A trip back to 1948 on CBC Radio. We'll go through a weekend's worth of programming to give you a flavour of what a CBC Radio listener might have heard back then. First, a little context.
For the most part, the deprivations of the Depression and the Second World War were over and Canadians were starting to live the good life. New CBC transmitters were popping up across the country on the two networks- the TransCanada and the Dominion, and the CBC was producing about 80 per cent of the material it broadcast. Programming was becoming more innovative- with offerings such as CBC Wednesday Night, a weekly three-hour block of highbrow culture: theatre, literature and classical music. CBC chair Davidson Dunton recognized its appeal might be limited when he said, "More people seem interested in listening to the country music of Holiday Ranch than La Bohème, but we feel that people who like La Bohème should have freedom to hear opera, too."
Exciting too was the gradual process of bringing television to Canada -- a plan championed by Dunton and put into place in 1948 despite a lack of support from the federal government.
Listen for the stories and sounds of 1948 on this edition of Rewind.