Rochester TV, 1953 – Mon. evening

On 20 April 1953 there is still only one TV station in Rochester; WHAM, channel 6. There will be another station on channel 10 by the end of the year but there is only one choice of what to watch at the time.

The date is notable. Lucy has returned to TV from her real life pregnancy (a word that was not allowed to be used on TV at the time). In the episode for the night, Lucy has brought the baby home from the hospital. Little Ricky is crying and their lease says that children aren’t allowed in the building.

Here is the schedule of programs on channel 6 the evening of 20 April 1953:

  • 7:00 – 7:15 – Russer’s Variety.
  • 7:15 – 7:30 – Do It Yourself. A home repair and maintenance show.
  • 7:30 – 7:45 – Those Two. Music, songs, dances.
  • 7:45 – 8:00 – News Caravan.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – Mr. & Mrs. North. The couple stumble upon crimes and solve them even though they are just amateurs. Originally a popular radio program. There are these 25 episodes of the TV series on the Internet Archives.
  • 8:30 – 9:00 – You Can Be A Star.
  • 9:00 – 9:30 – I Love Lucy. The most popular TV show of the year.
  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Heart of the City. Syndicated title of the show originally known as Big Town. It is the story of two newspaper reporters. Also originally a radio program.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Studio One. A drama anthology.
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – News.
  • 11:15 – 11:45 – The Web. Depicts the plight of people trapped in sudden perilous situations.
  • 11:45 – 12:15 – Talent Patrol. A variety show featuring performances by servicemen. The host was Steve Allen who in July 1953 would move to another show, The Tonight Show which was for the first year just a local NYC program.