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Conclusion

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cultural debates that occurred on CBC Saskatchewan Radio arts programming; 1986’s

Acoose: Man Standing Above Ground and Ka Tip Aim Media Productions; Greg Daniels’

Night Driving (1988); Andrew Suknaski’s feature Indeo: The Wood Mountain Stampede

Intertribal (1990); Andrea Menard’s cabaret-style Velvet Devil (2001); and 2004’s My

Indian Brother, written by Métis playwright Mirelda Fiddler. Such a study could take

into account not only the audio art from the CBC, but also theatrical, political, literary,

and other developments within Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada.

As far as studying the gay voice in Saskatchewan radio drama, there is a marked

shortage of material to study. In the over 100 plays, features, and audio art pieces I’ve

encountered, I found one gay character. This character does not even speak in the show;

he is referred to. The play in question is a one man show, Larry lives in L.A. by Bob

Barnsley of Saskatoon. The gay character is the title character’s best friend, Kyler. The

gay voice Saskatchewan radio drama is woefully absent. Why this is so demands

attention.

The Saskatchewan tradition of radio drama continues. CBC Saskatchewan is

producing works by established playwrights and burgeoning writers. Each year, young

Saskatchewan writers can enter CBC Saskatchewan’s Youth Drama Competition.

Winners get a play produced on CBC Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan’s 100th birthday has

added a twist to this year’s competition, as Kelley Jo Burke explains:

This year it’s special, because this is Saskatchewan’s centennial. So, we’ve commissioned five playwrights to write stories of Saskatchewan’s past -- and we give them to the kids and we ask them, ‘This is the history. What’s the future going to be?’ We’re asking the kids of the province to write our future. We’re going to have two high-school winners and one in elementary. Elementaries are allowed to write as a class. We’ll produce all of those and run them as a series about what the future holds.

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