Sixty-nine years ago today Canada’s Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King spoke the first words on Canada’s Voice to the World. There was so much hope about how our international broadcaster would serve our country.
As the service evolved and became a dependable, innovative source of Canadian news and culture, its worldwide audience grew.
In 2012, our domestic national broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada which had been hit by a 10% budget cut, decided Radio Canada International was not a priority service, and cut our budget by 80% and took us off radio and satellite, and kept only our web service.
What the future holds, is anyone’s guess.
Thank you for sharing our struggle all these years to maintain a real international broadcast presence. We will not give up.
To hear our first broadcast please go to here
If you’ve forgotten, or just need an extra boost to remember, how amazing radio can be, do not miss out on this wonderful radio documentary by Garth Mullins that was broadcast on February 13, 2014, World Radio Day, by Canada’s national public radio broadcaster, CBC.
In 54 very radiophonic minutes Mullins takes us on an ride – a rediscovery of something very basic, the death of radio has been announced many times, by television, by the Internet. But guess what, it’s still strong, and some suggest it’s in a resurgence.
As Mullins describes on his website “It’s a quasi-autobiographical rumination on the future of radio; a pre-Valentines’ love letter to the medium; a nerd’s lament for what is passing and a look ahead to the radio renaissance that is blossoming. This is my personal experience of radio. It’s a quasi-autobiographical rumination on the future of radio; a pre-Valentines’ love letter to the medium; a nerd’s lament for what is passing and a look ahead to the radio renaissance that is blossoming. This is my personal experience of radio…”
Here’s the link to his documentary “End of the Dial” – enjoy!
February 13, 2014 is the UNESCO World Radio Day – a good day to remind ourselves how important radio and all kinds of communications around the world are. Turn on a radio – remind yourself what a neat wireless device it is. For more info on World Radio Day go here.
(P.S. – Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. And there’s lots to catch up on. But I didn’t want to have that stop me from sharing this important day.)
BREAKING: 6:45PM Ottawa 22:45UTC today CBC and RCI directors to explain 80% budget cut at Senate Committee hearing in Ottawa http://tinyurl.com/cvgwyy2 Radio Canada International