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1925: The Canadian National Railways set up a network of stations coast-to-coast mostly for the benefit of their train passengers.  This network would eventually become the CBC.  The call letters were CNR with the first letter of the city as it’s last call letter.  CNRV started at AM 1100.  The station signed-on on Aug. 1 with a power of 500 watts  on Tuesday and Friday evenings only from the C.N.R. station precided over by Mr. F.B.C. Hilton.   More on CNR Radio.

1929:   Dec. 19 7 PM: CNRV was linked to the rest of the CNR Radio Network.

1932: CNRV 1030 AM 500 watts.

1933:  March 1: The Canadian Broadcasting Radio Commission bought the CNR Radio Network. The Commission acted not only as the forerunner of the CBC, but was also the regulator.

 April 16: CNRV became CRCV 1100.

1936:  Nov. 2: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is formed and local CRCV at 1100 AM broadcasts it’s first night’s programs from 5-10:45 pm.     CBC Radio history.
CBC history from CBC-Radio Canada.


1937:  Feb. 16:  CRCV moves into its new studios in the Hotel Vancouver. A special 6-hour nation-wide broadcast was aired from 6 pm-midnight.  Power increased from 500 watts to 10,000 watts. 

Oct. 1: The new CBC radio station officially changes call letters from CRCV to CBR still at AM 1100. Its broadcast day extends from 8 am-11 pm daily.  CBC Radio Vancouver history.

1940:  In the first move to expand CBC Radio service to B.C.'s interior CBC Radio opened its first low power relay transmitter (LPRT) in Revelstoke at AM 840 with a power of 20 watts.

1941: March 29:  CBR 1100 moves to AM 1130. This is a result of the new Havana Radio Treaty which governs which radio frequencies are available to which country throughout the Caribbean and North America.  Over 2000 radio stations throughout North America made the frequency switch at 3 am ET/ midnight Pacific time.

1944: Jan. 2: CBC Radio starts the Dominion Network with CJOR Vancouver, CJVI Victoria and CHWK Chilliwack as the local affiliates.

1947: Nov. 21: After a brief test period, Vancouver's first FM station CBR FM 105.7 went on the air.  It was a simulcast of CBR, then CBU until 1965.  It was known as VE9FG.

1952: Jan. 25: At 8:30 pm CBR 1130 becomes CBU 690.   There is a 30- minute CBU Special at 8:30 followed by a Robbie Burns Special at 9:05 pm. The launch of CBU meant a power increase from 5000 watts to 10,000 watts. At this point CBC Radio had 17 low-power relay transmitters throughout B.C.  None of them were within the area covered by this website.

1953: Dec. 16 6:15 pm: A special 30-minute "Salute to CBUT" Special was aired to commemorate the launching on the new CBC TV service in Vancouver.

1956: June 2:  CBC Radio rebroadcaster CBUE 740 Hope signs on. At this time there were 30 other low power relay transmitters located throughout B.C.

Nov. 8: CBU FM 105.7 begins daily regular programming separate from CBU AM.  It’s programming consists of mainly recorded classical music and BBC programs. CBU FM station history. 

2008: Oct. 3: CBC Radio One begins duplicating its service on FM 88.1.

 This "Gallery" will focus on local programming from CBC Radio, British Columbia as well as profiling some of the best known national programs which were popular as well.

This section will feature CBC Radio's program schedules.   First,  CBC Radio's first night on the air on Nov. 3, 1936.  Then 6 different years of program highlights only from 1939-1966. Then from 1968-1980, the Vancouver Radio Museum will feature full program schedules and one from Jan. 1983. 

CBC Program highlights from 1955: "Sports Desk" with Bill Good, Sr. at 8:10 am Mon-Sat. "BBC News" every day at 9 am; "Metropolitan Opera" Saturdays 11 am-3 pm from Dec. 3; "Hockey Night in Canada" Sat. 6 pm; Sat 8 pm: "Hotel Downbeat" with MC Barney Potts with vocalist Don Franks and Lance Harrison; "Hot Air" Sat. 11 pm-midnight; "Vancouver Symphony" Sun. 4-5 pm; "The Happy Gang" M-F 10:15-10:45 am; "The Goon Show" from the BBC Thursdays at 7:30 pm & "CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra" conducted by John Avison Thursdays from 9-9:30 pm.

Audio clip with Alex Trebek reading the news on Oct. 25, 1965 from the CBC Archives.

CBC Radio Program Guide for the fall of 1968: Full program listings which include the debut of "As It Happens."  Also "The World at 6", "Cross Country Check Up", "Symphony Hall" and the local jazz show "Hot Air" all of which are still on the air today.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1969: Highlights included Bruno Gerussi weekday mornings followed by Bob Kerr's long-running classical music program "Off the Record."  Fred Latremouille hosted "New Sounds" on Thursday evenings, "Cross Country Check Up" and the radio version of "Hockey Night in Canada" on Sundays.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1970:  Programs that are still on the air are in bold print.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1971: In the fall of 1971, CBC Radio dumped most of its programs than ran for an hour or less and replaced them with longer programs.  October saw the debut of "This Country in the Morning" with Peter Gzowski.  Bruno Gerussi hosted a 40-minute program at 9:15 am the previous year.  "As It Happens" which was heard only on Mondays live through each time zone from 8-10 pm moved to 5 nights a week from 6:30-8 pm still live to each time zone.  The radio schedule was simplified and ratings started to increase.  This was known at the time as the "radio revolution."   Audio clip of "As It Happens" from Oct. 4, 1971, when the program  began 5 evenings a week. Interviewer: Barbara Frum.  Topic: "Sesame Street."  From the CBC Archives.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1972: Including local historian Chuck Davis hosting the 4-6 pm shift.  The insanely popular local comedy show "Dr. Bundolo's Pandemonium" was heard on Saturday afternoons. 

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1973: Chuck Davis still hosted afternoon drive. He also hosted "Country Style" late night Saturday night.  "Dr. Bundolo" moved to Tuesday evenings.  Peter Gzowski's "This Country in the Morning", "As It Happens", "Cross Country Check Up" and a weekly NHL game on Sundays continued to be the cornerstone of CBC Radio's programming.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1974: Terry David Mulligan began a 6-year run as host of "Great Canadian Gold Rush" which was heard on Monday evenings.
NEW May 19/09: From the CBC Archives "The Great Canadian Gold Rush":  "Is Punk a Passing Fad" broadcast Dec. 31, 1977.
From the CBC Archives "The Great Canadian Gold Rush" as Mick Jagger talks about Keith Richards' heroin bust in Toronto.  Titled "Live at the El Mo!"

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1975: "Quirks & Quarks" began on Wednesday evenings in 1975.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1976 & 1977: "Dr. Bundolo" is back on the air on Mondays at 8, "Quirks & Quarks" moves to its permanent time slot Saturdays at 12:05 pm and no more hockey on CBC Radio.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1978: "The House" debuts on Saturday morning at 9:10 which is still its time slot.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1979:  "Great Canadian Gold Rush" with Terry David Mulligan moves to late night Sundays.

CBC Radio Program Guide from the fall of 1980:  Vicki Gabereau hosts her new show "Variety Tonight" weeknights at 8:05.

CBC Radio Program Guide from Jan. 1983: Peter Gzowski, Vicki Gabereau, "As It Happens", "Cross Country Check Up" and local rush hour interview shows were all part of CBC Radio in 1983.  This is the most recent program schedule that the Vancouver Radio Museum will feature.

Photo 1: The CNRV Players, a Vancouver group that presented some of Canada's earliest drama.  This 1929 photo features from L-R: Jack Gillmore, Corrine Taylor, Aui Shearman, Geoffrey Simpson, Elsie Swann and Frank Sparrow. 

Photo 2: CNRV's studio was housed in the Vancouver CNR depot.  The ceiling is hung with sound-absorbing material.

Photo 3: Esther and Alan Roughton were featured in the domestic comedy "Mr. and Mrs." on CRCV in the mid-30s. 

Photo 4: Ira Dilworth directed the CBC's operations in British Columbia from 1938-46.

Photo 5: The control room of CBR's studio C during a B.C. SchoolBroadcast in the early 40s.  From L-R: Director of Schools Broadcasts Kenneth Caple, unidentified, technical operator Don Horne, producer Roy Dunlop. 

Photo 6: Announcer Bill Herbert recording a program "in the field" with technician Clayton Wilson in the 40s.  Herbert's commentary is being recorded on a Model Y disk recorder. Wilson is ensuring that the strands of cut acetate do not foul the cutting stylus. 

Photo 7: During a drama rehearsal in CBR's studio A, actor-writer Fletcher Markle (left), confers with CBC producer Andrew Allan. In the background are cast members Al Pearce, Claire Murray, Peggy Hazard and Kathy Graham.  The play in production is probably from the series "Baker's Dozen" written by Markle and broadcast in 1941 & 1942.

Photo 8: One of Canada's most popular radio programs.  Two million Canadians tuned into the "Happy Gang" at the height of its popularity.  (Keep in mind that in 2005, 2 million people watch "Hockey Night in Canada" and our population has risen more than 2.5 times.)  The original Gangsters are from L-R: trumpeter Don Farnon, organist Kathleen Stokes, violinist Blaine Mathe, and leader and pianist Bert Pearl.

Photo 9: Radio's most popular orchestra of the 1930s & 1940s was Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen from Vancouver.

Photo 10: Lorne Greene: Canada's Voice of Doom bringing the news of the war home to Canada.

Photo 11: The Four Porters, a blackface quartet from Vancouver heard on CNR Radio.  (Early 1930's)

Photo 12: The new transmitter building for CBU when it changed from CBR and frequency from 1130 to 690 in 1951.  The address is 950 No. 4 Road in Richmond.