Rochester TV Guide – 3-9 Nov 1951

Just because you are reading this blog, you get the first look at a full 24 page Rochester TV Guide from Nov. 1951. Click on the title to have it open as a PDF file. It is an 18mb file so it may take a while to load, depending on your connection speed.

There is only one TV station in Rochester at that time; channel 6 – WHAM. It would become channel 8 – WROC in later years. It would be two more years before Rochester gets a second TV channel. Also in 1951 local news is 15 min. long starting at 6:15 p.m. and presented by Earl Woods. National news is also 15 min. and starts at 7:45  with John Cameron Swayze.

Highlights from this issue:

  1. Pictures of students at Val Mates School of Dance on p. 6 and their names on p. 7
  2. NBC will broadcast the Army-Navy football game to the entire US for the first time; p. 9
  3. A short bio of Fred Waring; p. 12-13
  4. An ad for Rudy Valle appearing at the Triton Theater on E. Main St., Rochester; p. 23

Program Highlights (with links to Wikipedia web pages):

  • Saturday, Nov. 3; 5:30 – The Range Rider, a western starring Jock Mahoney.(Buy a 10 episode set of Range Rider on
  • Sunday Nov. 4;  7:30 – Paul Whiteman Revue. Paul Whiteman was known as  the “King” of Jazz.” He was very popular on radio in the 30s & 40s.
  • Monday Nov. 5; 9:00 – Lights Out, a thiller that had first been on Radio.
  • Tuesday Nov. 6; 11:15 p.m. – Racket Squad, police drama. Episode this week, *Babies For Sale.” (Buy a 6 episode set of DVDs of Racket Squad on
  • Wednesday Nov. 7; 8:45 – Aquinas Football Review (15 min.). Football from the local Catholic school.
  • Thursday Nov. 8,; 9:15 – Wrestling (45 min.). Live from the Sports Arena in Rochester. On the card is Pedro Martinez.
  • Friday Nov. 9; 7:30 – Ask the Kids, with local child sensation, Jimmy O’Flynn. Jimmy told jokes and sang. He died Jan. 12, 1952 at age 7 of kidney disease.
  • Weekdays; 1:00 p.m. – The Steve Allen Show. Steve Allen had this show two years before he started the Tonight Show.
  • Weekdays: 7:00 p.m. – Kukla, Fran and Ollie. A puppet show that would probably bore kids today. It had been on TV since 1947.