Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena

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Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena
Genre Sports
Presented by Chris Schenkel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60–90 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (1946-1948)
DuMont (1954-1956)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run 1946 – August 6, 1956 (1956-08-06)

Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena is an American sports program originally broadcast on NBC from 1946 to 1948, and later on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from 1954 to 1956.

Broadcast history[edit]

The DuMont version was hosted by Chris Schenkel.[1]

This regularly scheduled program, which aired boxing matches from St. Nicholas Arena in New York City on Monday nights, is notable for being the final program to air on DuMont. The last network-aired program was broadcast on August 6, 1956, though a few remaining programs were seen locally on New York's WABD afterward.[1]

With limited finances, DuMont aired many sports programs throughout its history. Boxing, wrestling, basketball, and football were always network mainstays, even during prime time, as they were cheaper than most scripted programs and filled large programming blocks that would otherwise have gone unfilled.[2] Most of DuMont's regular series were cancelled on April 1, 1955, and the last non-sports program, the game show What's the Story, left the airwaves on September 23, 1955, leaving only a few cheaply produced sports programs on the schedule.

However, by August 1956, even DuMont's sports programs, including Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena, were axed.

Episode status[edit]

About 60 episodes of the DuMont version, including the final program on August 6, 1956, survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. However, some of these episodes are from the non-network version which continued to run on WABD after the network closed (these are also notable due to the rarity of kinescopes of local programming aired on United States television stations during the 1950s).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network TV Shows (Third ed.). New York: Ballantine. pp. 113–114. ISBN 0-345-31864-1. 
  2. ^ The DuMont Television Network Historical Web Site

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