CBC Television Network

Matinee Party

Aired Tuesday afternoons from October 1953 to May 1954.

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Let's Make Music

Aired at various times, after school, from September 1953 to May 1954

David Ouchterlony of the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, discussed principles of music for children in this well-received 30 minute program. The show's success relied on Ouchterlony's own ability to communicate and demonstrate music in a simple way that didn't talk down to the viewer. The show's content featured an informal mix of theory and appreciation. Ouchterlony later hosted a nightly classical music program on CFRB radio in Toronto.
Producer: Peggy Nairn

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Ladies' Softball

Aired on Saturday or Wednesday evenings during the summer. 
Considering the CBC's long history of sports coverage from professional hockey to the Olympics, it all had to start somewhere. The CBC carried women's softball games for two seasons: 1953 and 1954. All games originated from Coxwell Stadium in Toronto.

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005

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Jazz with Jackson

Aired at different times from January 1953 to September 1955

A 30 minute program of music with a big band led by pianist Cal Jackson, host Dick MacDougall, and their guests. The show alternated in a Saturday evening slot with The March Of Time until mid-June 1953, when it started a weekly run until 1955. Producer: Norman Jewison.

 

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005

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How About That?

Aired Tuesdays from November 1953 to June, 1954

CBC weatherman Percy Saltzman starred in this 15 minute science show for children. He demonstrated basic principles of physics, and how to make scientific instruments, such as a rain gauge, with readily available materials. Producers: Joanne Hughes and Peggy Nairn

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005

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Holiday Ranch

A country music/variety program originating from Toronto and sponsored by
Aylmer Foods.

Hosts: Cliff McKay, Fran Wright and Hap Masters.

Principal performers: Monique Cadieux, Percy "Duke" Curtis, Matt "Happy Face" de Florio, Ralph "Flying Fingers" Fraser, Anne Cable, "Smiling" Al Harris,
"Dapper" Don McFarlane and "Bouncing" Billy Richards.

Producer - Harvey Hart.

Aired weekly from 1953 to 1958, Wednesday nights.

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002

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Hobby Workshop

Aired after school from October 1953 to June 1955 at various times.

Tom Martin, who, at the time, was the assistant supervisor of art for the Toronto Public Schools system, provided instructions and supervision for children on how to make things with simple tools.
Producers: Joanne Hughes and Peggy Nairn.

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005

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Hans in the Kitchen

Aired Thursday nights from January to October 1953, then aired Tuesday nights from November 1953 to May 1954

Originally known as Good Eating, Hans In The Kitchen was a weekly, half-hour cooking show with Toronto chef Hans Fread.

 

Written by John Corcelli - February, 2005

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General Motors Theatre

General Motors of Canada took over sponsorship of the CBC Theatre in l954 and gave its name to the one hour dramatic broadcast. Supervising Producer: Sydney Newman.

Aired weekly from December 1953 to September 1956.

Written by John Corcelli - April, 2002

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Fighting Words

Host: Nathan Cohen [1953 to 1962; 1970] Peter Gzowski, 1982.

A weekly panel show, using notable quotations from various sources. Started on CBC radio. The television version featured critic and commentator Kenneth Tynan and U.S. educator Robert M. Hutchins. Morley Callaghan was another regular panelist.

In l970, Cohen revived Fighting Words for a brief run, after the CBC ran a couple of the original programs,

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