Junos

Inside the Junos, episode 1: the story of the first Juno Awards

For the inaugural CBC Music podcast, we look at what happened that first broadcast in 1975.

For the inaugural CBC Music podcast, we look at what happened that first broadcast in 1975

Paul Anka hosted the first-ever televised presentation of the Juno Awards, broadcast on CBC-TV network on March 25, 1975. (CBC Still Photo Collection)

Do Canadians like music as much as they like hockey? That was the question in 1975, when the Juno Awards went to air for its first televised broadcast. No one knew the answer. 

The CBC was willing to give it a try, but asked the show's producer one thing: to land the biggest Canadian star in the world to host. This is the story of how Canada's biggest draw in Las Vegas came to host the first Junos, along with great moments from that show from the CBC Archives. 

Listen to CBC Music's inaugural Inside the Junos podcast below, and come back each week for another episode leading up to the 47th broadcast on March 25, 2018.

Do Canadians like music as much as they like hockey? This was the question in 1975, when the JUNO Awards first went to air for its first televised broadcast. No one knew. The CBC was willing to give it a try, but asked the producer one thing...to land the biggest Canadian star in the world to host. This is the story of how Canada's biggest draw in Las Vegas came to host the first JUNOS, along with great moments from that show from the CBC archives. 15:28

Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2018 Juno Awards broadcast live from the Rogers Centre in Vancouver on March 25 at cbcmusic.ca/junos.

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