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Radio on the Canadian Prairies

Discover the importance of radio to Canadian prairie communities in the 1930s


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Length: 0:15:06
Uploaded: 24 Feb, 2017

Recording Date: 30 Jan, 2017
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Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

Program Title: Radio on the Canadian Prairies
Description: In the 1930s, radio broadcasts brought the world into the homes of many folks in such far-flung places as the Canadian Prairies. In Radio Through History, Saskatchewan native Marion Jorgenson (nee Roach) tells the listener about hearing radio for the first time and how it essentially changed her life: how radio brought fear and excitement into her family’s three-room farmhouse with news of the war overseas, how it conjured laughter with such comedies as Jack Benny or Fibber McGee and Molly, how it inspired faith with the Pope's Speech on Christmas Day, and finally, how it opened up the world to young Marion, illuminating opportunities unlike anything she'd ever seen or heard of, at least not in her native McGee, Saskatchewan.

Elaine Harder (a.k.a. Annie Roach) is a Vancouver-based writer, educator, and radio personality. She has been volunteering with CJSF since 2011. As the host and producer of The Arts Edge--a weekly radio show that profiles the arts and innovative ideas, as well as interviews with artists, educators, and everyday people--Elaine is especially interested in looking at what inspires people, and how they make their dreams happen. As a graduate student, in her final year of SFU’s Master of Arts program in Arts Education, Elaine is developing a thesis in which she is exploring how “community radio acts as an artistic and a pedagogical platform for exploring and performing identity.”

Host(s): Elaine Harder
Featured Speakers/Guests: Marion Jorgenson

Credits: Elaine Harder

Comments: Completed as part of CJSF's Making Time for Radio Grant with funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada

Arts and Culture > Radio Arts
Regional > Canada > Saskatchewan
Society and Culture
Type: Documentary

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