May 24, 2021

What's on TV? Sunday, May 26, 1974




I don't know about you, but I find the sports lineup in today's Twin Cities issue quite interesting—not for the events themselves, but for what they say about the time. Here's what I mean: tennis was a very popular pasttime in 1974, and we've got four tennis-related events. Let's throw out Celebrity Tennis, even though that may be the most telling; the other three are all taped, and two of the three are from tournaments that were packaged for television. You don't see prerecorded sports like that anymore. And then there's the golf—the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. It's still around, albeit with FedEx as the title sponsor, but nowadays the final round is shown in its entirety, rather than having coverage start on the 15th hole, as was the case here. Oh, and in 1974, the winner took home $35,000; last year, Justin Thomas won $1.8 million. And finally, there's the major event of the day, the Indianapolis 500, shown on a tape delay from the afternoon. The 500 was perhaps the last major sports event to be broadcast live, in 1986. Moving ABC's coverage of the race from the following Saturday's Wide World of Sports to same-day coverage was done to capitalize on the race's popularity. Today, NBC would probably do anything it could to keep it out of primetime coverage, such has been the decline in its fortunes. Yes, times have changed.

 
-2- KTCA (PBS)
 
AFTERNOON
 
     5:00
BICENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES
 
EVENING
 
     6:00
ZOOM—Children
 
     6:30
NOVA—Science
 
     7:30
WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA?
“Faust”
 
     8:00
MASTERPIECE THEATRE
“Upstairs, Downstairs,” Part 6
 
     9:00
FIRING LINE
Guest: Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wisconsin)
 
 
 
-4- WCCO (CBS)
 
MORNING
 
     7:00
SUNDAY MORNING
 
     7:45
JOBS NOW!
 
     8:00
BAILEY’S COMETS—Cartoon
 
     8:30
AMAZING CHAN—Cartoon
 
     9:00
CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
“Six Bears and a Clown”
 
   10:00
MOVIE—Comedy BW 
“Bonnie Scotland” (1935)
 
   11:00
FACE THE NATION
         
   11:30
SPORTSMAN’S HOLIDAY
 
   11:45
WORLD OF AVIATION
 
AFTERNOON
 
   12:00
NEWS
 
   12:30
SAINT—Crime Drama
 
     1:30
CBS TENNIS CLASSIC
Arthur Ashe vs. Cliff Drysdale
 
     2:30
CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
Diving, Equestrian show
 
     4:30
NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
 
     5:00
60 MINUTES
 
EVENING
 
     6:00
NEWS
 
     6:30
APPLE’S WAY—Drama
 
     7:30
MANNIX—Crime Drama
 
     8:30
BARNABY JONES—Crime Drama
 
     9:30
MOORE ON SUNDAY
 
   10:00
NEWS
 
 
 
-5- KSTP (NBC)
 
MORNING
 
     7:30
HYMN TIME—David Stone
 
     8:00
JIMMY SWAGGART—Religion
 
     8:30
DAY OF DISCOVERY
 
     9:00
FAITH FOR TODAY
 
     9:30
AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TOWN HALL
 
   10:00
HOUR OF POWER
 
   11:00
HIGH SCHOOL QUIZ BOWL
         
   11:30
MEET THE PRESS
 
AFTERNOON
 
   12:00
HENRY WOLF
Guest: Buzz Aldrin
 
   12:30
NORTH STAR REPORT
 
     1:00
GORILLA IN THE BEDROOM
Special
 
     1:30
HOPES OR FEARS—Discussion
Special
 
     2:00
FAMILY CIRCLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Special: Chris Evert vs. Kerry Melville
 
     3:30
TO BE ANNOUNCED
 
     4:30
KATE SMITH
Guests: Florence Henderson, Dom DeLuise, the Supremes, Eric Weissberg, Steve Mandell, the Kids Next Door
 
     5:30
UNTAMED WORLD
 
EVENING
 
     6:00
TREASURE HUNT
 
     6:30
WORLD OF DISNEY
“The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton,” conclusion
 
     7:30
COLUMBO—Crime Drama
Guest murderer: Jose Ferrer
 
     9:00
NBC NEWS: SPECIAL EDITION
 
   10:00
NEWS
 
   10:30
PAUL HELM—Discussion
 
   12:00
HENRY WOLF
Guest: George Romney
 
 
 
-9- KMSP (ABC)
 
MORNING
 
     7:00
REX HUMBARD
 
     8:00
KATHRYN KUHLMAN
 
     8:30
NEW CASEY JONES—Children
 
     9:00
KID POWER—Cartoon
 
     9:30
OSMONDS—Cartoon
 
   10:00
H.R. PUFNSTUF—Children
 
   10:30
MAKE A WISH—Children
 
   11:00
SENIOR CITIZENS’ FORUM
         
   11:30
FOCUS—Phil Bremen
 
AFTERNOON
 
   12:00
FISHIN’ HOLE
 
   12:30
ISSUES AND ANSWERS
Guests: Sen. J. William Fullbright and Gov. Dale Bumpers, candidates for Democratic Senate seat, Arkansas
 
     1:00
DIRECTIONS
Guest: Sen. Harold Hughes (D-Iowa)
 
     1:30
RAT PATROL—Adventure
 
     2:00
NAME OF THE GAME—Drama
 
     3:30
CELEBRITY TENNIS
 
     4:00
WORLD INVITATIONAL TENNIS CLASSIC
Rod Laver and John Newcombe vs. Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe
 
     5:00
MY PARTNER THE GHOST
 
EVENING
 
     6:00
SECRETS OF THE DEEP
 
     6:30
FBI
 
     7:30
INDIANAPOLIS 500
Special
 
     9:30
GREAT MYSTERIES
 
   10:00
NEWS
 
   10:30
MOVIE—Crime Drama
“Madigan” (1968)
 
   12:30
NEWS—Bill Beutel

 
 
11 WTCN (Ind.)
 
MORNING
 
     7:00
CHURCH SERVICE
 
     7:30
SPEAKING OF RELIGION
 
     8:00
OLD-TIME GOSPEL HOUR
 
     9:00
ORAL ROBERTS
 
     9:30
SOUL’S HARBOR—Religion
 
   10:00
WONDERAMA
 
AFTERNOON
 
   12:30
FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS
 
     1:00
FATHER KNOWS BEST
 
     1:30
BRACKEN’S WORLD—Drama
 
     2:30
LUCY SHOW—Comedy
 
     3:00
DANNY THOMAS MEMPHIS CLASSIC
Special: Final-round coverage
 
     5:00
STAR TREK—Adventure
 
EVENING
 
     6:00
MOVIE—Adventure BW 
“Tarzan’s New York Adventure”
 
     7:30
ANDY GRIFFITH—Comedy BW 
 
     8:00
MERV GRIFFIN
Guests: Maximillian Schell, Richard Thomas, Jason Miller, Randy Quaid
 
     9:30
NEWS
 
   10:00
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—Adventure
 
   11:00
HIGH CHAPARRAL
 
   12:00
IT TAKES A THIEF—Adventure

TV  

3 comments:

  1. Was that really the listing for "Columbo"? "Guest Murderer"?

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    1. Nah, just took some liberties with that, like Batman's "Guest Villain." I wasn't sure what else to call them, but I wanted something a little more eccentric than "Guest Star"!

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  2. "tennis was a very popular pastime in 1974"

    There was even a professional tennis league, World Team Tennis, that began in 1974. WTT had top tennis stars playing in a team format in major arenas around the country. (It lasted until the early 1980s, folded, then re-booted on a smaller scale and still exists today!)

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