TV Week that wasn't
November 22 1963. It's the last Friday before Thanksgiving and BANG... The President of the United States is shot dead while riding in his motorcade in Dallas. The entire nation is in shock.
So what's on TV?
Probably just news reports and updates of the terrible tragedy for the near and foreseeable future... plus the live reports of national mourning, the presidential funeral and other sad but related events.
But what was supposed to be on?
My mom always made it a habit to squirrel away newspaper clippings from big-time historical events while I was growing up...though sometimes it seemed like she 'd just grab any ol' part of the paper and stick it in the savin' pile. This was one of those occasions. For reasons unknown she saved the TV section from the week directly following JFK's assasination. This section must've already been all finished and typeset 'cause there's no hint that the biggest story in the world has even taken place. Doubtless a lot of this programming never saw the airwaves (Just like after 911) so keep that in mind as you peruse this entry. If JFK had just been riding in a hardtop that Friday the world might've spun more like it does in print here --at least as far as Atlanta TV goes.
Wow, three big channels --but almost always something to watch! No indication of Ted Turner or even TBS yet (which was the UHF station WTCG when Ted first came on the TV scene --more about that later).
And in case you didn't remember --or maybe weren't born yet--virtually all TV sections in big-city newspapers were printed primarily in green in the 1960's. Who knows why? Actually though, Atlanta did have one UHF station in the form of Channel 30. (which ran a lot of PBS-type stuff) Their listings ran in only one place in the section like this:
Lastly, watch out for Channel 5 in '64...They've got this whole "clear-as-life" tape deal goin' on...
(Now, if they can find someone who can rub-on letraset type in a straight line...)
That's it for now. More kick-ass stuff later this week.