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Radio days in Canada, before CBC

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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CBC Radio reporter Bob Bowman shares his memories of Canadian radio before the CBC.
Medium: Radio
Program: Voice of the Pioneer
Broadcast Date: March 11, 1984
Guest(s): Bob Bowman
Host: Bill McNeil
Duration: 8:14

Last updated: January 3, 2013

Page consulted on April 4, 2014

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