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Appendix E: Timeline: Saskatchewan and Radio History

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aspects of the airwaves – frequency and licensing but not content. The FCC only allows one network per company. Thus, NBC’s Blue network becomes American Broadcasting Company, or ABC (Greenfield 4).

1935

SK – Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act (P.F.R.A.) implemented to promote water conservation and increased efficiency of land use.

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    Premier William J. Patterson, Liberal, 1935-1944

Radio: (CAN) - Robert Caplan’s Biblical series And It Came to Pass

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    CRBC airs Conservative ad agency creation named Mr. Sage.

(USA) Fibber McGee and Molly

1936 Radio: (CAN) - The CRBC becomes the CBC with regulation removed from its mandate.

(USA) - Gang Busters premieres

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    July – CBS’s Columbia Workshop

(AUS) ABC airs a locally produced Shakespeare series – runs until 1938.

1937 Radio: (USA) - The Charlie McCarthy Show begins.

1938 Radio: (USA) - October 31, Orson Welles’ (in)famous adaptation of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds airs on Mercury Theatre.

1939

SK – Rowell-Sirois Commission reports on the results of the Great Depression, stating: "Canada's most serious economic troubles during the 'thirties had their origin in the impact of the world depression and drouth upon the wheat-growing industry of Saskatchewan."

1939

Canada enters WWII. Radio: (SK) - July 1939, CBK begins broadcasting at 50,000 watts from Watrous, SK.

It is deemed the “Largest geographical area in the world served by one transmitter” (CBC Communications Dept.)

(USA) Against the Storm, a wartime-themed soap opera airs.

(AUS) - ABC slightly expanded their dramatic scope with a series called From Shakespeare to Shaw.

1940 Radio: (USA) - Abbott and Costello premieres.

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