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Kids Network News

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

What do Star Trek, a heron and Sir Edmund Hillary have in common? Not a lot, but they were all making the Kids Network News on Dec. 8, 1979. On the program Anybody Home?, CBC Radio host Russ Germain brings you some interesting and unusual news, including why a Toronto man was arrested for not believing in Santa Claus.
• Kids Network News host and self-proclaimed "announcersaurus" Russ Germain retired in 2002 after a 29-year career with the CBC, including hosting CBC Radio's flagship grown-up news program, The World at Six. He was diagnosed with cancer after his retirement and died on February 2, 2009.

• Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to successfully scale Mount Everest (along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzig Norgay.) Hillary died on Jan. 11, 2008 at the age of 88. A renowned conservationist and humanitarian, Hillary helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity projects in Nepal. The unassuming beekeeper long refused to say whether he or Norgay was really first atop Everest, saying the two climbed as a team. He finally broke his silence in 1999, 54 years after the ascent and 13 years after Norgay's death, admitting that he reached the summit a moment before the Sherpa.

• In 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the most expensive film ever made, with production costs of $46 million US. In 2007, that dubious honor was claimed by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which cost approximately $300 million US.

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Dec. 8, 1979
Host: Russ Germain
Duration: 6:03

Last updated: June 19, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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