This Country in the Morning
(CBC Still Photo Collection/CBC Image Research Library)
This advertisement for radio program, This Country in the Morning
, appeared in 1972.
Debuting in 1971, This Country in the Morning
broke new ground in CBC Radio morning programming, running a record three hours long.
Host Peter Gzowski described This Country in the Morning
as a show of conversation, puzzles, games, essays, recipes, advice, music, nostalgia, contests, skits, arguments and emotions. It was the most popular CBC Radio show at the time.
But after three seasons as the host of This Country in the Morning
, Gzowski said goodbye to radio on June 28, 1974. In the last few minutes of the final program, an emotional Gzowski thanked his listeners, saying he's taking time off for a rest and a change. He ended the show by promising to return to CBC Radio one day.Listen to Gzowski sign-off:
After his final time hosting, other hosts were Helen Hutchinson, Michael Enright, Judy LaMarsh and Hana Gartner. Regular contributor Danny Finkleman fronted the Saturday show when it began in 1972. Judy LaMarsh took the reins in Sept. 1975 -- her program Judy
ran one season.
Hutchinson, was almost a co-host when This Country in the Morning
began, but she later left the show and moved on to TV. Finkleman later hosted his own music/talk program, Finkleman's 45's
, from the mid-1980s until 2005.
Gzowski once said hosting This Country in the Morning
was the most exhilarating, exciting and rewarding three years of his life. After leaving the show, he later wrote, "given everything I know now, I would never have left it at the time."
CBC management had enticed Gzowski and his executive producer, Alex Frame, to TV. They hoped the team, which had revitalized morning radio, would do the same for late-night television with 90 Minutes Live
During the summer of 1975, This Country in the Morning
was replaced by a program called Sunny Days
After the end of Judy
, during the summer of 1976, the show was replaced by a program called This Morning
with different hosts such as Allan McFee, Hana Gartner, John O'Leary and Laurier LaPierre.
On September 20, 1976, the program was renamed Morningside
, hosted by Don Harron. After hosting 90 Minutes Live
on CBC Television, Gzowski returned to CBC radio as full time host of Morningside
on September 6, 1982.
Posted on Oct 6, 2011 6:00:00 AM