

  10:20
SPORTS—Tony Parker

  10:30
VIKING FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS

  11:30
MAN WITHOUT A GUN—Western

  12:00
SAN FRANCISCO BEAT—Police

I've commented before on the irony of a Western called Man Without a Gun—the gunless man in this case is a newspaper editor. We know that the pen is mightier than the sword, but is it mightier than a gun? 


11 WTCN (Ind.)

    MORNING   

    9:45
CARTOON CARNIVAL—Children

  10:00
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

  10:15
ROMPER ROOM—Miss Betty

  11:15
BURNS AND ALLEN—Comedy

  11:45
NEWS—Jack Huston

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY—Children

    1:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Accent on Youth” (1935)

    2:30
DR. HUDSON’S JOURNAL

    3:00
LIFE OF RILEY—Comedy

    3:30
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy

    4:00
POPEYE AND PETE—Dave Lee

    4:45
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

    5:00
SUPERMAN—Adventure

    5:30
DICK TRACY—Cartoon

    5:45
NEWS—Jack Huston

     EVENING    

    6:00
TROUBLESHOOTERS—Adventure

    6:30
BILLY GRAHAM—Religion   SPECIAL 

    7:30
MOVIE—Mystery
“The Searching Wind” (1946)

    9:30
NEWS—Jack Huston

    9:45
WEATHER—Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS—Buetel, Horner

  10:00
M SQUAD—Police

  10:30
MOVIE—Drama
Theater 11: “Dust Be My Destiny” (1939)

  12:30
NEWS AND WEATHER

Robert Young stars in Father Knows Best at 7:00 p.m. on CBS, and if you're a Young fan, you'll want to switch over to Channel 11 immediately afterward to catch him in a quite different role, that of an American diplomat who fails to see the threat of fascism, in the 1946 film The Searching WindTV  

4 comments:

  1. How interesting to see these listings, and the way programming used to be. I didn't grow up in this era, yet I recognize several I've enjoyed over the years in reruns, like I Love Lucy & Father Knows Best,

    The way the news is broken up is also quite different from today, with a mystery program between the sports and an encore of the weather for 5 minutes at 11pm. I wish they did that now! That would be great! :)

    Thanks for this fascinating look back!
    Blessings, Net

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  2. I love that the "Origin of the Solar System and Earth" is covered in half an hour.

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    1. I've never seen College of the Air, but I'd assume it's something like Sunrise Semester, which means the overall topic would have run for a series of weeks. Still, it does seem like a big topic to deal with in a short period of time.

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  3. Odds & Ends:

    - Noting that Channel is bypassing CBS's morning "infotainment" show Calendar, which started on Monday.
    The anchors were Harry Reasoner and actress Mary Fickett, who had just gotten back from a short stay in Hollywood.
    Calendar was done live at 10am (9 central), and ran for about a year.
    I remember one Friday morning when Harry Reasoner asked Mary Fickett about her performance on the previous night's episode of The Untouchables, a rerun from the previous season (if memory serves, they had a clip, showing Fickett somewhat the worse for wear at the hands of either Albert Salmi or Carroll O'Connor).
    Mary Fickett, far better groomed than she was on Untouchables, took the questioning with good grace; after Calendar folded, she returned in more-or-less triumph to soaps.

    - Steve Allen's ABC show has just started up, so I don't know if he's brought on Tom (soon to be Tim) Conway yet.
    Meanwhile, Bob Newhart's NBC sketch show doesn't begin until next week (they really used to spread out the premieres back then).

    - Shortly I'll be going to the Old DVD Wall to look up this week's Checkmate, the second season premiere.
    Ralph Bellamy is the Governor, who hires Checkmate Inc. for "protection", which he apparently needs from his campaign manager, Chester Morris. Sounds like fun …

    - On Joey Bishop's sitcom, which is in his "family" mode this year, Joey tries to get help for his mother (Madge Blake, pre-Batman) from a Dear Abby-type advice columnist (Barbara Stanwyck - really).

    - At 9, NBC has a live production of The Spiral Staircase, with Gig Young and Elizabeth Montgomery (who were married at the time).

    - Oh, in case you're wondering why CBS is carrying reruns of Father Knows Best on Wednesdays, even as Robert Young is trying to get his new series up and running on Mondays -
    -that's the bright idea of the Scott Paper company, which sponsored both shows; they didn't want to lose any possible audience, or something like that.
    It probably seemed like a good idea at the time …
    Anyway, it backfired big-time; both shows went down, and Scott (which had equity in FKB) had to place the older show on ABC daytime.

    - Back to the DVD Wall for a sec:
    On Friday night, Target: The Corruptors has a fun hour about a super-rich business guy who wants to become Governor (Wendell Corey), but ends up having a falling-out with the Mob boss who's backing him (Lawrence Dobkin).
    The episode's title: "Mr. Megalomania".
    I'll leave it to you to guess which of these two the title refers to.


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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!