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CBC ramps up 75th anniversary celebrations with special programming on TV, radio and online in the run-up to November 2

Special programming is ramping up as we approach the big day on November 2 - CBC's official 75th anniversary.  CBC-TV, CBC Radio and CBC.CA are offering a range of special programming in the culmination of 75 DAYS OF PROGRAMMING to help mark the milestone.
"From our early roots in radio, through groundbreaking television and now a leader in the online space, we are celebrating our 75th anniversary with very special offerings on all of our platforms that will engage and delight long-time CBC fans and new audiences alike," said Kirstine Stewart,  executive vice-president of CBC English Services.

Upcoming 75th Anniversary programming highlights include:

CBC WAS THERE - CBC News vignettes
Through Nov. 2, turn to CBC News for CBC Was There, a series of short vignettes reminding us of key moments experienced by generations of Canadians. It's an eclectic selection of archival news stories that speak about our triumphs as well as our tragedies--from political news stories to the "feel good" items that reflect our diverse human experience. 
And on Nov. 2, tune to CBC News Network, CBC Radio One and CBCNews.ca throughout the day for stories, archival clips and interviews reflecting CBC's 75th anniversary.

Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29, 11 a.m. (11:30 p.m. NT) - CBC Radio One

In a very special two-part episode, This Is That looks back on the lesser-known milestones of the past 75 years of the CBC.  From the accidental first broadcast in the '30s to a touching retrospective on CBC's longest running radio drama, 'Canada Town', Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring won't just remind you of CBC's glorious history--they'll rewrite it.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT) - CBC Radio One

Recorded live at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, host Michael Enright is joined by a constellation of CBC stars past and present plus special musical guests for a look at key moments and music that have helped make CBC Radio what it is today. Singer-songwriters Serena Ryder, Sylvia Tyson (also author and former host of CBC Radio's Touch The Earth) and Molly Johnson (host of Radio 2 Morning) will perform live with a band featuring acclaimed jazz artist Guido Basso and under the musical direction of Joe Sealy. Other confirmed guests include Mark Starowicz, executive director, Documentary Programming; Judy Maddren, former host of CBC Radio One's World Report; and Royal Canadian Air Farce's Don Ferguson; plus satirical skits written by renowned Canadian playwright Jason Sherman.

Sunday, Oct 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. NT) - CBC Radio 2

Host Bill Richardson presents eight concerts recorded in cities coast-to-coast, ranging from choral and symphonic to chamber and Celtic/baroque, including a concert featuring singers Isabel Bayrakdarian, Ben Heppner, Marianne Fiset, Aline Kutan, and Julie Boulianne, with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Debus. http://www.cbc.ca/radio2   & http://www.espace.mu    

Monday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 4, 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) - CBC Radio One

Ideasexamines the crucial episodes in the history of the CBC, including the Golden Age of radio, the CBC's fight for political independence and the origins of television. The five-part series features interviews with trail blazers such as Graham Spry, considered the father of public broadcasting in Canada, who were instrumental in shaping the CBC from its beginnings to the present day.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m. (12 p.m. NT) - CBC Radio One
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. NT) - CBC Television

A special 75th Anniversary TV and radio edition of this side-splitting comedy show pits Charlie Demers against Sean Cullen to debate David Suzuki versus Don Cherry, and Rebecca Kohler against Dave Hemstad to debate News versus Sports.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. NT) - CBC Radio One

The Current celebrates CBC's 75th anniversary with a tour of studios past. Going back through the decades, Anna Maria Tremonti will re-visit some of CBC Radio's ground-breaking programs, hear from memorable hosts, and take listeners back through time. 
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12 - 7 p.m. (12:30 - 7:30 p.m. NT) - CBC Radio 2

In celebration of 75 years of Canadian music and CBC broadcasting, CBC Radio 2 is pre-empting regular programming to present Raised on Radio: a decade-by-decade countdown of Canada's most essential songs. 

The show begins with a survey of the '30s, and each successive hour celebrates a different decade in Canadian music. We'll look at the big bands of the '40s, the doo-wop groups of the '50s, the revolutionary '60s, the hard-rocking '70s, all the way to the hit-makers of today. Along with many of Canada's best tunes, and memories from the CBC archives, listeners will hear behind-the-music stories from Susan Jacks, Ian Thomas, Jay Ferguson of Sloan, Erica Ehm of MuchMusic, and many others. http://www.cbc.ca/raisedonradio   

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) - CBC Radio 2
Recorded live in concert at Glenn Gould Studio, Feist performs an exclusive Radio 2 concert with songs from her hotly anticipated new album, Metals. Special guests include album contributors Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bry Webb (Constantines), Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear), Doug Paisley, Joel Gibb (The Hidden Cameras) and Mocky.
1 DAY 
Special encore presentation
Thursday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) - CBC Television

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, CBC set out across Canada to document the lives of Canadians in a unique 24-hour snapshot of the country, capturing moments of tension, triumph, longing and love. In addition to the CBC crews, Canadians submitted their own videos of that day. With footage from coast to coast to coast, the documentary special 1 Day is a true collaboration between CBC and Canadians

Ongoing through Nov. 2

CBC.CA/75 is the "go-to" spot for the latest information and background on CBC's 75th programming. Visitors can delve deep into the CBC photo archives, which reveal some of the most memorable and unique moments from the last seven decades.  Among its interactive offerings, the website also offers special features, including games, logo mash-ups and a chance for visitors to upload their photos alongside favourite CBC programs and share it with friends online.

Be part of the conversation around CBC's 75th anniversary on Facebook, featuring an Image of the Day gallery and links to the coolest blogs. www.facebook.com/pages/CBC-Radio-Canada-75th-Anniversary

This is something to Tweet about! Join the conversation by following the hashtag #cbc75th.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

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