Three Moose River rescuers remember
It happened fast. Three men were suddenly trapped 43 metres underground when Nova Scotia's Moose River gold mine collapsed on Apr. 12, 1936. Fellow miners flocked to help, and reporters from across Canada gathered to cover the dramatic rescue effort. For one of them it was a career-changing event. For 56 hours straight, J. Frank Willis of the CRBC (precursor to the CBC) stayed awake to give radio reports every half-hour until two survivors were rescued on Apr. 23. Willis's groundbreaking round-the-clock coverage changed perceptions of the purpose of radio, and influenced the path CBC Radio would take in its formative years.
Program: 1st Edition
Broadcast Date: April 10, 1996
Guest(s): Lou Logan, Debbie Macdonald, Lewis Miller, Nate Redden
Reporter: Paul Withers
Last updated: November 5, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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