Rochester TV, 1953 – Sat.

It is Saturday in 1953 and kids all got up early to watch the shows just for them.  Later in the afternoon on 2 May for the first time in Rochester, people were able to see the Kentucky Derby. It had been on TV the previous year but wasn’t on in Rochester. Here is the full day schedule for channel 6, WHAM for that day:

  • 9:15 – 9:30 – News Adventures.
  • 9:30 – 10:00 – The Rootie Kazootie Club. A puppet show.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Super Circus. A half hour circus. Watch this episode on the Internet Archive complete with commercials.
  • 11:00 – 11:30 – Space Patrol. An early sci-fi program with a very low budget that was done live. Watch this episode from 1953.
  • 11:30 – 12:00 – Sky King. I loved this show. A western with an airplane.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 – Big Top. an hour long circus. One of the clowns on this show was Ed McMahon.
  • 1:00 – 1:30 – Zoo Parade. The first animal show with host Marlin Perkins.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 – This is the Life. A religious drama.
  • 2:00 – 2:30 – The Big Picture. US Army documentaries.
  • 2:30 – 3:00 – Down You Go. A game show.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 – Dragnet. Police cases from the files of LA Police Department. Jack Webb as Joe Friday just wanted the facts…
  • 3:30 – 4:00 – I Married Joan. Joan Davis did her best to copy Lucy.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 – Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club. A talent show for teenagers.
  • 4:30 – 5:00 – A Date with Judy. An unpredictable teenager.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Kentucky Derby. The winning horse was “Dark Star.”
  • 6:00 – 6:30 – The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. The longest running situation comedy featuring the real life Nelson family.
  • 6:30 – 7:00 – The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. Western.
  • 7:00 – 7:30 – Who Said That? A game show whee they guess a quotation from a news story.
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Court of Public Opinion.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – My Hero. A comedy dealing with a salesman, starring Bob Cummings.
  • 8:30 – 9:00 – The Original Amateur Hour. A talent show with the host Ted Mack.
  • 9: 00 – 10:30 – Your Show of Shows. A famous early variety show that featured Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and Howie Morris.
  • 10:30 – 11;30 – Wrestling.
  • 11:30 – ? – Genesee Playhouse.

Then on 5 May Rochesterians were able to see on WHAM TV the consecration of Bishop Elect Lawrence B. Casey, rector of  Sacred Heart Cathedral. Among participants in the ceremony were Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York City as consecrator, assisted by Bishop Walter Foery of Syracuse and Bishop Zielenski of Detroit. Bishop James E. Kearney of Rochester gave the sermon and Msgr. Wilfred T. Craugh, rector of St. Bernard’s Seminary delivered commentary for the telecast.