This Week in History
This story was initially published in 2004
On July 13, 1934, Canadian broadcaster Peter Gzowski was born in Toronto, Ontario. Known as “Mister Canada” to some and “Mister Broadcasting” to others, he was one of the greatest broadcasters that ever worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He interviewed thousands of people, and touched the lives and hearts of citizens across Canada for many years.
The newly formed CBC set out to provide Canadian and foreign programs across Canada. The CBC, which originally started out in radio broadcasting, presented original plays and classics, religious periods, Canadian Press news bulletins, NHL hockey games, children’s programs and Northern Messenger broadcasts. Initially only available to Central Canada, over thirty years the CBC expanded across Canada and developed international links as well. The CBC was now broadcasting in more than 11 different languages, including Ukrainian, Russian, Czech and Slovak. Radio broadcasting in Canada flourished until the introduction of the television in 1952. The development of CBC radio continued, but inevitably television affected the role of radio, and the size and nature of its audience. A CBC FM network opened in 1960 along with international broadcasting services.
With broadcasters such as the enigmatic Peter Gzowski, CBC was certain to be a stunning success. The Former CBC Buidling in Ottawa, a striking example of modern architecture, was designated a Federal Heritage Building and stands as a testament to the influence of the CBC and individuals such as Peter Gzowski on Canadian broadcasting.
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