January 28, 2019

What's on TV? Wednesday, January 29, 1964

As I mentioned on Saturday, this is probably my favorite TV Guide, and I feel as if I know most of the programs in this issue intimately, so many times have I read it over the years. Long before I got into the collecting and writing business, I found in this issue a fascination with the television of my time and yet before my time, and I really think that it's been the most influential factor in developing my habits of viewership and study. Whether or not that's a good thing is for you to decide, I suppose. Although the Saturday review was a repeat from a few years ago, today's listings, which come from the Minneapolis-St. Paul edition, are brand new. Let's get to it!



 2  KTCA (Educ.)

Morning

    8:55
FRENCH—Grade 4

    9:10
SPANISH—Grade 4

    9:30
SPANISH—Grade 5

    9:45
PORTFOLIO—Grade 11

  10:40
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  11:00
PORTFOLIO—Grade 11

  11:25
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  11:45
KINDERGARTEN—Marron

Afternoon

  12:15
PSYCHOLOGY—McKinney

    1:00
SPANISH—Grade 4

    1:20
SPANISH—Grade 5

    1:35
GERMAN—Grade 4

    1:50
SCIENCE—Grade 3

    2:20
GERMAN—Grade 6

    2:35
SPANISH—Grade 6

    2:50
EXPLORING SCIENCE—Grade 6

    3:00
PHARMACOLOGY—Education

    3:45
SPANISH—Preview

    5:30
KINDERGARTEN—Marron

Evening

    6:00
TO BE ANNOUNCED

    6:30
GENERAL SCIENCE—Fischbeck

    7:00
INQUIRY—Discussion

    7:30
CONTINENTIAL COMMENT

    8:00
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

    8:30
MACALESTER COLLEGE   DEBUT 

    9:00
SEE THE WEST—Mather

    9:30
WORD POWER—James Brown

  10:00
PROFILE—History

  10:30
AMERICAN IDEALS

I know I've said this before, but this seems the ideal of what educational television was supposed to be all about. Mostly local programming, a sprinkling of national shows (although I don't know that any of tonight's shows fit that description), and evening programming that can prove educational for adults.


 4  WCCO (CBS)

Morning

    6:30
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD

    7:00
SIEGFRIED, AXEL, CLANCY

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children

    9:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    9:15
WHAT’S NEW?—Women

    9:25
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

  10:00
McCOYS—Comedy

  11:00
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  11:25
NEWS—Robert Trout

  11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

  11:45
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  12:15
SOMETHING SPECIAL

  12:25
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
PASSWORD—Allen Ludden
Celebrities: Georgia Brown, Jack Jones

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY—Art Linkletter

    2:00
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Panel
Panelists: Joan Fontaine, George Grizzard, Jan Murray, Phyllis Newman

    2:25
NEWS—Douglas Edwards

    2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    3:00
SECRET STORM—Serial

    3:30
BEST OF GROUCHO—Quiz

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN—Harvey

    4:30
AXEL AND DEPUTY DAWG

    5:00
CLANCY AND COMPANY

    5:30
NEWS—Walter Cronkite

Evening

    6:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    6:15
SPORTS—Don Dahl

    6:20
SPOTLIGHT—George Rice

    6:25
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

    6:30
CHRONICLE—Documentary

    7:00
WCCO REPORTS—Documentary

    7:30
TELL IT TO THE CAMERA

    8:00
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES—Comedy

    8:30
DICK VAN DYKE—Comedy

    9:00
DANNY KAYE—Variety
Guest: Diahann Carroll

  10:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS—Hal Scott

  10:30
DRAGNET—Police

  11:00
STEVE ALLEN—Variety

  12:30
MOVIE—Western
“Bitter Creek” (1954)
News follows the movie.

The 10:00 news features WCCO's epic lineup: the legendary Dave Moore with the news, beloved Bud Kraehling with weather, and Ray Scott's brother Hal with the sports. This trio was the gold standard throughout my youth in the Twin Cities.


 5  KSTP (NBC)

Morning

    6:30
CITY AND COUNTRY

    7:00
TODAY—Hugh Downs
Guest: Ethel Ennis

    9:00
SAY WHEN—Art James

    9:25
NEWS—Edwin Newman

    9:30
WORD FOR WORD   COLOR 

  10:00
MISSING LINKS—Ed McMahon   COLOR 
Panelists: Shari Lewis, Tom Poston, Daryl Hickman

  11:00
FIRST IMPRESSION   COLOR 

  11:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES   COLOR 

  11:55
NEWS—Ray Scherer

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS—MacDougall   COLOR 

  12:15
WEATHER—Morris   COLOR 

  12:25
WOMAN’S WORLD   COLOR 

  12:30
TREASURE CHEST   COLOR 

    1:00
LET’S MAKE A DEAL   COLOR 

    1:25
NEWS—Floyd Kalber

    1:30
DOCTORS—Drama

    2:00
LORETTA YOUNG—Drama

    2:30
YOU DON’T SAY!—Tom Kennedy   COLOR 
Guests: Arlene Dahl, Barry Sullivan

    3:00
MATCH GAME—Gene Rayburn
Celebrities: Jane Withers, Don Ameche

    3:25
NEWS—Sander Vanocur

    3:30
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    4:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Once upon a Time” (1944)

    5:25
DOCTOR’S HOUSE CALL—Fox

    5:30
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

Evening

    6:00
NEWS—Bob Ryan   COLOR 

    6:15
WEATHER—Morris   COLOR 

    6:25
SPORTS—Al Tighe   COLOR 

    6:30
VIRGINIAN—Western   COLOR 

    8:00
ESPIONAGE—Drama

    9:00
ELEVENTH HOUR—Drama

  10:00
NEWS—MacDougall   COLOR 

  10:15
WEATHER—Morris   COLOR 

  10:20
SPORTS—Al Tighe   COLOR 

  10:30
JOHNNY CARSON   COLOR 

  12:00
NEWS AND SPORTS   COLOR 

Because of this issue, I became fascinated with the psychiatrist series The Eleventh Hour, which tonight features Robert Ryan as a veteran politician using every trick in the book to stop a pork barrel spending bill. Presumably, someone is trying to claim he's not competent. Unfortunately, only the first season of The Eleventh Hour is out on DVD, and this is a second-season episode. But without my interest in this, I might not have checked out Breaking Point and The Human Jungle, both of which are superior to the average medical drama.


 9  KMSP (ABC)

Morning

    7:40
CHAPEL OF THE AIR—Religion

    7:45
BREAKFAST—Grandpa Ken

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Miss Betty

    9:55
NEWS—Lois Leppart

  10:00
OBJECT IS—Dick Clark
Celebrities: Darren McGavin, Terry-Thomas, Ruta Lee

  11:00
SEVEN KEYS—Jack Narz

  11:30
PEOPLE’S CHOICE—Comedy  

Afternoon

  12:00
ERNIE FORD—Variety
Guest: Don Cherry

  12:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST—Comedy

    1:00
LOIS LEPPART—Interview

    1:30
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    1:55
NEWS—Lisa Howard

    2:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial

    2:30
QUEEN FOR A DAY—Bailey

    3:00
TRAILMASTER—Western

    4:00
SUGARFOOT—Western

    5:00
NEWS—Bob Allard

    5:15
NEWS—Ron Cochran

    5:30
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER—Comedy

Evening

    6:00
DOBIE GILLIS—Comedy

    6:30
OZZIE AND HARRIET—Comedy

    7:00
PATTY DUKE—Comedy

    7:30
FARMER’S DAUGHTER—Comedy

    8:00
BEN CASEY—Drama

    9:00
WINTER OLYMPICS   SPECIAL 
“Channing” is pre-empted.

  10:00
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

  10:30
DETECTIVE—Police

  11:30
TARGET: CORRUPTORS—Drama

  12:30
NEWS

  12:35
SEN. EUGENE McCARTHY

On this opening day of the Winter Olympics, ABC devotes its hour of coverage to highlights of the Opening Ceremonies, along with previews of key events and competitors. Interestingly, later in the year NBC will cover the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics live via satellite from Tokyo.


11 WTCN (Ind.)

Morning

  10:45
KUKLA AND OLLIE—Children

  11:00
EN FRANCE—Language

  11:30
DATELINE: MINNESOTA

  11:55
TRICKS FOR TREATS—Meadows

Afternoon

  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY—Children

  12:45
KING AND ODIE—Cartoon

    1:00
MOVIE—Musical
“Birth of the Blues” (1941)

    2:45
LEE PHILLIP--Women

    3:00
DECEMBER BRIDE—Comedy

    3:30
ROBIN HOOD—Adventure

    4:00
BEETLE AND PETE—Dave Lee

    4:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB—Children

    5:00
SUPERMAN—Adventure

    5:30
LONE RANGER—Western

Evening

    6:00
WHIRLYBIRDS—Adventure

    6:30
BOLD JOURNEY—Travel

    7:00
EXPEDITION!—Documentary

    7:30
STONEY BURKE—Drama

    8:30
DESILU PLAYHOUSE—Drama

    9:30
NEWS—Dick Ford

    9:45
WEATHER—Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS—Buetel, Horner

  10:00
MOVIE—Mystery
“The Crimson Kimono” (1959)

  12:15
BURNS AND ALLEN—Comedy

Stoney Burke is Jack Lord's series before Hawaii Five-O, a single-season drama about a rodeo star on the national circuit. I have it on DVD; while I wouldn't rank it as highly as Five-O, I think it's pretty good. TV  

1 comment:

  1. Back then, most Winter Olympic events took place in the morning of early afternoon, so it was possible to tape them, edit them, feed the tape across Europe, re-record the edited footage in a mobile unit at an airport, immediately put the tape on a jet plane, fly it to New York, take it to another mobile unit with a videotape recorder, and play back the tape directly to ABC from the newly-renamed Kennedy Airport.

    Some evening events (mostly figure-skating) would take place at night; it's my understanding that ABC has access to the Relay 1 satellite for one twenty-minute "pass" each day (as stationary-orbit broadcast satellites were still a few months away), so they'd feed nighttime events via satellite to Andover, Maine, feed it to New York, record it again there and include such footage in that night's program.

    The Opening Ceremonies had taken place enough hours earlier that ABC could fly the tape across the Atlantic for same-day broadcast.

    The transport of tapes across the Atlantic was the major reason that most of ABC's prime-time Winter Olympic coverage in 1964 aired at 10 P.M. eastern time.

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