Rochester TV, 1953 – afternoon

Programs during the afternoon on WHAM, channel 6 in 1953 were not the same every day.The soap operas were on every weekday but then some entertainment programs were on only once or twice a week. Here is the programs that were on in the afternoon of Friday 10 April 1953:

  • 12:00 – 12:15 – Bride and Groom These were actual weddings from a chapel in NYC.
  • 12:15 – 12:30 – Love of Life. Soap opera.
  • 12:30 – 12:45 – Search for Tomorrow. Soap opera.
  • 12:45 – 1:00 – Make It, Market.
  • 1:00  – 1:15 – Meet Betty Furness. Guests and interviews for the ladies.
  • 1:15 – 1:30 – Midday, Midday.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 – The Garry Moore Show. Variety show.
  • 2:00 – 2:30 – Double or Nothing. A game show with host, Bert Parks.
  • 2:30 -2:45 – The Guiding Light. Soap opera. Started on radio in 1937. Moved to TV in 1952. Cancelled in 2009. Recognized as the longest running soap opera.
  • 2:45 – 3:00 – Ladies Fair.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 – The Big Payoff. A combination of a variety show with some games for audience members.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – Welcome Travelers. Travelers, met at bus, railroad, and plane terminals are invited to a studio where, in exchange for gifts, they relate their experiences and impressions of Chicago.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – The Kate Smith Hour. Music, dances, sketches, cooking, etc.
  • 5:00 – 5:15 – Hawkins Falls. Drama of a fictional small town.
  • 5:15 – 5:30 – The Gabby Hayes Show.
  • 5:30 – 6:00 – The Howdy Doody Show. Very famous children’s show with puppets and host Buffalo Bob Smith that ran from 1947 to 1960. This page at the Internet Archive has some early episodes that can be watched online or downloaded for free.
  • 6:00 – 6:15 – Photography.
  • 6:15 – 6:30 – News.
  • 6:30 – 6:45 – Speaking of Sports.
  • 6:45 – 7:00 – The Perry Como Show. Music.

Note that all the soap operas were only 15 minutes long. Added links to shows and performers on Wikipedia.