Public Broadcasting in NF turns 80

As It Happens

Happy 80th to public broadcasting on The Rock! On November 14th, 1932 -- that the Voice of Newfoundland, or VONF, first began broadcasting. Seven years later, the government of Newfoundland established the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, or BCN. The corporation bought the VONF and expanded radio service throughout the country. A decade later, Newfoundland joined Confederation, and the CBC took over as the province's official public broadcaster. So in tribute to the birth of broadcasting in Newfoundland, have a listen to a couple of examples of its earliest programming: The first is from Aunt Kate,The Barrelman featuring Newfoundland's future first premier, Joey Smallwood, then a bit of Calling from Britain to Newfoundland, with Margot Davies.

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