April 22, 2019

What's on TV? Sunday, April 22, 1973

It's Easter Sunday, and today's broadcasting schedule, which comes to us from the Minnesota State Edition of TV Guide, gives us a mix of religious programming and playoff hockey and basketball. Through in a few movies, and you've got a little something for everyone.




 2  KTCA (PBS)

AFTERNOON

     4:00
THE MESSIAH—Concert
Special

EVENING

     6:00
ZOOM

     6:30
SALUTE TO SPRING

     7:30
JOAN SUTHERLAND: WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA

     8:00
MASTERPIECE THEATRE
“The Golden Bowl” Part 5

     9:00
FIRING LINE
Guest: Rev. Donald Soper

   10:00
SOUL’S HARBOR

Joan Sutherland, one of opera's greatest sopranos, hosted this six-part series consisting of shortened versions of famous operas. This was when cultural programming wasn't so unusual on television; Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson often featured opera singers, and Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts were still being broadcast. Considering how little music education there is today, we could use a program like this again.



 3  KDAL (DULUTH) (CBS)

MORNING

     8:00
ARCHIE’S FUN HOUSE

     8:30
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS—Cartoon

     9:00
THE YEAR 1200—Art
Special

   10:00
EASTER SERVICE—Religion
Special

   11:00
WOMEN’S GOLF
Cinderella Tournament

AFTERNOON

   12:00
WHA PLAYOFF
Special

     2:30
CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
Time approximate. Diving, weightlifting

     4:00
YOU ARE THERE

     4:30
FACTS OF FISHING

     5:00
60 MINUTES

EVENING

     6:00
JOHNNY MANN’S STAND UP AND CHEER

     6:30
DICK VAN DYKE

     7:00
M*A*S*H

     7:30
MANNIX

     8:30
BARNABY JONES—Crime Drama

     9:30
ALL IN THE FAMILY

   10:00
NEWS

   10:20
CBS NEWS—Dan Rather

   10:35
CHAMPIONSHIP FISHING

   11:05
MOVIE—Drama
“Breakout” (Made for TV; 1970)

It really seems strange to see 60 Minutes on outside of prime time, doesn't it?


 4  WCCO (CBS)

MORNING

     7:00
SUNDAY MORNING

     7:45
JOBS NOW!

     8:00
ARCHIE’S FUN HOUSE

     8:30
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS—Cartoon

     9:00
LAUREL AND HARDY TENT BW 

   10:00
EASTER SERVICE—Religion
Special

   11:00
STOCKMARKET REPORT

   11:15
WORLD OF AVIATION

   11:30
NEWS—Bob McNamera

AFTERNOON

   12:00
WHA PLAYOFF
Special

     2:30
CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
Time approximate. Diving, weightlifting

     4:00
YOU ARE THERE

     4:30
CBS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

     5:00
60 MINUTES

EVENING

     6:00
NEWS—Skip Loescher

     6:30
DICK VAN DYKE

     7:00
M*A*S*H

     7:30
MANNIX

     8:30
BARNABY JONES—Crime Drama

     9:30
MOORE ON SUNDAY

   10:00
NEWS

   10:50
FACE THE NATION

   11:20
MOVIE—Comedy
“The Extraordinary Seaman” (1969)

The WHA playoff at noon—don't know which game they carried—represents a rare appearance of the World Hockey Association on network television. This is the first year of the rival league to the NHL, but their games seldom attained national coverage in the United States. Of course, the NHL wasn't on all that often either.


 5  KSTP (NBC)

MORNING

     6:30
HYMN TIME—David Stone

     7:00
GOSPEL JUBILEE

     8:00
ORAL ROBERTS

     8:30
DAY OF DISCOVERY

     9:00
FAITH FOR TODAY

     9:30
AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TOWN HALL MEETING

   10:00
EASTER SUNDAY
Special

   11:00
HIGH SCHOOL BOWL
St. Anthony Village vs. Edina West

   11:30
MEET THE PRESS

AFTERNOON

   12:00
HENRY WOLF—Discussion

     1:00
MAYBERRY RFD

     1:30
NHL ACTION

     2:00
STANLEY CUP PLAY-OFF
Special

     5:00
AUDUBON WILDLIFE THEATRE

     5:30
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

EVENING

     6:30
WORLD OF DISNEY

     7:30
HEC RAMSEY—Crime Drama

     9:30
POLICE SURGEON

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
CHARLIE McCARTY

   12:00
LIVING EASY WITH DR. JOYCE BROTHERS

   12:30
HENRY WOLF—Discussion
Guests: S.I. Hayakawa, William N. Walker

As I recall, KSTP was always reluctant to carry network news on Sunday, even though, as we see on WDSM below, NBC did have a Sunday night newscast. (It took me years to learn about that.) I admire KSTP's confidence that nothing newsworthy happens on the weekend.


 6   WDSM (DULUTH) (NBC)

MORNING

     7:15
SACRED HEART—Religion

     7:30
INSIGHT

     8:00
REX HUMBARD

     9:00
OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR

   10:00
DAY OF DISCOVERY

   10:30
FILM

   11:00
THIS IS THE LIFE

   11:30
MEET THE PRESS

AFTERNOON

   12:00
CHARLES BLAIR’S BETTER WORLD

   12:30
PRINCE OF PEACE: THE MASTER
Special

     2:00
STANLEY CUP PLAY-OFF
Special

     5:00
PORTER WAGONER—Music
Guests: Eddie and Joe

     5:30
NBC NEWS—Utley

EVENING

     6:00
CRISS AWARD
Special

     6:30
WORLD OF DISNEY

     7:30
HEC RAMSEY—Crime Drama

     9:30
POLICE SURGEON

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama BW 
“Night Freight” (1955)

Interesting, and completely appropriate, that Hec Ramsey is listed as a crime drama, despite its Western setting. Like Whispering Smith and unlike, say, Gunsmoke, the emphasis in this series was on solving crimes; the Western setting was more symbolic, in the sense that it suggested the fading away of the Old West, and the dawning of the scientific aspect to investigative work.


 6  KAUS (AUSTIN) (ABC)

MORNING

     7:00
CHURCH SERVICE—Catholic

     7:30
VOICE OF VICTORY

     8:00
REVIVAL FIRES

     9:00
CURIOSITY SHOP

   10:00
REX HUMBARD

   11:00
THIS IS THE LIFE

   11:30
FOCAL POINT

AFTERNOON

   12:15
FAMILY HOUR

   12:30
DIRECTIONS
Joined in progress. SpecialEaster Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

     1:00
NBA PLAYOFF
Special

     3:15
HOWARD COSELL SPORTS MAGAZINE

     3:30
GOLF TOURNAMENT
Special: Tournament of Champions

     5:30
LASSIE

EVENING

     6:00
WILD WILD WEST

     7:00
PORTRAIT: A MAN WHOSE NAME WAS JOHN
Special

     8:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Three on a Couch” (1966)

   10:15
ASSIGNMENT: VIENNA—Crime Drama

   11:15
BORIS KARLOFF PRESENTS THRILLER BW 

   12:15
ABC NEWS—Bill Beutel

I've never seen Thriller listed this way before, as Boris Karloff Presents Thriller. I know series often go into syndication with different names, but it's usually when they're still in first-run on the network. Maybe they needed Karloff's name to drive viewership.


 7  KCMT (ALEX) (NBC, ABC)

MORNING


     7:00
U. OF MINN.

     7:30
OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR

     8:30
REVIVAL FIRES

     9:00
CHALLENGE OF TRUTH

     9:30
CHURCH SERVICE—Catholic

   10:30
DAY OF DISCOVERY

   11:00
CATHOLIC HOUR

   11:30
MEET THE PRESS

AFTERNOON

   12:00
CATHOLIC HOUR NEWS

   12:15
NEWS

   12:30
COUNTRY JUBILEE

     1:00
ECHOES FROM CALVARY

     1:30
FISHIN’ HOLE

     2:00
STANLEY CUP PLAY-OFF
Special

     5:00
FACTS OF FISHING

     5:30
LAWRENCE WELK

EVENING

     6:30
WORLD OF DISNEY

     7:30
HEC RAMSEY—Crime Drama

     9:30
SANFORD AND SON

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
COMMENTARY

   10:35
OUTDOORS WITH BUD

   10:50
CRISS AWARD
Special

   11:20
MOVIE—Comedy BW 
“She Wouldn’t Say Yes” (1945)

Lawrence Welk has moved from network broadcast to syndication; like Hee Haw on WTCN, it marks the evolution of former network shows into first-run syndication. Of course, often it just gave KCMT an excuse to preempt more network programming.


 8  WDSE (DULUTH) (PBS)

AFTERNOON

     4:00
THE MESSIAH—Concert
Special

EVENING

     6:00
ZOOM

     6:30
SALUTE TO SPRING

     7:30
JOAN SUTHERLAND: WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA

     8:00
MASTERPIECE THEATRE
“The Golden Bowl” Part 5

     9:00
FIRING LINE
Guest: Rev. Donald Soper

Lord Soper, William F. Buckley Jr.'s guest on Firing Line, was a liberal Methodist minister, member of the House of Lords, leader in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and author of the following quote, with which I think Buckley might have agreed: "To-day we are living in what is the first genuinely pagan age—that is to say, there are so many people, particularly children, who never remember having heard hymns at their mother's knee, as I have, whose first tunes are from Radio One, and not from any hymn book; whose first acquaintance with their friends and relations and other people is not in the Sunday School or in the Church at all, as mine was".


 9  KSTP (ABC)

MORNING


     7:30
OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR

     8:30
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES

     9:00
CURIOSITY SHOP

   10:00
BULLWINKLE

   10:30
MAKE A WISH

   11:00
FISHIN’ HOLE

   11:30
FOCUS—Rochelle

AFTERNOON

   12:00
DIRECTIONS
SpecialEaster Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

     1:00
NBA PLAYOFF
Special

     3:15
HOWARD COSELL SPORTS MAGAZINE

     3:30
GOLF TOURNAMENT
Special: Tournament of Champions

     5:30
RAT PATROL

EVENING

     6:00
LAWRENCE WELK

     7:00
PORTRAIT: A MAN WHOSE NAME WAS JOHN
Special

     8:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Three on a Couch” (1966)

   10:15
NEWS

   10:45
DICK CAVETT

   12:15
ABC NEWS—Bill Beutel

Although the teams in this afternoon's NBA playoff game hadn't been set at press time, the records show that it was New York and Boston, with the Knicks winning 117-110 in two overtimes. This must have been a long time ago, if the Knicks were in the playoffs.


10 WDIO (DULUTH) (ABC)

MORNING

     7:30
DAVEY AND GOLIATH

     8:00
CHURCH SERVICE—Catholic

     8:45
WITH THIS RING

     9:00
CURIOSITY SHOP

   10:00
BULLWINKLE

   10:30
MAKE A WISH

   11:00
WRESTLING

AFTERNOON

   12:00
DIRECTIONS
Special: Easter Mass from St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

     1:00
NBA PLAYOFF
Special

     3:15
HOWARD COSELL SPORTS MAGAZINE

     3:30
GOLF TOURNAMENT
Special: Tournament of Champions

     5:30
FISHIN’ HOLE

EVENING

     6:00
JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY—Music
Special

     7:00
PORTRAIT: A MAN WHOSE NAME WAS JOHN
Special

     8:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Three on a Couch” (1966)

   10:15
ABC NEWS—Bill Beutel

   10:30
NEWS

   10:45
SPORTSMAN’S NOTEBOOK

   11:15
MOVIE—Drama BW 
“Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1952)

You can't blame Paul for wanting an hour this evening, seeing as how John already has an hour of his own.


10 KROC (ROCHESTER) (NBC)

MORNING

     8:30
OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR

     9:30
THIS IS THE LIFE

   10:00
EASTER SUNDAY
Special

   11:00
DAVEY AND GOLIATH

   11:15
ANSWER IS LOVE

   11:30
MEET THE PRESS

AFTERNOON

   12:00
COMMENT ‘73

   12:30
PRINCE OF PEACE: THE MASTER
Special

     2:00
STANLEY CUP PLAY-OFF
Special

     5:00
ECHOES FROM CALVARY

     5:30
NBC NEWS—Utley

EVENING

     6:00
CRISS AWARD
Special

     6:30
WORLD OF DISNEY

     7:30
HEC RAMSEY—Crime Drama

     9:30
I’VE GOT A SECRET
Celebrities: Chad Everett, Pat Carroll, Richard Dawson, Anita Gillette, Gene Rayburn

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
MOVIE—Drama
“Day of Triumph” (1954)

   12:35
ANSWER IS LOVE

As was the case with the NBA playoff game above, the NHL matchup hadn't been set at press time, but it happens to have been the semifinal series between the Canadians and Flyers, with Montreal winning 4-1, en route to yet another Stanley Cup victory.


11 WTCN (Ind.)

MORNING


     8:00
BATMAN

     9:00
CHURCH SERVICE—Catholic

     9:30
CAPITOL APPROACH—Amundson

   10:00
FLINTSTONES—Cartoon

   11:00
WONDERAMA

AFTERNOON

     1:00
FATHER KNOWS BEST BW 

     1:30
HERE COME THE BRIDES

     2:30
MOVIE—Western
“The Man Called Gringo” (West German; 1966)

     4:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Drums Along the Mohawk” (1939)

EVENING

     6:00
HEE HAW

     7:00
VIRGINIAN

     8:30
IT TAKES A THIEF

     9:30
NEWS

   10:00
PERRY MASON BW 

   11:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Kentucky” (1938)

A quiet day on WTCN. I never miss a great West German Western, though.


12 KEYC (MANKATO) (CBS)

MORNING

     8:00
REX HUMBARD

     9:00
ORAL ROBERTS

     9:30
OLD TIME GOSPEL HOUR

   10:30
HOUR OF HOPE

   11:00
GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP

   11:30
FACE THE NATION

AFTERNOON

   12:00
WHA PLAYOFF
Special

     2:30
CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
Time approximate. Diving, weightlifting

     4:00
YOU ARE THERE

     4:30
CBS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

     5:00
60 MINUTES

EVENING

     6:00
I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES

     6:30
DICK VAN DYKE

     7:00
M*A*S*H

     7:30
MANNIX

     8:30
BARNABY JONES—Crime Drama

     9:30
DORIS DAY

   10:00
NEWS

   10:30
CBS NEWS—Dan Rather

   10:45
UFO

Today's episode of the CBS classic You Are There, in which Walter Cronkite and others cover famous events in history as if television had been around, is the trial of Joan of Arc. Appropriate for Easter Sunday, don't you think? TV  

4 comments:

  1. A lot of hockey and no basketball or baseball. I wonder if somewhere there are tapes of WHA playoffs telecasts (a short lived upstart hockey league that only had national coverage in it's first year).
    Growing up in central Minnesota, the only station one could get in clear (sans able cable) was ch 7 out Alexandria. A strange hybrid station of mostly NBC lineup but inserted in the odd ABC show. Somehow I remember the show Echoes from Calvary, needless to say a Christian themed family show consisting of a group of preteen sisters and their parents. I think they just sang sometimes using bells plus a sermon. I wonder whatever happened to them?

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  2. HEC RAMSEY was probably considered a crime drama rather than a western here because it was part of the NBC MYSTERY MOVIE franchise, even though it was set in the Old West. I don't think I've seen any part of it since 1974 (if even then), but I have seen COLUMBO, MCCLOUD, MCMILLAN AND WIFE, and even BANACEK on Me-TV when it was showing the old Mystery Movie segments late night weeknights.

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  3. With the NBA playoff game running long, "Howard Cosell's Sports Magazine" probably got pre-empted.

    Maybe some of the segments ended up being shown the next week.

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  4. I think the WHA playoff game was between the New England Whalers (who then were based in Boston and played their home games at Boston Garden) and the Cleveland Crusaders.

    The Whalers won the first WHA title that spring (CBS in fact carried what tuned out to be the last game of the Avco Cup Finals), but moved to Hartford in 1974, eventually becoming the Hartford Whalers and one of only four WHA tams to survive the NHL/WHA merger of 1989 (and the only U.S.-based WHAT team to survive the merger).

    The Whalers' stay in Hartford ended in 1997, when they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, becoming the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup, which must have infuriated many Hartfordites, who could only dream about what might have been!

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