The History of Radio in Canada on a New Postage Stamp

Canada Post says it assembled a team of experts from academia, communications museums and vintage radio clubs to ensure visual accuracy and an authentic back story for its new stamp honouring radio in Canada.

For history buffs, here’s how radio got started.

The first ever radio broadcast in Canada took place on May 20th, 1920.

It included a live performance by soprano Dorothy Lutton, delivered from the Marconi factory studios in Montréal, to the Naval Radio Service in Ottawa.

A receiving station and large amplifier were set up for the occasion at the Château Laurier hotel with invited guests.

As reported in the Ottawa Journal by one of the journalists invited to listen in, when “the latest one-step” was played, the clarity was so impressive that several of the newspaper writers began to dance.

Later that year, XWA (which had received the first Canadian experimental radio licence in 1919) changed its call letters to CFCF – for Canada’s First, Canada’s Finest.

In 1922, the station made the leap to commercial broadcasting, and Montréal’s CKAC became the first licensed radio station in North America to offer French-language programming.

Thirty-four Canadian radio stations sprang up, garnering thousands fans of the news and entertainment the new medium could bring into their homes.

Today there are upwards of 900 radio stations in Canada, including one of Canada’s newest, 106.5 ELMNT FM.

The new stamp will be issued on May 20th!





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