Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King (CBC Still Photo Collection)
Canada Calling- the inaugural broadcast of a program that in 1945 sent a taste of Canada to the world. It was a way for soldiers who were posted overseas to get some sounds from home.
Rewind goes back to 1945 and the beginning of CBC Radio's voice to the world.
In February 1945, the Second World War may have been reaching its conclusion in Europe, but there were many thousands of homesick Canadian soldiers serving abroad who longed for a taste of home. It was primarily these listeners who the variety program Canada Calling was trying to reach.
on this edition of Rewind was the inaugural broadcast and it first aired in February 1945. After the national anthem, the prime
minister, William Lyon MacKenzie King, commented on the value of
international radio programming, saying that the unity of Canada could
serve as a model for the rest of the world.
By the end of the war, the CBC radio service was telling the world about Canada in over a dozen languages. It led to the launch of Radio Canada International, which until the spring of 2012 broadcast CBC Radio programming to the world.