Radio revolution with CBC's As It Happens
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.
At the time, the idea of initiating phone calls to the outside world from inside a studio is groundbreaking. It turns the familiar concept of a phone-in talk show on its head. Using rotary telephones, the hosts broadcast live to each time zone and conduct five and a half hours of live conversation each night. They bring newsmakers, politicians and a colourful array of characters from around the world into the homes of Canadians.
Phillip Forsyth (1968 - 1969)
Harry Brown (1968 - 1974)
William Ronald (1968 - 1971)
Cy Strange (1971 - 1973)
Barbara Frum (1971 - 1981)
Alan Maitland (1974 - 1993)
Elizabeth Gray (1981 - 1985)
Dennis Trudeau (1985 - 1987)
Michael Enright (1987 - 1997)
Barbara Budd (1993 - present)
Mary Lou Finlay (1997 - 2005)
Carol Off (2006 - present)
• By 1973 As it Happens took on its current format: a daily 90-minute show with two hosts under the leadership of the young executive producer Mark Starowicz. Although Starowicz and Barbara Frum claim to have initially hated each other, the two quickly became and remained the closest of friends.
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Oct. 21, 1973
Guest(s): Barbara Frum
Host: Mary Lou Finlay
Last updated: November 8, 2012
Page consulted on March 25, 2013
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