Don Harron: The Serious Comic, Part 1
Don Harron, the beloved actor, broadcaster, comic, raconteur and mimic died this past January. You may have heard or read the accolades that came his way. There's a wealth of great skits, interviews and appearances from his many years at CBC; more than 1500, in fact. To honour this giant of CBC's past, Rewind presents some great interviews with and by Don to remind you of, or perhaps introduce you to the late, great Don Harron.
The first mention of Don Harron in the CBC Radio archives is from 1945 in a play written by Lister Sinclair called You Can't Stop Now. The story was a warning to Canadians of the dangers that faced us as one of the major producers of uranium. The drama was meant to be a wake-up call to Canadians to prepare to defend ourselves against enemy attacks for this valuable metal. Don had a bit role in the play. He was 21 years old at the time. He went on to take part in many CBC Radio drama productions.
CBC's Telescope featured the Charlottetown festival's artistic director, Jack MacAndrew with Don Harron. Don's writing partner on Anne of Green Gables was Norman Campbell, who composed the music.
In 1977, Harron began a successful five year stint as host of a new program called Morningside. During that time he won an ACTRA award for best radio host.
Next week Rewind features Don Harron in conversation with Canadian icons Timothy Findley, Peter Gzowski and Buffy Ste Marie.
Songs played on the show include selections from Anne of Green Gables:
- Ice Cream
- Humble Pie
- Gee I'm Glad I'm No one Else But Me