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Appendix E: Timeline: Saskatchewan and Radio History

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(USA) - RCA connects radio networks via AT&T telephone lines allowing program sharing across the country.

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    National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is born and starts collecting

affiliates across the country. Eventually, NBC splits into two networks, the Red and the Blue (Greenfield 3).

1927 Radio: (USA) - Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover tries to impose organizing body on the airwaves. The National Radio Commission is created as part of commerce department. The NRC has control over regulation (of frequencies etc.) but limited power over content (Greenfield 2-3).

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    Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) is on the national scene

(Greenfield 3).

1928

SK - Yorkton incorporated

Radio: (CAN) - 6, December - Prime Minister Mackenzie King forms the Aird Commission to study radio broadcasting in Canada

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    CNRV Vancouver presents three one-act plays by Vancouver authors.

1929 Radio: (CAN) - February: CNRV Players’ broadcast a complete version of Othello.

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    April, CNRV Players, with the Vancouver Shakespearian Society,

Broadcast The Merchant of Venice.

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    The CNR Radio Network links twenty-three private stations to broadcast

Canada’s Diamond Jubilee commemoration from Ottawa.

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    September 11, The Aird Commission tables its report.

(UK) - Val Gielgud begins his 20-year reign as the BBC's Drama Department

Productions Director. (USA) - The Goldbergs - the immigrant experience in New York 15 minute

episodes

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    NBC begins airing Radio Guild, a showcase of classics and Shakespeare.

1930s SK – The Great Depression: drought causes catastrophic crop failures; price of wheat falls to its lowest level in recorded history; provincial income drops by 90%.

1930

Canadian election brings R. B. Bennet’s Conservatives to power. SK – Federal Government assigns Natural Resources control to the province.

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    Saskatchewan turns 25.

Radio: (CAN) - Canadian Radio League (CRL) formed to advocate for a public system of radio broadcasting – in hopes of ensuring advertising revenues would not be lost by the print media.

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