June 10, 2019

What's on TV? Monday, June 10, 1963

Perhaps it's just because it's a warm evening as I type this, but I have no trouble imagining that it felt like summer on June 10, 1963. (Checks quickly.) Well, actually, the high was only 73 on that date, so maybe it didn't feel so much like summer after. But a perusal of the news headlines gives us an idea of what we might be seeing on TV the next few weeks: Roman Catholic cardinals gather in Rome to prepare for the conclave that will eventually elect Paul VI; a high-level conference is set for July in Moscow to negotiate a nuclear test-ban treaty; Governor George Wallace prepares to block black students from enrolling in the University of Alabama; and black Muslims want to create a "Negro Nation" within the United States. Fortunately, there's none of that in today's listings, which come from Minneapolis-St. Paul.




 2  KTCA (EDUC.)

   AFTERNOON 

    5:00
COMMUNICATIONS—Paterek

      EVENING    

    6:15
PROFILE—History

    6:45
BACKGROUND—Dr. E. Ziebarth

    7:00
WORLD AMERICA FACTS

    7:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

    8:00
QUEST FOR CERTAINTY

    8:30
EXPLORATION OF SPACE

    9:00
AT HOME WITH MUSIC

    9:30
LANGUAGE—Robert Spencer

  10:00
TOUCH OF FAME—Biography

  10:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED

Ironic, don't you think, that Quest for Certainty follows "To Be Announced"? I guess they just weren't that certain.



 4  WCCO (CBS)

     MORNING   

    6:30
FACES OF ARICA

    7:00
SIEGFRIED AND CLANCY

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO--Children

    9:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    9:15
WHAT’S NEW?—Arle Haeberle

    9:25
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

  10:00
McCOYS—Comedy

  10:30
PETE AND GLADYS—Comedy

  11:00
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  11:25
NEWS—Harry Reasoner

  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: Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY—Art Linkletter
Guest: Pat Hitchcock

    2:00
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Collyer
Panelists: Sam Levenson, Sally Ann Howes, Peggy Cass, Artie Shaw

    2:25
NEWS—Douglas Edwards

    2:30
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    3:00
SECRET STORM—Serial

    3:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN—Haeberle

    4:15
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

    4:30
AXEL AND BOWERY BOYS
Movie: “Feudin’ Fools” (1952)

    5:30
QUICK DRAW McGRAW

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Dean Montgomery

    6:10
WEATHER—Don O’Brien

    6:15
NEWS—Walter Cronkite

    6:30
TO TELL THE TRUTH—Collyer

    7:00
I’VE GOT A SECRET—Panel
Guest: Arnold Palmer. Guest Panelist: Lauren Bacall. Panelists: Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan, Betsy Palmer

    7:30
LUCILLE BALL—Comedy

    8:00
DANNY THOMAS—Comedy

    8:30
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy

    9:00
PASSWORD—Allen Ludden
Celebrities: Lena Horne, Abe Burrows

    9:30
STUMP THE STARS—Stokey
Guests: Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Harvey Lembeck, Jim Backus, Sebastian Cabot, Ross Martin, Beverly Garland, Has Conried

  10:00
NEWS—Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER—Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS—Hal Scott

  10:30
STEVE ALLEN—Variety
Guest: Henny Youngman

  12:00
MOVIE—Western
“Quincannon, Frontier Scout” (1956)
News will follow the movie

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, the celebrities on the afternoon version of Password, were at the time married in real life. The Pat Hitchcock who appears as a guest on House Party is not the daughter of the famed director, but is in fact the wife of anthropologist Ben Hitchcock; her appearance is to talk about the couple's two years in Nepal.


 5  KSTP (NBC)

     MORNING   

    6:45
FAR HORIZONS—Travel

    7:00
TODAY—Hugh Downs
Guests: Jane Rosenthal, the Muppets

    9:00
SAY WHEN—Art James

    9:25
NEWS—Edwin Newman

    9:30
PLAY YOUR HUNCH—Lewis  COLOR 
Guest: Tony Randall

  10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT   COLOR 

  10:30
CONCENTRATION—Hugh Downs

  11:00
YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION   COLOR  
Panelists: MacDonald Carey, Betty White

  11:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

  11:55
NEWS—Ray Scherer

   AFTERNOON 

  12:00
NEWS—John MacDougall

  12:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

  12:20
TREASURE CHEST   COLOR 

    1:00
BEN JERROD—Serial   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: Gisele MacKenzie, Frankie Avalon

    3:00
MATCH GAME—Gene Rayburn
Celebrities: Joan Fontaine, Rod Serling

    3:25
NEWS—Sander Vanocur

    3:30
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    4:00
BETTY WELLS CHATS

    4:05
MOVIE—Drama
“Three Faces West” (1940)

    5:30
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

    5:40
DOCTOR’S HOUSE CALL—Fox

    5:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Bob Ryan

    6:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

    6:25
SPORTS—Al Tighe

    6:30
MOVIE—Drama   COLOR 
Monday Night at the Movies: “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” (1957)

    8:30
ART LINKLETTER
Guest: Cara Williams

    9:00
DAVID BRINKLEY’S JOURNAL   COLOR 

    9:30
HENNESEY—Comedy

  10:00
NEWS—John MacDougall

  10:15
WEATHER—Johnny Morris

  10:20
SPORTS—Al Tighe

  10:30
JOHNNY CARSON   COLOR 

  12:00
NEWS AND SPORTS

It's interesting that we're still looking at 15-minute evening news segments; in about three months, both CBS and NBC will expand to a half-hour. ABC will eventually follow suit—in 1967.


 9  KMSP (ABC)

     MORNING   

    7:45
BREAKFAST—Grandpa Ken

  10:00
DEBBIE DRAKE—Exercise

  10:15
RANDOM—Variety

  11:00
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY

  11:30
SEVEN KEYS—Jack Narz

   AFTERNOON 

  12:00
ERNIE FORD—Variety

  12:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST—Comedy

    1:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL—Serial

    1:30
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    2:00
DAY IN COURT—Drama

    2:25
NEWS—Alex Drier

    2:30
JANE WYMAN—Drama

    3:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY—Bailey

    3:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST?

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Guest Host: Ray Stevens

    4:30
DISCOVERY ’63—Children

    4:55
AMERICAN NEWSSTAND—Lord

    5:00
MOVIE—Western
“Hidden Guns” (1956)

      EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS—Ron Cochran

    6:15
NEWS—Bob Allard

    6:30
DAKOTAS—Western

    7:30
AS CAESAR SEES IT—Comedy  SPECIAL 
“The Rifleman” is pre-empted

    8:00
STONEY BURKE—Drama

    9:00
BEN CASEY—Drama

  10:00
NEWS—George Grim

  10:15
WEATHER—Jere Smith

  10:20
SPORTS—Tony Parker

  10:30
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

  11:30
CALL MR. D—Mystery

  12:00
SAN FRANCISCO BEAT—Police

  12:30
NEWS

Bill Lord, the host of ABC's youth-oriented American Newsstand, had real news credentials; he was one of the correspondents in Dallas on November 22, and was reporting there throughout the weekend. 


11 WTCN (IND.)

     MORNING   

  11:30
CARTOON CIRCUS—Children

  11:45
NEWS—Bob Landon

   AFTERNOON 

  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY--Children

  12:45
KING AND ODIE—Cartoon

    1:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Sharpshooters” (1938)

    2:25
TAKE FIVE—Jan Werner

    2:30
STATE TROOPER—Police

    3:00
DECEMBER BRIDE—Comedy

    3:30
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy

    4:00
POPEYE AND PETE—Dave Lee

    4:30
DICK TRACY—Cartoons

    5:00
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB—Children

    5:30
SUPERMAN—Adventure

      EVENING    

    6:00
POLITICAL TALK—Republican

    6:15
NEWS—Dick Ford

    6:30
BOLD JOURNEY—Travel

    7:00
HIGH ROAD—John Gunther

    7:30
WRESTLING—Minneapolis

    9:00
M SQUAD—Police

    9:30
NEWS—Dick Ford

    9:45
WEATHER—Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS—Buetel, Horner

  10:00
MOVIE—Musical Comedy
“April Showers” (1948)


The Republican "Political Talk" shown on all three of the commercial stations is probably for the Minneapolis mayoral election. Minneapolis has always elected its mayor in an off year, and in 1963 the election was held in early July. Back then, it was still possible that the city could elect a Republican mayor, though it should be noted that Minneapolis has not elected one since 1959. And they call Chicago a one-party city. TV  

3 comments:

  1. A few fun divertissements:

    - I've mentioned before that the Chicago edition carried local listings for the two stations in Rockford, which was halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee.
    Channel 13 was jointly affiliated with CBS and ABC, while Channel 39 was an NBC station - mostly.
    But the Ch39 management would sometimes pick up CBS and ABC shows that Ch13 would bypass for whatever reasons.
    On this particular Monday night, Ch39 skipped NBC's offerings in toto - which they usually did anyway.
    Here's what the folks in Rockford saw on their NBC station that night (all times Central Daylight):
    6:30: To Tell The Truth
    7:00: I've Got A Secret
    7:30: The Lucy Show
    8:00: The Beverly Hillbillies (delayed from the previous Wednesday)
    8:30: Route 66 (delayed from the previous Friday)
    9:30: U.S. Border Patrol, syndie rerun (this was local station time for NBC affiliates that year)
    10:00: News
    10:30: Johnny Carson

    And here was prime time on Ch13 that night:
    6:30: The Dakotas
    7:30: Sid Caesar
    8:00: Danny Thomas
    8:30: Andy Griffith
    9:00: Ben Casey
    10:00: News
    10:30: Alfred Hitchcock (delayed from the previous Friday)

    I was but a lad of 12, and I didn't even live in Rockford, so don't ask me why the stations involved made these choices; that's just the way it was.

    - Noting that this week, Dick Clark took the week off from American Bandstand, which was still based in Philadelphia back then.
    As noted, Ray Stevens (still doing goofy comedy songs) took Monday; as to the rest of the week:
    Tuesday: Frankie Avalon
    Wednesday: Chubby Checker
    Thursday: Timi Yuro
    Friday: Bobby Vinton

    - One more local note:
    ABC's afternoon newscast was anchored by Alex Dreier, Channel 7's local anchorman. (I'll assume that 'Drier' is simply a local misprint.)
    A few weeks ago, I had occasion to mention Alex Dreier on another site (Mystery*File) as my choice to play Nero Wolfe on TV; I always thought he looked and sounded the part, and when Dreier moved to Hollywood and started an acting career, it seemed obvious (to me, anyway - what might have been …).

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  2. Two days later on June 12th, Medgar Evers would be assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi just hours after JFK's Civil Rights speech given on June 11 known formally as "The Report to the American People on Civil Rights."

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  3. Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" still began at 10:15 P.M. Central (11:15 Eastern), but KSTP Channel 5 didn't join the show until 10:30 Central (1:30 Eastern).

    A number of other NBC stations also did this; by early 1965, Johnny wouldn't do his monologue until after a station break at the :15 minute point of the show, so the entire network would be "on board" for Johnny's monologue.

    Finally, at the end of 1966, the first fifteen minutes were eliminated entirely.

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