Sep 8, 2011 | 7:26Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of CBC Personalities (Clip 6) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of CBC Personalities (Clip 6) Sep 8, 2011 | 7:26Allan McFee spent more than 52 years at CBC Radio, starting in 1937, when he joined the announce staff. Allan McFee was charming and entertaining, irreverent and ornery. Allan had a reputation early on as a rebel at CBC, clashing with producers and bureaucrats who tried in vain to make him toe the line. There are many Allan McFee stories- for instance, he always carried a special pen so he could scribble “POOP” across memos from CBC managers...there was the time he set fire to a memo he didn’t like that was posted on a bulletin board. The time he dotted the studio ceiling with asparagus tips he'd thrown in the air. And for almost a year he delivered the weather forecast for Dribble Lake, Ontario. Except that there was no Dribble Lake, Ontario. Besides general announce duties, Allan hosted Eclectic Circus. It was full of music, stories and a lot of the McFee brand of whimsy.
Sep 22, 2011 | 3:39Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Sports (Clip 1) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Sports (Clip 1) Sep 22, 2011 | 3:39If you say the words hockey and CBC to a certain generation of Canadians, they will say Foster Hewitt. When radio was in its infancy, some people worried that radio reporting would hurt attendance at the games. Why pay for a ticket and go to the game when you could listen to it for free in the comfort of your own home? But Foster Hewitt’s dramatic broadcasts attracted new fans and made sports more popular than ever. For more than half a century, Hewitt was the voice of hockey in Canada. This first clip takes us to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1942 with Foster Hewitt perched high above the ice in his broadcasting gondola. It’s the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.
Nov 10, 2011 | 1:25Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 1) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 1) Nov 10, 2011 | 1:25In 1939 Canada hosted King George and Queen Elizabeth- the first ever visit by a reigning sovereign. CBC Radio, which was just over two years old at the time, had committed 100 staff to cover the visit- two English and two French teams- and purchased a wealth of new equipment including remote amplifiers and custom made microphones. This investment proved invaluable in covering the Second World War when it began just months later. CBC was the voice of Canada at war. CBC reporters told Canadians what their soldiers were doing and helped forge a sense of national identity. Our first clip is from September 3, 1939, when the Prime Minister took to the air to recommend that Canada join Britain and go to war.
Oct 6, 2011 | 8:15Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 1) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 1) Oct 6, 2011 | 8:15One of the great stories of Newfoundland is when it joined Canada in 1949. Joey Smallwood was its first permier, but in the late 1930s, he was a broadcaster. As “Joe the Barrelman,” he hosted a daily radio show about Newfoundland history and traditions.
Also, the fishery has been at the heart of Newfoundland and Newfoundland radio for decades. 81 year old Stella Bury in 1979 talks about growing up with the Atlantic cod. And in the late 1980s allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a St. John’s orphanage called Mount Cashel began to emerge. By 1989, it became synonymous with the abuse inflicted on its residents. The Winter Commission, which investigated some 300 allegations of abuse, released its findings. And an archbishop resigned.
Oct 6, 2011 | 6:47Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 2) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 2) Oct 6, 2011 | 6:47Before there was a CBC, there was the CRBC- the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission. One of its most remarkable events was in April 1936 when J. Frank Willis did a series of reports about three men trapped underground in a gold mine in Moose River, Nova Scotia. For two minutes every half-hour Willis was live on air throughout North America. He continued for 56 hours straight. About 100 million people listened to North America's first live 24-hour news event.
In the late 1940s one of CBC Radio’s most entertaining broadcasters was Max Ferguson. He got his start in Halifax. Listen to this spoof of a commercial that accompanied a popular CBC Radio soap opera.
From Pictou and Naked Man Hill to Crapaud and Chocolate Cove, Atlantic Canada is a treasure trove of memorable place names. Listen to this piece from 1996 and Peter Gzowski’s Morningside.
Oct 6, 2011 | 3:26Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 3) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 3) Oct 6, 2011 | 3:26For most of its history most people got to Prince Edward Island via ferry. Nevertheless, pretty well since Confederation, Islanders dreamed of a bridge or tunnel that that would connect them to the rest of Canada. But would a fixed link sacrifice the island's charm? Although tourists loved the romance of the ferry, not all Islanders were as entranced. In 1988 they were asked to vote on the possibility of a link.
And the link allowed even MORE tourists to buy objects bearing the likeness of Anne of Green Gables. The red-haired orphan girl has been synonymous with Prince Edward Island...and canny entrepreneurs have always found a way to cash in.
Oct 6, 2011 | 4:35Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 4) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 4) Oct 6, 2011 | 4:35In the late 1940’s people in the Maritimes started exporting seed potatoes. Thanks to a soaring global demand for Canada's seed potatoes, Maritime growers couldn’t keep their spuds on Canadian shores for long. In this clip from 1948, the New Brunswick businessman Andrew Dean McCain… founder of the McCain potato empire… talked about shipping potatoes to South America.
Quebec may be home to the majority of French speaking Canadians, but many other provinces have vibrant Francophone communities. In the mid-1960s, singer Edith Butler traveled through New Brunswick's Acadian villages to collect folk songs. Butler is a francophone musician from Paquetville, New Brunswick who has made a name for herself on the world stage. Here she is in 1980.
Oct 6, 2011 | 17:03Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 5) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 5) Oct 6, 2011 | 17:03From the late 1930s to the late 1950s, Maurice Duplessis ruled Quebec with an iron fist. His two terms in office have been labelled “la grande noirceur”- the great darkness. His detractors point to his close ties to the Catholic Church, his meagre investment in social services, and his anti union activities. But supporters recall the tight ship Duplessis ran — Quebec had no debt, minimal unemployment and a booming construction industry. In 1974 on the program This Country in the Morning, Michael Enright discussed Duplessis’ legacy with historian and publisher Conrad Black. Michael asked Mr. Black whether he considered Duplessis a dictator.
In 1977, when the Parti Québécois first introduced Bill 101. Under the bill, even the apostrophe ‘s’ in Eaton's became illegal. The bill's defenders said such measures were necessary to protect a dwindling French culture and language from English dominance.
Oct 6, 2011 | 8:24Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 6) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 6) Oct 6, 2011 | 8:24In 1934 five identical girls called Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile and Marie became instantly famous. They were the Dionne Quintuplets and shortly after their birth in Callender Ontario they were taken from their parents and made wards of the province. For the first nine years of their lives, they lived at a converted hospital called Quintland. On the occasion of their second birthday, CBC Radio recalled their first two years.
The year was 1950 and Toronto was digging the tunnel for a subway. The noise and mess seemed interminable and so the TTC decided to lighten things up with this song.
Oct 6, 2011 | 5:23Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 7) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 7) Oct 6, 2011 | 5:23The Cree called it Miscousipi, Red Water River, and warned early settlers about its hidden capacity for destruction. We know it as the RED River now and we’re now well acquainted with the destruction it can wreak. Listen to a report from 1950.
Until well into the 20th century Metis leader Louis Riel was regarded as misguided and impetuous at best and a psychotic traitor at worst. But more than 100 years after a Tory government hanged Riel for treason, Brian Mulroney's government said Canada had matured as a nation and called for official recognition of Riel's, "unique and historic role as a founder of Manitoba and for his contribution in the development of Confederation." This clip is from 1992- former Prime Minister Joe Clark.
Oct 6, 2011 | 6:23Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 8) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 8) Oct 6, 2011 | 6:23The song ‘Saskatchewan’ was written during the 1930s, when Westerners suffered almost a decade of severe drought conditions. By the end of 1937, it was estimated that two out of every three farmers in the wheat belt of Saskatchewan was destitute.
The writer W.O. Mitchell is best known for his novel Who Has Seen the Wind, and for his CBC drama series Jake and the Kid. Both Saskatchewan and Alberta can lay claim to him- he was born in Saskatchewan, but lived for many years in High River, Alberta, which he credits for inspiring many of his characters. This clip is from 1973.
Oct 6, 2011 | 7:48Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 9) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 9) Oct 6, 2011 | 7:48In 1947 something happened in Leduc Alberta that changed the province’s future profoundly. Alberta was a have-not province, until drillers struck oil at Leduc Number One. It was Imperial Oil's 134th attempt and the company had spent $23 million on 133 dry holes. Listen to a report that recalls that first strike.
Oct 6, 2011 | 11:12Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 10) Audio
Rewind CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 10) Oct 6, 2011 | 11:12In the late 1940s, Kate Aitken was a powerhouse broadcaster for CBC Radio. She was the women’s editor and her programs covered cooking, child care and fashion but also offered a perspective on the wider world of politics and society. In 1949 she went to Vancouver.
Moving further west… and ahead a few decades to 1993. The place is Clayoquot Sound- an area of rainforest on Vancouver Island. B.C.’s premier Mike Harcourt announced that logging would be allowed in the old growth forest- which launched a string of protests. Listen to this interview Michael Enright did in 1993 with Vicky Husband, chair of the Sierra Club of Western Canada in Victoria.