Rochester TV, 1953 – Fri. evening

Friday nights on WHAM, channel 6 in 1953 had a mixed line up of comedies, dramas and sports. Here is what was on Friday 17 April 1953:

  • 7:00 – 7:15 – Herman Hickman. Herman was a former football player and did a sports talk show.
  • 7:15 – 7:30 – Your Money.
  • 7:30 – 7:45 – Those Two. Music, songs, dances.
  • 7:45 – 8:00 – News Caravan.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – I Remember Mama. Story of a Norwegian family living in San Francisco in 1910. One of the sons was played by a young Dick Van Patten.
  • 8:30 – 9:00 – Life of Riley. Story of the family of Chester Riley, a worker at an aircraft factory. Played by William Bendix. The episode from that night where Riley has a tonsil operation is on the Internet Archive.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 – The Big Story. Dramatizations based on reporter’s stories.
  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Favorite Story. Dramatizations of novels and short stories.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Boxing Bout.
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – News & Sports.
  • 11:15 – 11:45 – Where Was I. Game show where celebrities locate objects depicted in photos.
  • 11:45 – 12:15 – My Little Margie. Gale Storm is Margie, a young independent spirit that causes problems for her widowed father.

Katrina in the introduction to I Remember Mama says “I remember the big white house on Elm Street, and my little sister, Dagmar, and my big brother Nels, and Papa. But most of all, I Remember Mama.”