To the Editor:
Lorne Eckersley’s recent column on radio certainly resonates with me. Growing up in the rural 1940s, radio was our contact with the outside world and I remember cold winter nights when reception was particularly good, learning about the cities of Lethbridge and Calgary, though one had never been there, my father listening to the news (CFCN) presented by the Alberta Wheat Pool. We also received an evening radio program from Montana featuring country music. Those were the days of Lefty Frizzel, Webb Pierce and Hank Snow.
When I went to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, I immediately joined RadSoc, the radio society that ran the campus radio station. We also produced a one-hour weekly broadcast for CKUA featuring campus events, on site concerts and sporting events.
Later in Toronto, I was more or less prepared for freelance status for various radio programs for CBC.
Today I listen to a variety of radio stations from around the world, RTE (Ireland), Sputnik (Russia), DW (Germany), ABC (Australia) and, of course, BBC, NPR and PRI. There are also CBC archives available and other Canadian shows such as Charles Adler from Winnipeg.
In many ways, radio is still our shortcut to the outside world.