Alabama Journal from Montgomery, Alabama on April 22, 1953 · 17
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Alabama Journal from Montgomery, Alabama · 17

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Wednesday, April 22, 1953
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Television Sections B-C-D Montgomery Television Sections - ALABAMA JOURNAL Montgomery Television Sections 65th YEAR NO. 96 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 2, 1953 Price 5 Cents ontgomery Steps Out Of Fringe Area TV Reception Today With WCOV Beginning Operations As City's First Station Television Sections B-C-D M First Program Is Scheduled For 4:30P.M. Kinescope Film Use Planned For Shows From Four Networks At 4:30 p.m., today, Montgomery will step out of the fringe area right up into the front seat of IT. S. television. Out on Adrian Lane, about three miles southeast of downtown Montgomery electric impulses will begin to flow up the new 460-foot tower of Station WCOV-TV. TV broadcasting will have come to Montgomery. The station will operate for the first few months at 17,000 watts. Just a few short years back. few Montgomerians were aware of the painstaking research being performed by scientists and engineers who sought to transmit images over the air. And those that did could not foresee a brand new entertainment medium mushrooming in a little over a decade. Even prior to World War II. television still seemed a thing of the distant future so far as Montgomery was concerned. However, the continuing research, experiments, and planning were beginning to pay off. Shortly after the end of the war, manufacturers were ready to put practical, satisfactory television sets on the market. The television boom began. Station Okehed In 19."2 It still took a little time to reach Montgomery. The go ahead sign dirin t come until Sept. 17, 1952, when the Federal Communications Commission granted WCOV-TV a permit to build a commercial television station. It was just a few weeks later that work began on the combination studio - transmitter station building on Adrian Lane. Work has continued right up to now, when WCOV-TV engineers are making final adjustment to transmitting equipment. The studio-transmitter building djoir.s the Dresent transmitter building of WCOV AM and FM.j The tower is located some 200 feet south of the radio tower. j New Studio Planned 1 Eventual plans call for the use! of the television tower for both radio and television. It is aisoj fi' "v'$ WCOV-TV PRESIDENT IS OSCAR COVINGTON A native Montgomerian, he is president of the Capitol Broadcasting Co. Ho is also a past president of the Montgomery Retail Merchants Association and a past commander of the Montgomery American Legion Post. VICE PRESIDENT OF WCOV-TV is Miss Clara Covington, shown above. Miss Covington is a native of Montgomery. A member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, she also participates actively in the work of the Rosemary Garden Club. 88$. JJ 3?"V- " ; - '-v ' GENERAL MANAGER of the WCOV-TV is Hugh Smith, with 20 years experience in radio. Before joining WCOV as manager, he was manager of WGWC of Selma. Earlier he was manager of WAML, Laurel, Miss, until 1945, and. alter a snort hitch in tne isavy, manaeer ana cart owner oi a studio for live broadcasts, which, new station. WLAL". in Laurel. will oria.nate for the tirre being, He is now president of the jn the 20 nv 2 ) toot studio. i WCOV-TV will telecast pro- rarrs from all four major tele-j (See TV STATION, Page 6-K) Montuomerv Exchange CYub. and has been active in Red Cross, Community Chest, and other civic activities . SALES MANAGER for the new television station is Morris South, a former member of the WCOV radio sales staff. South was connected with newspaper work in Montgomery for several years before entering the radio field. He is a native of Alabama, and attended Alabama Military Institute in Anniston and Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham. What Can Be Expected From Television Here Is Shown By Experience Elsewhere Ju-t what w-i!l television mean the to coming of, Most families in other areas, tion Mont com- where TV stations are operating tuaily cnans? nave re First, it wi'.l mean the sale of to con manv more television sets, with eportedly found it difficult than to the lce-ntrate on games while 'priced ringside in championship fights ac- clnser to the TV viewer occupants of high- e teats. ome exciting or entertaining ac- Hockey and basKC toall are a the better and more reliable re- t:on is taking place just a few nUle too last lor really eiiective rention. More of the tall slender . feet away on their television televising. And in bascoall, the TV towers will break the Mont- screens. jwide playing field make? it hard jomcrv skyline. j Surprisingly, television has ap-jfor the television camera to cover Beyond that, it's hard to .specu-; patently failed to hurt sports at- all the action, late on the impact of television tendance among TV owners. Sur-1 In football, television can be here. However, if the experience veys have indicated that the new done a little more satisfactorily of other cities is anv indication, owner of a television set doesn't jthan in baseball, because the ac-lt will probably mean more Mont-'attend sports events as regularly ;tion is usually concentrated in a gomerians will spend more time as before when he first gets his 'smaller area. at home. ' 'set, but after a year or so, he be-j However, rapid progress is be- That applies especially to the'gins to attend them more often. ;ing made in the technique of tele-mall frv. An indication of this is; Boon To Sports Fan vising all sports events. With the a survey made bv educator? in an I And, speaking of sports, tele- use of more cameras, and more Eastern city Stamford, N'.J. vision is prooably the greatest experience and know-how, you where it was found that children 'boon that has ever come to the won't be missing much of the ac-from 11 to 15 vears spent as'avid sports fan. Ition in anv television sportscast. much time looking at television! Boxing has proved to be the News Events as thev did at school. Isport best adapted to TV screen- More Time At Home mg. This is because the camera jbiggest attractions lies in the cov- Adults, .too, can be expected to'can be placed close to the ringjerage of major news events, spend much more time at home'and because of the limited areaj An outstanding example of this in their living rooms, and prob- in which the two fighters can; fact was the recent television sblv read less and play less move. Icoverage of the Democratic and bridge and other card games. The TV camera brings the ac-l (See TELEVISION, Page 6-B) Of course, one of television's WCOV-TV, Channel 20, Program Schedule Wednesday, April 22, Tuesday, April 28 WEDNESDAY 4:30 p.m. Trees To Paper F. 4:45 p.m. Great Britain F. 5:00 p.m. Western Theater FKB. 6:00 p.m. Sports Reel LSXLET. 6:15 p.m. Industry on Parade F. 6:30 p.m. TV Weather News LSXB. 6:35 p.m. The News Picture LSXB. 6:45 p.m. Music Shop (Participation) LSXBF. 7:00 p.m. Montgomery, Center of The New South FXL. 7:30 p.m. Arthur Godfrey and Friends CBS-K. 8:00 p.m. Little Red Schoolhouse F. 8:30 p.m. Corralling The Colorado F, 9:00 p.m. Home Theater FXETB ? 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. THURSDAY 4:15 p.m. One Third Your Life F. 4:30 p.m. Kate Smith NBC-K. 4:45 p.m. Road Show F. 5:00 p.m. Adventure Theater FXB. 6:00 p.m. Sports Reel LSXBET. 6:15 p.m. This Is The Saar F. 6:30 p.m. TV Weather News LSXB. 6:35 p.m. The News Picture LSXB. 6:45 p.m. Music Shop (Participation) LSXBF. 7:00 p.m. Groucho Marx, "You Bet Your Life" NBC-F. 7:30 p.m. Life of Riley NBC F. 8:00 p.m. Home Theater FXBET. 9:30 p.m. Racket Squad CBS-K (Alternate Weeks). 10:00 p.m. One Bomb. One Plane F. 10:30 p.m. Late Nevrs Roundup XB. FRIDAY 4:30 p.m. Maid of Cotton In Latin America F, 4:45 p.m.-What's Your Safety I.Q. F. 5:00 p.m. Western Theater FXB. 6:00 p.m. Sports Reel LSXBET. 6:15 p.m. Trees For Tomorrow F. 6:30 p.m. TV Weather News LSXB. 6:35 p.m. The News Picture LSXB. 6:45 p.m. Music Shop (Participation) LSXBF. 7:00 p.m. Dennis Day NBC-K. 7:30 p.m. My Friend Irma CBS-K. 8:00 p.m. Playhouse Of Stars CBS-F. 8:30 p.m. Boxing From Rainbow FXB. 9:00 p.m. Home Theater FXBET! 10:00 p.m. Death From A Distance F. 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. 10:35 p.m. Program Resume and Sign Off XB. 10:37 p.m. National Anthem F. SATURDAY 4:15 p.m. Maid Goes South F. 4:30 p.m. Big Top CBS-K. 5:30 p.m. Cartoon Carnival (Participating) FXB. 6:00 p.m. Western Theater FXB. 7:00 p.m. Bar Twenty" Barn Dance (Participating) -LSXB. 7:30 p.m. Bar "Twenty" Barn Dance (Participating)-LSXB. 8:00 p.m. Home Theater FXBET. 8:30 p.m. Home Theater FXBET. 9:00 p.m. Quiz Kids CBS-K. 9:30 p.m. Your Hit Parade CBS-K. 10:00 p.m. Israel Anniversary DuMont-K. 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. SUNDAY 3:00 p.m. World's Most Famous Beach F. 3:30 p.m. Water In The West F. 4:00 p.m. Sunday Plavhouse FXBET. 6:00 p.m. You A"re There CBS-K (Alternating Weeks) 6:30 p.m. Private Secretary CBS-K. 7:00 p.m. Journev Together F. 8:00 p.m. The Fred Waring Show CBS-K. 8:30 p.m. Shanghai Gesture F. 9:00 p.m. The Web CBS-K. 9:30 p.m. Home Theater FXBET. 10:00 p.m. Home Theater FXBET. 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. MONDAY 4:30 p.m. Breeding Better Food Crops F. 4:45 p.m. Something New Under the Sun F. 5:00 p.m. Western theater FXB. 6:00 p.m. Sports Reel LSXBET. 6:15 p.m. Portugal F. 6:30 p.m. TV Weather News LSXB. 6:35 p.m. The News Picture LSXB. 6:45 p.m. Music Shop LSXBF. 7:00 p.m. Burns and Allen CBS-K. 7:30 p.m. Dangerous Assignment FXB. 8:00 p.m. I Love Lucy CBS-F. 8:30 p.m. Red Buttons CBS-K. 9:00 p.m. Robert Montgomery Presents NBC-K. (Alternate Weeks). 10:00 p.m. Rough Seas F. 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. TUESDAY 4:30 p.m. Search For Security F. 4:45 p.m. Cruise and Resort F. 5:00 p.m. Adventure Theater FXB. 6:00 p.m. Sports Reel LSXBET. 6:15 p.m. Cargo Critical F. 6:30 p.m. TV Weather News LSXB. 6:35 p.m. The News Picture LSXB. 6:45 p.m. Music Shop (Participating) LSXBF. 7:00 p.m. The Big Picture F. 7:30 p.m. This Is The Life F. 8:00 p.m. City Hospital CBS-K. (Crime Syndicated, Alternate). 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Wrestling (Participating) FXBET. 9:00 p.m. Easy Money F. 9:30 p.m. Home Theater F. 10:30 p.m. Late News Roundup XB. KEY NOTE: Programs subject to last minute change due to non-arrival of film. K Video Recording L Local Live F Film X Slide S Studio ET Electric! Transcription B Announcer in Booth REC Recording F:'' W. '"m'T- 7.r.''.y ' ' TALLEST THING in Montgomery is Station WCOV-TV's lofty (460 feet tall) television tower, shown at the upper right. Slender though it is, the tower is of very strong construction and scientifically designed to stand up under the force of strong winds. Helping hold the tower erect despite stress and strain are numerous guy wires, strong cables which stretch from the tower to the ground in several directions. Atop the tower is a flasher beacon to warn away aircraft that might be flying in the vicinity at night. Below the tower is shown the highly complex transmitter of the new TV station. Watching the op-ration of the transmitter are Station Manager Hugh Smith, left, and W. D. Weatherly, chief engineer. Behind the decep tively simple array of knobs and switches shown in the larger picture is a bewilderingly complex maze of wires and other attachments. The inset picture shows some of the multitude of wires that are necessary in a television transmitter. The 1,000 watts transmitter is especially designed for Channel 20, and is of the latest design in equipment of this kind. Wires run from the camera through the transmitter and out to the antenna. On the left of the panel is the audio, (sound) controlling section. The video (picture) section is at the right. In the picture at bottom right is Weatherly adjusting the slide projector which permits pictures and lettered objects to be telecast. Facing the projector is the film camera; on either side are film projectors used to show motion picture film on TV. These projectors will be used for all network programs initially, pending completion of relay stations which will bring the "live" broadcasts into Montgomery. Programs that are televised over the national networks will be shown one week later here, except for the programs that are filmed. These programs will appear on Montgomery screens at the sime time as they do elsewhere in the country. Later facilities will allow broadcast of local 'programs to supplement those from networks. In the center picture, Technician Leslie Bankert sits at the control desk where programs are monitored before they go on the air. The pictures are flashed on the screen at the right of th panel. At the left is one of the wide variety of television programs Montgomerians can look forward to witnessing when the new station goes on the air. Performing for television audiences from coast-to-coast is a trainer and tiger, going through their paces before a yawning lion and thousands of TV viewers. The program is the "Big Top," which features circus performances. Other programs to be broadcast here will include comedy routines, musical shows, adventure and detective stories, and a wide variety of entertainment. (Photo by Kraus.)

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