CBC Radio

Share The Wealth

A studio audience participation quiz program sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive on the CBC's Trans Canada network beginning in 1941, Saturdays from 6.30 to 7.00 pm. Later it moved to 8:30 to 9:00 pm, preceding Hockey Night in Canada.

First host/quiz master was Bert Pearl, assisted by Hugh Bartlett. They were replaced later by Stan Francis and Cy Mack.


Written by John Corcelli - January, 2002


John and Judy

A radio serial about life in a small Canadian City.
Sponsored by Ponds and carried on the CBC's Trans Canada network from 1940 to 1948, Thursdays from 8.30 to 9.00 pm Eastern time.

Cast included Jane Mallett (until 1946), Bill Needles and Roxanna Bond.

Principal writer: Bernie Braden.


Written by John Corcelli - January, 2002


Don Messer and the Islanders

A country/folk music program produced in Halifax on the Trans Canada network from 1939 to 1959, three-times-a-week. When first broadcast on March 29, 1939, on private station CFBO (later to become CHSJ) Saint John, NB, the program was identified as "The New Brunswick Lumberjacks". When the show was moved by the CBC from radio to television, it became known as "Don Messer's Jubilee". Discontinued by the CBC during 1969, the show was syndicated, and continued in production until 1973.


Sweet and Low

The first program of popular music broadcast on a Sunday by the newly-created CRBC. Launched in the fall of 1935 from the former CNRV studios in Vancouver at 8.00 pm (Pacific time) to the CRBC Western Network, the 30-minute program featured "Mart Kenney and his Seven Western Gentlemen", augmented by a string section. The first announcer was Dick Claringbull, succeeded by Don Wilson or Bill Herbert. "Sweet and Low" was conceived by the CRBC's Western Canada program director Horace Stovin. It became a fixture on the CBC and the Trans Canada networks for almost 20 years.


Forgotten Footsteps

A radio series based on artifacts in the Royal Ontario Museum. [Archaeology]
One hour on Sunday nights on the CRBC Network/CBC Networks, from October 1935 to 1937. Written by Don Henshaw. Produced by Stanley Maxted.


Written by John Corcelli - January, 2002



Atlantic Nocturne


Readings of poetry and prose by J. Frank Willis, assisted by organist Allan Reid and violinist Leon Bolkozotsky. 10.00-10.30 Eastern time on Sunday evenings from Halifax to the CBC national network, originating with CHNS.

Commenced 1935. In 1936, when Frank Willis was hired by the CBC as a producer and moved to Toronto, the program was continued under the title "Nocturne". The organist then was Quentin Maclean.


Written by J. Lyman Potts - January, 2002



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