March 18, 2019

What's on TV? Monday, March 20, 1961

I don't know how we came to have so many of these 1961 issues all at once, but here they are. You'll be glad to know that we'll be moving on to other years for awhile—or maybe you won't. I think it's always nice to have a little variety anyway. Stick around for next week and see what we get.




 2  KTCA (Educ.)

    MORNING   

    9:15
YA HABLAMOS ESPANOL

    9:30
PEOPLE ARE TAUGHT DIFFERENTLY—Discussion

  10:15
YA HABLAMOS ESPANOL

  10:30
ART—Grade 6

  11:00
YA HABLAMOS ESPANOL

  AFTERNOON 

    1:30
SINGING TOGETHER—Grade 5

    1:50
KOMM, LACH UND LERNE

    2:05
RED MYTH—Documentary

    2:30
EXPLORING NUMBERS—Gorr

    3:00
TEA AT THREE—Vivian Hoff

     EVENING    

    6:00
ADVENTURES OF DANNY DEE

    6:30
THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

    7:00
PROSPECTS OF MANKIND

    8:00
RUSSIAN AREA STUDY

    8:30
ST. THOMAS PRESENTS

    9:00
WORLD AFFAIRS—George Grim

    9:30
MUSIC—Arnold Walker

  10:00
GREAT BOOKS—Discussion

  10:30
BACKGROUND—Dr. Ziebarth

  10:40
VIRUS—Science

Ah, George Grim, host of World Affairs at 9:00 p.m. Around here, he was known more as a newspaperman, writing for nearly 40 years for the Minneapolis Star (the evening paper) and, later on, the Minneapolis Tribune (the morning paper). According to this, at one time or another he was on every one of the "big five" stations in the Twin Cities except for WTCN. 


 4  WCCO (CBS)

    MORNING   

    7:00
FLYING SAUCER—Siegfried

    8:00
NEWS—Richard C. Hottelet

    8:15
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Children

    9:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    9:10
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:20
WHAT’S NEW?—Arle Haberle

    9:30
VIDEO VILLAGE—Monty Hall

  10:00
DOUBLE EXPOSURE—Dunne

  10:30
YOUR SURPRISE PACKAGE

  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

  12:20
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    1:00
FACE THE FACTS—Red Rowe

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY—Art Linkletter

    2:00
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    2:30
VERDICT IS YOURS—Drama

    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

    5:00
AXEL AND DOG—Clellan Card

    5:30
CLANCY THE COP—Children

    5:55
SPORTS—Rollie Johnson

     EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    6:10
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

    6:15
NEWS—Douglas Edwards

    6:30
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Panel

    7:00
PETE AND GLADYS—Comedy

    7:30
BRINGING UP BUDDY—Comedy

    8:00
INGRID BERGMAN—Drama   SPECIAL 

    9:30
JUNE ALLYSON—Drama

  10:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS—Dick Enroth

  10:30
TIGHTROPE!—Police

  11:00
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

  11:05
MOVIE—Melodrama
“Crashout” (1955)

Arle Haberle's name pops up constantly in these early '60s issues. She was on WCCO both mornings and afternoons, doing What's New and Around the Town. They're the kind of shows you still have on local television, but now they're decked out more like infomercials. It was nice to have someone you could turn to on television who could tell you what was going on around your city.


 5  KSTP (NBC)

    MORNING   

    6:00
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM   COLOR 
Chemistry

    6:30
CONTINENTAL CLASSROOM   COLOR 
Probability and Statistics

    7:00
DAVE GARROWAY
Anniversary of publication of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
Local news at 7:25 and 8:25 A.M.

    9:00
SAY WHEN—Art James

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH—Merv Griffin   COLOR 

  10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT—Cullen   COLOR 

  10:30
CONCENTRATION—Hugh Downs

  11:00
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

  11:30
IT COULD BE YOU   COLOR 

  11:55
NEWS—Ray Scherer

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
NEWS—John MacDougall

  12:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

  12:20
TREASURE CHEST—Jim Hutton

    1:00
JAN MURRAY—Game   COLOR 

    1:30
LORETTA YOUNG—Drama

    2:00
YOUNG DR. MALONE—Serial

    2:30
FROM THESE ROOTS

    3:00
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    3:30
HERE’S HOLLYWOOD—Interview
Guests: Susan Strasberg, George Maharis

    4:00
TOPPER—Comedy

    4:30
T.N. TATTERS—Children

    5:15
CITY DETECTIVE—Police

    5:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

     EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Bob Ryan

    6:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

    6:30
AMERICANS—Drama

    7:30
WELLS FARGO—Western

    8:00
ACAPULCO—Adventure

    8:30
DANTE—Mystery

    9:00
BARBARA STANWYCK—Drama

    9:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

  10:00
NEWS—John MacDougall

  10:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

  10:20
SPORTS—Al Tighe

  10:30
JACK PAAR—Variety
Guest: Kaye Ballard

  12:00
NEWS—Roger Krupp

If my math is correct, Today is celebrating the 110th anniversary of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Why, I'm not sure, although perhaps the increasing attention paid to the civil rights struggle has something to do with it.


 9  KMSP (Ind.)

    MORNING   

    9:50
CHAPEL OF THE AIR—Religion

    9:55
NEWSBEAT—Tony Parker

  10:00
JACK LA LANNE—Exercises

  10:30
MOVIE—Drama
“Inside Job” (1946)

  11:30
I MARRIED JOAN—Comedy

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
KARTOONTIME—Children

  12:30
WILLY—Comedy

    1:00
FOLLOW THAT MAN—Mystery

    1:30
RACKET SQUAD—Police

    2:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Dr. Kildare’s Victory” (1941)

    4:00
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE—Comedy

    4:30
MR. ADAMS AND EVE—Comedy

    5:00
SUSIE—Comedy

    5:30
OUR MISS BROOKS—Comedy

     EVENING    

    6:00
LOONEY TUNERS CLUB—Children

    7:00
WRESTLING—Minneapolis

    8:00
MACKENZIE’S RAIDERS—Drama

    8:30
PLAY OF THE WEEK—Musical
“archy and mehitabel”

  10:35
NEWS—Paul Sevareid

  10:50
SPORTS—Tony Parker

  10:55
WEATHER—Jere Smith

  11:00
NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL

  11:30
OFFICIAL DETECTIVE—Sloane

For those of you who saw the Saturday listings I did last month, you'll remember that KMSP has wrestling on Saturday nights. Tonight's wrestling show at 7:00 p.m. consists of "taped highlights of one of last Saturday's action-packed matches." Their words, not mine.


11 WTCN (ABC)

    MORNING   

    7:55
FARM NEWS—Frank Seifert

    8:00
GOOD MORNING MINNESOTA!

    8:30
CARTOON CIRCUS—Children

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM—Miss Betty

    9:45
SHAPE UP—Louraine Larson

  10:15
WAYS WITH FOOD—Mrs. Meyer

  10:30
LIFE OF RILEY—Comedy

  11:00
MORNING COURT—Drama

  11:30
LOVE THAT BOB!—Comedy

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
CAMOUFLAGE—Don Morrow

  12:30
NUMBER PLEASE—Bud Collyer

    1:00
ABOUT FACES—Ben Alexander

    1:25
NEWS—Al Mann

    1:30
DR. HUDSON’S SECRET JOURNAL—Drama

    2:00
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    2:30
ROAD TO REALITY—Drama

    3:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY—Bailey

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST—Carson

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND—Clark
Guest: Adam Wade

    5:00
5 O’CLOCK REPORT—Huston

    5:05
CASEY JONES WITH POPEYE

    5:30
RIN TIN TIN—Adventure

     EVENING    

    6:00
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy

    6:30
CHEYENNE—Western

    7:30
SURFSIDE 6—Mystery

    8:30
BING CROSBY—Variety   SPECIAL 
Guests: Maurice Chevalier, Aldo Monaco, Carol Lawrence

    9:30
PETER GUNN—Mystery

  10:00
NEWS—Chick McCuen

  10:15
WEATHER—Stuart A. Lindman

  10:20
SPORTS—Buetel, Horner

  10:30
PHIL SILVERS—Comedy

  11:00
NEWS—Ken Anderson

  11:05
MOVIE—Drama
Theater 11: “Journey for Margaret” (1942)

  12:30
NEWS—Stuart A. Lindman

In the issues we've looked at from the 1950s, we would have seen the name Chick McCuen over at WCCO, where he was the news director and anchor. In 1958 he moved over to WTCN, and then to the mighty WMAQ in Chicago. Best McCuen story, of many: at WMAQ, he was one of only 25 reporters to be credentialed to the Richard Speck "Trial of the Century" in 1967, only to wind up on the other side of the picket line because of the AFTRA strike. Wound up being hired as the maitre 'd at the restaurant where the reporters hung out. Of course, he's in the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of FameTV  

4 comments:

  1. The musical guest on that day's "American Bandstand", Adam Wade, went on to have some minor success as a recording artist during the 1960's.

    In 1975, he became the first African-American to host a network TV game show when he emceed the short-lived "Musical Chairs" on CBS.

    That show's gimmick was that if you were the lowest-scoring contestant in a round, the desk you were seated behind and the seat that you sat in would go backwards, and disappear backstage, with a wall coming down after you and your seat were taken backstage.

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  2. Didn't Mr. McCuen return to broadcasting after the strike?


    Paul

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  3. That AFTRA strike was in 1967, about midway through Charles McCuen's stay at WMAQ.
    When it was settled, McCuen went back to his afternoon anchor spot at Channel 5, where he stayed until 1971. That was when he went into the education field at the state level, which became his focus for the rest of his life.
    (Especially since he knew that the Big Tuna, Floyd Kalber, wasn't going anywhere.)
    Just so you know …

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