Kate Aitken: Sunday dinner
For busy housewives in postwar Canada, Kate Aitken's singsong voice was a welcome diversion from their everyday duties. Three days a week, Mrs. A and a rotating cast of male sidekicks shared advice on cooking, child care and fashion and offered a perspective on the broader world of women and politics. Only eight Kate Aitken programs from 1948 to 1950 survive, but they allow a glimpse into an era when "women's programming" was its own category at CBC and the ads were just part of the conversation.
• CFRB radio in Toronto was Kate Aitken's first steady broadcast job, starting in 1934. CJAD in Montreal picked up her syndicated show later, and her CBC program ran Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting in 1948.
Program: Kate Aitken
Broadcast Date: Nov. 19, 1948
Guest(s): Dr. Paul Auger
Host: Kate Aitken, Mac McCurdy
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Dirk Richter
Last updated: June 14, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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