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1st Commercial TV Show for Area to Be Tonight

December 20, 1952

Spokane Daily Chronicle

Spokane’s first commercial television network show will be telecast at 7:30 tonight on KHQ-TV.

The show will be “Your Hit Parade,” Richard O. Dunning, KHQ-TV president and general manager said.

Dunning said KHQ-TV has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to begin commercial programming.

“Now that we have received the go-ahead from the FCC,” he added, “we soon will be telecasting some of the best shows available from both the NBC and ABC networks.”

Test patterns went on the air at 10 a.m. today and will remain until the beginning of programs at 6 this evening.

William A. Nielson, program director, said tonight’s program would include a western film, “Texas Trouble Shooters” at 6; two feature films, “The Fur Country” at 7 p.m. and “Meet the Artist” at 7:15 p.m. followed by “Your Hit Parade” at 7:30.

Station officials also announced a revision in the test pattern schedules with the beginning of commercial programming.

The previously announced all-day test pattern planned for Sunday has been canceled and the test pattern will be on the air from 7 to 8 p.m. only, with programs beginning at 8 p.m.

Yule Dramas Scheduled

Nielson also announced plans for special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day observances on KHQ-TV with a number of holiday dramas in addition to the regular commercial schedule.

On Christmas Eve, the station’s schedule will be: 6:15 p.m.—”70 Years of Progress”; 6:30—”Time for Beany”; 6:45—”The Front Page”; 7—”Terry and the Pirates”; 7:30—”A Star Shall Rise”; 8—”The Joyful Hour”; 9—”This Is Your Life”; and 9:30—Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.”

Christmas Programs Listed

On Christmas Day, KHQ-TV will go on the air at 2 p.m. with a test pattern and programs starting at 2:30.

The programs are as follows: 2:30—”Christmas Window”; 2:45—Christmas carols; 4:30—”March of the Wooden Soldiers”; 6—”Holy Night”; 6:30—”Time for Beany”; 6:45—”The Front Page”; 7—”The Cisco Kid”; 7:30—”Abbott and Costello”; 8—Groucho Marx; 8:30—”Chevron Theater”; 9—”Dangerous Assignment”; 9:30—”Beyond Tomorrow.”

Station officials said although permission has been granted for commercial programming, a spread in starting dates will mean the network shows will work into the complete program schedule over a period of a week or two.

In addition to the network programs planned for the holidays, KHQ-TV has film commitments for national shows including “Hollywood Screen Test,” “Robert Montgomery Presents,” “Comedy Hour,” “The Name’s the Same,” Two for the Money,” “Chance of a Lifetime,” “You Asked for It,” “TV Playhouse,” “Boston Blackie,” “Club Embassy,” Milton Berle, “Super Circus,” wrestling headliners, and “News Digest.” It will also present live wrestling telecasts.

Saturday, December 20, 1952


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