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Radio pioneers remember the early days

On a summer's day in 1927, Canadians coast to coast sat enthralled before their radio sets as Prime Minister Mackenzie King spoke to them from Parliament Hill. Through the 1930s radio kept them entertained, and in wartime radio kept them informed. Then, Canadians were captivated all over again by television. In 1952 a bald puppet named Uncle Chichimus ushered them into the TV age, and in 1966 an animated butterfly made Canadian TV a more colourful pace.

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Radio pioneers look back on primitive studios and build-it-yourself radios.
Medium: Radio
Program: IDEAS
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1986
Guests: Jack Carlyle, Doc Cruikshank, A.A. Murphy, Michael Nolan, Graham Spry
Reporter: David Cayley
Duration: 6:39

Last updated: September 8, 2014

Page consulted on November 12, 2014

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