CBC Radio takes to the air
Broadcast Date: Nov. 4, 1936
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Nov. 2, 1936 launches a new era in Canadian broadcasting. It's the first
day for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which replaces the Canadian
Radio Broadcasting Commission. In this clip, CBC Chairman Leonard
Brockington tells listeners they can expect many new things from the new
broadcaster. Its governors, he says, have ideas and ideals that are
"almost as numerous as apple blossoms in the Annapolis Valley or peach
blossoms in the Okanagan."
Of the 74 radio stations in Canada, the CBC owns three and leases four
more. Private or public, virtually all are dwarfed by more powerful
American stations, and it will be a challenge for the CBC to ensure
Canadians can hear their own radio. Brockington pledges to provide a wide
variety of programming for listeners. "It is hoped that the radio in
Canada will be a welcome guest at your family fireside, and not a skeleton
in your family cupboard," he says.
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