January 14, 2019

What's on TV? Wednesday, January 15, 1969

Here we are in Philadelphia, and while there's nothing on today that would occupy a place in television history, I like this lineup. Even though we're only a year from the start of the '70s, today's programming strikes me as being firmly rooted in the '60s, if that makes sense. Although there were listings for other cities in Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster), only the network listings were included; no percentage in including them. Anyway, see them for yourself.



 3  KYW (NBC)

Morning

    6:05
FARM MARKET REPORT

    6:10
NEWS

    6:15
COMMUNICATION IS

    6:45
FARM, HOME AND GARDEN   COLOR 

    6:55
TODAY IN PHILADELPHIA

    7:00
TODAY   COLOR 
Guests: Edward Tatum, Aline Sarrinen. tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

    9:00
CONTACT—Interview   COLOR 

  10:00
SNAP JUDGMENT   COLOR 
Guests: Shari Lewis, Joe Garagiola

  10:25
NEWS—Dickerson   COLOR 

  10:30
CONCENTRATION   COLOR 

  11:00
PERSONALITY—Game   COLOR 
Celebrities: Peter Lawford, Julie Newmar, George Hamilton, Pearl Bailey

  11:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES   COLOR 
Players: Kaye Ballard, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Donna Jean Young, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver, Abby Dalton

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS, WEATHER   COLOR 

  12:30
MIKE DOUGLAS   COLOR 

    2:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial   COLOR 

    2:30
DOCTORS—Serial   COLOR 

    3:00
ANOTHER WORLD   COLOR 

    3:30
YOU DON’T SAY!—Game   COLOR 
Guests: Marge Redmond, Brian Kelly

    4:00
MATCH GAME   COLOR 
Guests: Soupy Sales, Fannie Flagg

    4:30
MERV GRIFFIN   COLOR 
Guest: Karen Morrow

Evening

    6:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

    6:30
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley   COLOR 

    7:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

    7:30
VIRGINIAN—Western   COLOR 

    9:00
MUSIC HALL   COLOR 
Host: Jack Jones. Guests: Debbie Reynolds, Godfrey Cambridge, Johnny Cash

  10:00
BLUE MINORITY—Report   SPECIAL    COLOR 

  11:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

  11:30
JOHNNY CARSON   COLOR 

Blue Minority asks about "the function of the police in a democratic society," a particularly relevant question in the late '60—and today, for that matter. The documentary focuses on the Boston Police Department; I think that department has had a reputation for being both racist and corrupt, although I don't know if this program deals with it. 


 6  WFIL (ABC)

Morning

    6:30
OPERATION ALPHABET

    7:00
WORLD AROUND US   COLOR 

    8:00
POPEYE THEATER   COLOR 

    9:00
ON CAMERA   COLOR 

    9:25
PAUL HARVEY   COLOR 

    9:30
GREATEST SHOW—Drama   COLOR 

  10:25
CONNIE ROUSSIN

  10:30
DICK CAVETT   COLOR 
Guests: Agnes Moorehead, Mariene Shaw

Afternoon

  12:00
BEWITCHED—Comedy

  12:30
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK—Game   COLOR 

  12:55
CHILDREN’S DOCTOR   COLOR 

    1:00
DREAM HOUSE   COLOR 

    1:30
MAKE A DEAL   COLOR 

    2:00
TELEVISION KITCHEN   COLOR 

    2:30
DATING GAME   COLOR 

    3:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial   COLOR 

    3:30
JERRY’S PLACE   COLOR 

    4:00
DARK SHADOWS   COLOR 

    4:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

    5:00
STEVE ALLEN—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Leonard Nimoy, Charley Weaver, Henson Cargill, Alexis Linchine

Evening

    6:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

    6:30
NEWS—Frank Reynolds   COLOR 

    7:00
WHAT’S MY LINE—Game   COLOR 
Panelists: Soupy Sales, Peggy Cass, Bert Convy, Arlene Francis

    7:30
HERE COME THE BRIDES   COLOR 

    8:30
PEYTON PLACE—Serial   COLOR 

    9:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Compulsion” (1959)

  11:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

  11:30
JOEY BISHOP   COLOR 

    1:00
WESTERNERS—Drama

What a menagerie of programming: Here Come the Brides, Peyton Place, and the movie Compulsion. A little something for everyone, I guess.


 8  WGAL (LANCASTER) (NBC)

Morning

    7:00
TODAY   COLOR 
Guests: Edward Tatum, Aline Sarrinen. Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

    9:00
MIKE DOUGLAS—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Cliff Robertson, Gwen Verdon, London Lee

  10:00
SNAP JUDGMENT   COLOR 
Guests: Shari Lewis, Joe Garagiola

  10:25
NEWS—Dickerson   COLOR 

  10:30
CONCENTRATION   COLOR 

  11:00
PERSONALITY—Game   COLOR 
Celebrities: Peter Lawford, Julie Newmar, George Hamilton, Pearl Bailey

  11:30
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES   COLOR 
Players: Kaye Ballard, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Donna Jean Young, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver, Abby Dalton

Afternoon

  12:00
NOONDAY ON 8   COLOR 

  12:30
  12:55
EYE GUESS—Game   COLOR  
NEWS

    1:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game   COLOR 

    1:30
HIDDEN FACES   COLOR 

    2:00
DAYS OF OUR LIVES—Serial   COLOR 

    2:30
DOCTORS—Serial   COLOR 

    3:00
ANOTHER WORLD   COLOR 

    3:30
YOU DON’T SAY!—Game   COLOR 
Guests: Marge Redmond, Brian Kelly

    4:00
MATCH GAME   COLOR 
Guests: Soupy Sales, Fannie Flagg

    4:30
MERV GRIFFIN   COLOR 
Guest: Karen Morrow

Evening

    6:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

    6:30
NEWS—Chet Huntley, David Brinkley   COLOR 

    7:00
AMERICA!—Travel   COLOR 

    7:30
VIRGINIAN—Western   COLOR 

    9:00
MUSIC HALL   COLOR 
Host: Jack Jones. Guests: Debbie Reynolds, Godfrey Cambridge, Johnny Cash

  10:00
OUTSIDER—Crime Drama   COLOR 

  11:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

  11:30
JOHNNY CARSON   COLOR 

    1:00
NEWS

I'd never heard of Hidden Faces prior to this issue, and after looking at Wikipedia I now know why: this soaper was only on the air for six months before the plug was pulled. It was the first of NBC's efforts to replace Let's Make a Deal after the game show moved to ABC in a contract dispute. Based around a murder trial, it sounds like it would have been a much better fit in daytime than primetime.


10 WCAU (CBS)

Morning

    5:55
NEWS

    6:00
SUNRISE SEMESTER   COLOR 

    6:25
NEWS

    6:30
MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS—Dr. Charles Bassett   COLOR 

    7:00
MORNING REPORT

    7:05
NEWS—Joseph Benti   COLOR 

    7:30
GENE LONDON   COLOR 

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO   COLOR 

    9:00
PIXANNE—Children   COLOR 

    9:30
DENNIS THE MENACE—Comedy

  10:00
LUCILLE BALL   COLOR 

  10:30
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES   COLOR 

  11:00
ANDY GRIFFITH

  11:30
DICK VAN DYKE

Afternoon

  12:00
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial   COLOR 

  12:25
NEWS   COLOR 

  12:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW—Serial   COLOR 

    1:00
FARMER’S DAUGHTER   COLOR 

    1:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial   COLOR 

    2:00
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING   COLOR 

    2:30
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial   COLOR 

    3:00
SECRET STORM—Serial   COLOR 

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial   COLOR 

    4:00
ART LINKLETTER   COLOR 

    4:30
SEA HUNT—Adventure

    5:00
I SPY—Adventure   COLOR 

Evening

    6:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

    7:00
NEWS—Walter Cronkite   COLOR 

    7:30
DAKTARI   COLOR 
Last show of the series

    8:30
GOOD GUYS   COLOR 

    9:00
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES   COLOR 

    9:30
GREEN ACRES—Comedy   COLOR 

  10:00
HAWAII FIVE-O—Crime Drama   COLOR 

  11:00
NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS   COLOR 

  11:30
MOVIE—Comedy   COLOR 
“Son of Paleface”

    1:30
MOVIE—Western   COLOR 
“Apache Drums” (1951)

    3:00
NEWS

Farewell, Daktari. By the way, I wonder how much Son of Paleface contributed to Bob Hope's fortune?


12 WHYY (WILMINGTON) (NET)

Morning

    9:10
CLASSROOM
(9:10) Art; (9:30) World of Words; (10:05) Jr. High Science; (10:30) R for Rhythm; (10:50) Jr. High Math; (11:20) 4th Grade Spanish; (11:40) Sr. High Biology

Afternoon

  12:05
LET’S INVESTIGATE

  12:20
LOOKING AT CAREERS

  12:45
FRIENDLY GIANT

    1:00
CLASSROOM—Education
(1:00) Franklin to Frost; (1:30) French I; (1:50) French II; (2:30) French III; (2:30) Window Sill World

    2:45
ROUNDABOUT—Children

    3:00
CONCERT 12—Music

    4:00
ROUNDABOUT—Children

    4:15
MERLIN THE MAGICIAN

    4:30
SING HI—SING LOW—Music

    4:45
FRIENDLY GIANT—Children

    5:00
MISTEROGERS—Children

    5:30
WHAT’S NEW—Children

Evening

    6:00
FRENCH CHEF—Cooking

    6:30
ON GUARD—Instruction

    7:00
HIGH SCHOOL OF THE AIR

    7:30
FOLK GUITAR PLUS

    8:00
ACTORS COMPANY—Drama

    9:00
EASTER EUROPE—Discussion   COLOR 

  10:00
WEDNESDAY AT TEN   COLOR 

  10:30
BOOK BEAT—Interview
Guest: Norman Mailer

  11:00
LOCAL NEWS—Bill Hudson

Norman Mailer is on Book Beat plugging The Armies of the Night, his Pulitzer-winning "non-fiction novel" about the 1967 antiwar march on the Pentagon. 


17 WPHL (IND.)

Morning

  10:30
AT YOUR SERVICE   COLOR 

  11:00
JACK LA LANNE   COLOR 

  11:30
I LED THREE LIVES—Drama

Afternoon

  12:00
JEOPARDY   COLOR 

  12:30
EYE GUESS—Game   COLOR 

  12:55
NEWS—Newman   COLOR 

    1:00
ONE LIFE TO LIVE   COLOR 

    1:30
HIDDEN FACES   COLOR 

    2:00
DR. KILDARE—Drama

    3:00
CRUSADER RABBIT   COLOR 

    3:15
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS—Children   COLOR 

    3:30
PRINCE PLANET—Children

    4:00
JOHNNY CYPHER   COLOR 

    4:15
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS—Children   COLOR 

    4:30
MARINE BOY—Children   COLOR 

    5:00
EIGHTH MAN—Children

    5:30
SPEED RACER   COLOR 

Evening

    6:00
GILLIGAN’S ISLAND—Comedy   COLOR 

    6:30
TWILIGHT ZONE—Drama

    7:00
COLLEGE BASKETBALL   COLOR 
Pittsburgh vs. Temple at Philadelphia

    8:45
COLLEGE BASKETBALL   COLOR 
Villanova vs. Penn at Philadelphia

  10:30
M SQUAD—Police

  11:00
ONE STEP BEYOND—Drama

  11:30
MOVIE—Drama
“The Long Night” (1947)

A big basketball night, with three of Philadelphia's "Big 5" in action at the legendary Palestra. This doubleheader would be quite a treat.


29 WIBF (IND.)

Morning

  10:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

  11:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

  11:30
WOMAN’S VIEW—Stock Market

Afternoon

  12:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

    1:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

    2:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

    3:00
STOCK MARKET REPORT

    4:00
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    4:30
MATCHES AND MATES   COLOR 

    5:00
PDQ—Game   COLOR 

    5:30
F TROOP—Comedy

Evening

    6:00
BATMAN—Adventure   COLOR 

    6:30
LOST IN SPACE—Adventure

    7:30
HONEYMOONERS—Comedy

    8:00
MOVIE—Western
“Guns of Nevada” (Italian; 1967)

  10:00
RAWHIDE—Western

  11:00
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

The precursor to CNBC, perhaps?


48 WKBS (IND.)

Morning

  11:25
NEWS   COLOR 

  11:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB

Afternoon

  12:00
ROMPER ROOM   COLOR 

  12:30
CARTOONS—Children   COLOR 

    1:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Twelve O’clock High” (1949)
Interrupted for “Dialing for Dollars”

    3:00
KIMBA—Children   COLOR 

    3:30
HUCK AND YOGI   COLOR 

    4:00
SUPERMAN—Adventure

    4:30
LITTLE RASCALS—Comedy

    5:00
FLINTSTONES   COLOR 

    5:30
MUNSTERS—Comedy

Evening

    6:00
McHALE’S NAVY—Comedy

    6:30
PERRY MASON—Mystery

    7:30
PAY CARDS!—Game   COLOR 

    8:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game   COLOR 

    8:30
DONALD O’CONNOR—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: James Mason, Lee Grant, Dick Kallman, Colvin and Wilder, Jody Miller

  10:30
ALFRED HITCHCOCK—Drama

  11:00
OUTER LIMITS—Science Fiction

  12:00
NEWS   COLOR 


It occurs to me that while their schedules would fit right in with any of our retro-themed networks nowadays, these independent stations aren't showing "classic TV," at least not the way they would have thought of it. They're just showing the available shows of the time: their versions of Last Man Standing, King of Queens, Mike & Molly, Rules of Engagement. To them, The Outer Limits was no big deal; it had been on the network less than five years ago. It goes to show that everything is relative, and speaking of which: will there even be retro networks twenty years from now? And will people look back at those "classic" shows with the same affection that we do with ours? TV  

2 comments:

  1. I was a bit confused about how FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK could show up on 2 different stations in Philadelphia (6 & 17), so I pulled up this day's listings from the city's INQUIRER newspaper (then owned, like TVG, by Triangle Publications) from my newspapers.com subscription. According to that day's listings, 17 carried EYE GUESS (and JEOPARDY!), as 3 preempted these shows, and the soap HIDDEN FACES at 1:30 PM, to carry noon news and 90 mins of THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW (3 was the originating station for his show at the time). Either TVG or you had a typo here. FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK was a short-lived Heatter-Quigley game show, announced like most H-Q game shows by Kenny Williams, but this one hosted by Lloyd Thaxton. Mr. Williams announced just about every H-Q game show, and for a short period of time in 1976 he announced 4 H-Q game shows on all 3 major networks: HOLLYWOOD SQUARES & HIGH ROLLERS on NBC, GAMBIT on CBS, and HOT SEAT on ABC.

    HIDDEN FACES was hidden from Philly viewers, as no indie station picked it up, although 17 did carry ABC's ONE LIFE TO LIVE outside its regular time period, since 6 carried ABC's DREAM HOUSE against it. I guess ABC didn't have a problem w/ 2 of its own shows competing against each other, as long as they both attracted audiences.

    "The Blue Minority" is listed as a "Group W Special" in the INQUIRER, so it was probably produced by Group W's WBZ-TV out of Boston. 3 preempted NBC's THE OUTSIDER (carried on Lancaster's 8) to show this special.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's very interesting, now that I dig into it. Turns out TV Guide omitted an entire programming line on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.; I had to go to the other days of the week to find out that, missing from the Wednesday listing completely, was Eye Guess, airing at 12:30 on both Channels 8 and 17. It's on every other day of the week, so apparently it was just left off. I've since fixed it. Thanks for pointing it out!

      Delete

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!