1950s

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Rehearsal in A

★★

A number of people new to television appeared on the CBC Network in a Winnipeg show called Rehearsal In A. It was a program of jazz, blues, ragtime and pops. Master of ceremonies was Chuck Skelding. The program put the accent on music, lighting and staging, in a behind-the-scenes setting. Barry McCorquodale was the producer.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Remote Assignment

CBC television spread its wings in this series of remote broadcasts produced by Franz Kraemer, who took a mobile unit into the streets of Toronto for sidewalk interviews on events of current interest. The series also included a series of broadcasts from the Canadian National Exhibition.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Rhapsody

★★★★★

Rhapsody This CBC summer series of half-hour programs of traditional music spotlighted three or four different countries on each program, with the performers dressed in authentic costumes. This passing parade of world cultures was supported from week to week by the orchestra and chorus of Ivan Romanoff. Boris Volkoff - choreographer

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Rhythm Pals

★★

This 20-minute musical program, with musical group "The Rhythm Pals" originated in Vancouver. In central Canada, it followed The Nation's Business, and ran every second week to fill a half-hour time slot.

Original Airdates1956
TypeSeries

Riding High

Produced in Vancouver, this musical show had a different setting each week. One week, for example, it took place in a western saloon, and the next it was set in a music hall at the end of the nineteenth century. The half-hour broadcast starred Eleanor Collins, Don Francks, Pat Kirkpatrick, Ron Beckett, and the Four Bits.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Rope Around the Sun

★★½

Cowboy singer Stu Davis starred in Rope Around the Sun, a fifteen minute broadcast of country songs and stories of ranches and the west. Originally scheduled as a summer series, the show was popular enough that it carried over into the regular season of afternoon programs for children. The title for the series was taken from the theme song used by Stu D ...

Original Airdates1958-1962
TypeSeries

Ross The Builder

★★★★★

Ross The Builder In spite of the shenanigans of Paca the macaw and a character named "Foster" who keeps jumping out of a tool box, Ross still managed to show his young viewers how to make such things as model planes and boats. Ross had different guests each week.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Roundabout

This half-hour CBC program included a variety of films of interest to young viewers.

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Roundtable

Roundtable was a debate/panel discussion show which aired for two seasons on CBWT in Winnipeg. The panels were made up from members of the press, government and schools and discussions and debates ranged from municipal to national issues.

AkaRound Table
Original Airdates1955-1959
TypeSeries

Rumpus Room

Jean Ramsay was the "singing hostess" for Rumpus Room, a Winnipeg variety series which started its summer run on CBWT in July, 1957. The program was in the form of informal musical get-togethers, with singer Alvin Blye and an instrumental group conducted by Bob McMullin among the regular performers. Don Browne-Wilkinson was the producer.

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Saddle Songs

★★★★★

Saddle Songs In March, 1956, the Sons of the Saddle first appeared on Winnipeg television screens, and Saddle Songs became one of the most popular television shows seen in Winnipeg. The Sons of the Saddle were also heard Mondays on the CBC Trans-Canada radio network. Ernest Mutimer was producer of Saddle Songs, succeeding Barry McCorquodale, who produced the show fo ...

Original Airdates1956-1959
TypeSeries

Saturday Night Jamboree

★★★★

Gordie Tapp's Saturday Night Jamboree, featured such illuminati guests as the two Tommys, Hunter and Common, King Ganam and Patti Lewis

Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Scan

★★★★★

Scan The CBC examined itself in this early broadcast, sometimes a quarter-hour, sometimes a half-hour. The hosts introduced interviews with figures behind the scenes in programming and production at the corporation. The series also showed the viewers how remote telecasts were produced, how a television studio operated, the work of the film department, and we ...

Original Airdates1957-1960
TypeSeries

Science All Around Us

On Science All Around Us was a quarter-hour afternoon broadcast for school-age viewers, Lorne McLaughlin, of Ottawa Teachers' College, discussed subjects in natural science, such as turtles and reptiles or the sun as a source of energy, and mechanical science, such as motors, how they function and how one can be built with nails, paper clips, and wood. ...

Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Scope

Scope was a half-hour Sunday night program modelled somewhat on the CBC radio series "Wednesday Night," and presented a range of drama, music, reportage, and essay-style material.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

See For Yourself

Ross Snetsinger and his puppet Foster, who appeared regularly on CBC shows for children in the 1950s, starred in this show on arts and crafts, which included play, art, and songs. Ross and Foster worked with children in the studio to show them how to make things like Christmas decorations, and talked about other subjects of interest, such as fish and aq ...

Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Serenade For Strings

★★★★★

Serenade For Strings was a radio show for seventeen years and moved its mixture of show tunes and ballads to television in 1956. Jean Deslauriers conducted the orchestra and directed the sixteen voice women's choral group. He also wrote musical arrangements, with Maurice Dela and Johnny Burt. The regular soloists were soprano Claire Gagnier and bass Den ...

Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

Show That Jack Built, The

A musical variety show, this half-hour broadcast featured Jack Shapira and his orchestra and musical guests, including Norman Brooks, Shirley Shaw, the Altones, Donna Andert, Lou Pollack, Denny Vaughan, the Ad Libs, Sylvia Murphy, Georges LaFleche, and Allan Blye.

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Showtime

Showtime Sponsored by Canadian General Electric, The CGE Show featured the Leslie Bell Singers, a choir of twenty-one young women, and the Howard Cable Orchestra. The program's title changed from The CGE Show to CGE Showtime, and it then became known simply as Showtime. Orchestra leader Howard Cable was the constant throughout the show's history, and a s ...

AkaGeneral Electric Showtime; The CGE Show; CGE Showtime; Showtime with Howard Cable; Summer Showtime
Original Airdates1952-1959
TypeSeries

Six for Summer

This half-hour public affairs show ran on every other week in the summer of 1955. It included a program on contemporary France, with an interview with writers Jacques Servan-Schreiber and Raymond Aron, and a program on labour relations, which included segments of a National Film Board production.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

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