March 4, 2019

What's on TV? Friday, March 12, 1965

Here we are back in the Twin Cities for another week, and it's another week where we have the opportunity to take a closer look at Twin Cities television history. Most of these figures I've been mentioning the last few weeks were familiar faces to me growing up; it's nice to not only relive the things I remember from back then, but to find out new facts about them as well. Let's go ahead and see what the rest of the week is like.




 2  KTCA (Educ.)

Morning

    9:15
SPANISH—Grade 4

    9:30
GERMAN—Grade 5

    9:45
PORTFOLIO—Grades 11-12

  10:10
FILM FEATURE

  10:25
MODERN MATH—Grade 6

  11:20
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  11:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

Afternoon

  12:55
MUSIC—Grade 4

    1:10
FILM FEATURE

    1:25
SPANISH—Grade 4

    1:40
GERMAN—Grade 4

    1:55
CONTINENTAL COMMENT

    2:25
GERMAN—Grade 6

    2:40
SPANISH—Grade 6
Ch. 2 leaves the air until 5:15 P.M.

    5:15
FUN AT 5:15—Smith, Sirois

    5:30
KINDERGARTEN—Education

Evening

    6:00
ANTIQUES—Art

    6:30
CIVIL DEFENSE COURSE

    7:00
INQUIRY—Discussion

    7:30
IRISH DIARY—McKiernan

    8:00
SO THAT THEY MAY HEAR

    8:30
AREA STUDY OF AFRICA

    9:00
AMERICAN INDIANS

  10:00
AMERICANS AT WORK

  10:15
INDUSTRY ON PARADE

  10:30
MENTAL HEALTH—Interview

A Civil Defense Course at 6:30 p.m.—that reminds us that we're in the middle of the Cold War, doesn't it?


 4  WCCO (CBS)

Morning

    6:30
SUNRISE SEMESTER—Education
Russian Literature in Translation

    7:00
AXEL AND DEPUTY DAWG

    7:30
CLANCY AND COMPANY

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children

    9:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    9:15
WHAT’S NEW?—Women

    9:25
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:30
TUG-O-WAR—Game

  10:00
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy

  10:30
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—Dean Montgomery

  12:15
SOMETHING SPECIAL

  12:25
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
PASSWORD—Game
Guests: Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY—Art Linkletter

    2:00
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Panel
Panelists: Shari Lewis, Sam Levenson, Florence Henderson, Barry Nelson

    2:25
NEWS—Douglas Edwards

    2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    3:00
SECRET STORM—Serial

    3:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

    4:00
MOVIE—Adventure
“Francis in the Haunted House” (1956)

    5:30
NEWS—Walter Cronkite

Evening

    6:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

    6:15
SPORTS—Don Dahl

    6:20
DIRECTION—Dr. R. Gornitzka

    6:25
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

    6:30
RAWHIDE—Western

    7:30
ON BROADWAY TONIGHT
Guests: Teri Thornton, Jackie Mason, Frank Gorshin

    8:30
GOMER PYLE, USMC—Comedy

    9:00
SLATTERY’S PEOPLE—Drama

  10:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS—Hal Scott

  10:30
MOVIE—Science Fiction
“It Came from Outer Space” (1953)

  12:00
SPORTS—Hal Scott

  12:10
MOVIE—Comedy
“Mother Didn’t Tell Me” (1950)

Dr. A. Reuben Gornitzka, of the religion program Direction at 6:20 p.m., was senior pastor at Minneapolis' Central Lutheran Church. He was no stranger to television; he also broadcast weekday messages on WCCO radio and on KSTP, and hosted a weekend interview program on KSTP. 


 5  KSTP (NBC)

Morning

    6:30
CITY AND COUNTRY   COLOR 

    7:00
TODAY
Guest: Sally Carrighar
News in color at 7:25 and 8:25 A.M.

    9:00
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    9:30
WHAT’S THIS SONG?—Game   COLOR 
Celebrities: Angie Dickinson, Vin Scully

    9:25
NEWS—Edwin Newman

  10:00
CONCENTRATION—Game

  10:30
JEOPARDY—Game   COLOR 

  11:00
SAY WHEN!—Game

  11:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES—Game

  11:45
NEWS—Ray Scherer

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS—MacDougall   COLOR 

  12:15
WEATHER—Morris   COLOR 

  12:20
DIALING FOR DOLLARS—Game   COLOR 

  12:30
LET’S MAKE A DEAL   COLOR 

  12:55
NEWS—Floyd Kalber

    1:00
MOMENT OF TRUTH—Serial

    1:30
DOCTORS—Serial

    2:00
ANOTHER WORLD—Serial

    2:30
YOU DON’T SAY!—Game   COLOR 
Celebrities: Jack Palance, Lola Albright

    3:00
MATCH GAME
Guests: Peggy Cass, Chester Morris

    3:25
NEWS

    3:30
DIALING FOR DOLLARS—Game   COLOR 

    4:30
LLOYD THAXTON—Variety
Guest: The Temptations

    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
INTERNATIONAL SHOWTIME

    7:30
BOB HOPE—Comedy   COLOR 
“In Any Language”

    8:30
JACK BENNY—Comedy

    9:00
JACK PAAR—Variety   COLOR 
Guests: Peggy Lee, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Senior Wences

  10:00
NEWS—MacDougall   COLOR 

  10:15
WEATHER—Morris   COLOR 

  10:20
SPORTS—Al Tighe   COLOR 

  10:30
JOHNNY CARSON   COLOR 

  12:15
MOVIE—Melodrama
“Cat Girl” (1957)

Dialing for Dollars, which as this ad points out was "more than a 'woman's show'," was hosted at this point by Jane Johnston; she was preceded and succeeded by Jim Hutton (not that Jim Hutton). Did you have Dialing for Dollars in your market?


 9  KMSP (ABC)

Morning

    7:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    8:00
BREAKFAST—Grandpa Ken

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Miss Betty

  10:00
ERNIE FORD—Variety
Guests: Denny Zeitlin Trio

  10:30
PRICE IS RIGHT—Game
Celebrity: Dorothy Lamour

  11:00
DONNA REED—Comedy

  11:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST—Comedy

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS—Fahan

  12:15
LOIS LEPPART—Interview

    1:00
FLAME IN THE WIND—Serial

    1:30
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    1:55
NEWS—Marlene Sanders

    2:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL--Serial

    2:30
YOUNG MARRIEDS—Serial

    3:00
TRAILMASTER—Western

    4:00
DATE WITH DINO—Teen-agers

    4:30
DOBIE GILLS—Comedy

    5:00
NEWS—Peter Jennings

    5:15
NEWS—Don Riley

    5:25
WEATHER—Jerry Smith

    5:30
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER—Comedy

Evening

    6:00
WOODY WOODPECKER

    6:30
FLINTSTONES—Cartoon   COLOR 

    7:00
FARMER’S DAUGHTER—Comedy

    7:30
ADDAMS FAMILY—Comedy

    8:00
VALENTINE’S DAY—Comedy

    8:30
DEATH VALLEY DAYS—Drama   COLOR 

    9:00
12 O’CLOCK HIGH—Drama

  10:00
NEWS—Bill Fahan

  10:15
WEATHER—Jerry Smith

  10:20
SPORTS—Tony Parker

  10:30
MOVIE—Drama   COLOR 
“Torch Song” (1953)

  12:15
NIGHTLIFE—Variety
Time approximate.

Did every market have some kind of teenage dance show back in the '60s? In the Twin Cities, the show was A Date with Dino, which started in the fall of 1964 and went daily in January, 1965. "Dino" is actually George Murphy, a local radio DJ. You can read more about the history of Twin Cities dance shows here.


11 WTCN (Ind.)

Morning

  10:00
NEWS

  10:15
HANK MEADOWS—Foods

  10:30
MOVIE—Mystery
“The Glass Key” (1935)

  11:45
NEWS—Dick Ford

Afternoon

  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY—Children

  12:45
KING AND ODIE—Cartoon

    1:00
MOVIE—Mystery
“Scandal Sheet” (1952)

    3:00
BACHELOR FATHER—Comedy

    3:30
DAVE LEE AND PETE—Children

    4:30
MAGILLA GORILLA—Cartoons

    5:00
CASEY AND ROUNDHOUSE

    5:15
ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

    5:30
SEA HUNT—Adventure

Evening

    6:00
RIFLEMAN—Western

    6:30
BOLD JOURNEY—Travel

    7:00
WILD CARGO—Travel

    7:30
HAVE GUN—WILL TRAVEL

    8:00
MOVIE—Adventure
“Morgan the Pirate” (Italian-French; 1960)

    9:30
NEWS—Dick Ford

    9:45
WEATHER—Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS—Frank Buetel

  10:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Darby’s Rangers” (1958)

  12:00
COMMERCIAL—Music

  12:15
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy
Time approximate.


Dave Lee, the host of Dave Lee and Pete (the title was actually Popeye and Pete), was popular in the Twin Cities throughout the 1950s and '60s. Lee was a puppeteer, and "Pete" was Pete the Penguin, probably the most famous of his creations. I remember Pete's gimmick was always pulling the ponytails of the girls in the audience; Lee's obituary from 2011 mentions that Pete also pulled on the ties of the boys. Ties—that alone tells you how the times have changed. TV  

5 comments:

  1. 100% Off-Topic, but I thought I'd throw it in:

    Elsewhere, I've mentioned Peter S. Fischer, who's spending his (involuntary) retirement from television writing putting out a series of novels known as The Hollywood Murder Mysteries.
    These are the stories of Joe Bernardi, a movie publicist trying to turn novelist/screenwriter.
    Starting in 1947, Bernardi is called upon in his publicist role to troubleshoot on movie productions that are plagued by scandals and troubles - which sometimes lead to Murder.
    Each novel is set in a specific year, and finds Joe involved with a well-known production of that year.
    Many mystery novelists work this street these days; Fischer is building an ongoing saga of Hollywood, mixing real figures with his own creations, to entertaining effect.
    Fischer's up to twenty-two novels now.
    Back at Number Fourteen, Dead Men Pay No Debts, we were in 1960, at the making of Murder, Inc., where Joe Bernardi first meets a young actor who gets an Oscar nomination for an early appearance here.
    In Number Fifteen, this same young actor figures in Apple Annie And The Dude, while appearing in Pocketful Of Miracles in 1961 - for which he received another Oscar nomination.
    Fast-forward now to 1968 and Number Twenty-Two, titled The Man In The Raincoat; care to guess what - and who - this one's about?
    Of course I'm referring to Peter Falk, whom Peter Fischer knew and wrote for in days gone by.
    I haven't read this one yet - in fact I only took delivery on the book a few days ago.
    But I trust Fischer to come up with a good story (he has for years in all media).
    Should you decide to check this out, The Hollywood Murder Mysteries are available on Amazon; they're self-published trade paperbacks, reasonably priced.
    This is an unsolicited testimonial.

    ReplyDelete
  2. "A Civil Defense Course at 6:30 p.m.—that reminds us that we're in the middle of the Cold War, doesn't it?" Interesting comment, Mitchell, once you look at the Sunrise Semester topic on WCCO immediately following KTCA's listings...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nice to see one of my favorites, "12 O'Clock High" on Friday nights in its first season with the solid acting of Robert Lansing. The decision to make this well-written show more "youth friendly" (my 12 year old friends and I disagreed with that strategy) by dropping the General in favor of Paul Burke and an early Monday evening time slot simply ruined the show. Ironically, the lead, Paul Burke, was actually a couple of years older than Lansing. So much for the mid-60's youth movement for a World War II drama...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Got a kick out of the 3:30PM listing for WCCO-TV: "I Love Luch"...no wonder it was a comedy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yeah, I wondered why I never heard of that show again. Fixed.

      Delete

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!