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'The biggest job for any broadcaster'

In the spring of 1939, a new King and his gracious Queen captured the hearts of Canadians. As war loomed overseas, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the country by train to meet their subjects and bolster the bonds of Empire. From small-town whistle stops to bustling cities, eager crowds cheered, sang and waited for hours, eager for a glimpse of royalty. CBC mobilized a crew of 100 to cover the tour, producing a rich radio archive of that royal spring.

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Veteran broadcaster Bob Bowman describes the challenges and delights of covering the 1939 royal tour for CBC.
Medium: Radio
Program: Between Ourselves
Broadcast Date: Nov. 16, 1973
Guest: Bob Bowman
Host:
Duration: 2:10
Photo: Library and Archives Canada / C-035115

Last updated: May 15, 2014

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