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Appendix E: Timeline: Saskatchewan and Radio History

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1941

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    December, USA enters WWII

Radio: (AUS) - Douglass Stewart’s Fire on the Snow receives its first production by Frank Clewlow at ABC.

1942

Radio: (CAN) - Baker’s Dozen, a series of 13 half-our plays by Fletcher Markle with producer Andrew Allan. They mark “a genuine turning point for Canadian Radio drama” (Drainie 70). Some claim this signifies the birth of the Golden Age of Canadian Radio Drama (Drainie 71).

1943

SK – April 23: Tom Sukanen dies in the North Battleford institutional hospital.

1944

SK - CCF elected in Saskatchewan – first socialist government in North America. - Premier Thomas C. Douglas, C.C.F., 1944-1961

Radio: (CAN) - January, the first CBC Stage series airs nationally on Sunday evenings.

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    The second CBC network, The Dominion, is formed to air popular

commercial and American programming (Drainie 77).

1945 Radio: (CAN) - The CBC broadcasts 260 half-hour plays, 94% written by Canadians this year. In November, Lister Sinclair’s A Play on Words warrants the review “Radio was grown up last night in Canada” (Drainie 81).

(UK) - BBC drama produces such works as Louis MacNeice's The Dark Tower and the World Theatre series. The Third Programme also begins.

(USA) - When WWII ends, television supplants radio as the dominant media in the United States.

1946 Radio: (SK) - Mary Pattison begins her eighteen-year stint writing The Jacksons and Their Neighbours (CBC’s Prairie regional farm family) for the CBC’s Noon Farm Broadcast.

1947

SK – Swift Current pilot project - socialized medicine trials begin.

1948

SK - Saskatchewan Arts Board created to foster drama, music, literature, and art through radio broadcasts and community outreach and involvement.

1949 Radio: (AUS) - The Lawsons, written by Gwen Meredith, premiers on ABC. (USA) - As television takes over from radio, radio advertising revenues in the USA decline for the first time ever (Greenfield 5).

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